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Slightly motley assortment of underachieving Russians, plus Joaquim Rodríguez and Alexander Kristoff, who cover the dysfunction of the team with a veneer of very respectable placings and wins.

Rodríguez will be attempting to finally break his grand tour duck this year as he looks towards the the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España once he’s had a crack at the Ardennes Classics. At 35-years-old, it’s surely now or never for the diminutive Spaniard if he’s going to claim an overall win from one of the big three.

It’s difficult to know what to expect from a Katusha team if they line-up without their two stars, but with likes of bearded Classics specialist Luca Paolini and hit-and-miss climbers like Daniel Moreno and Simon Spilak, there’s always a chance of an unexpected victory within the squad.

Ilnur Zakarin in 2017 Katusha-Alpecin kit

Katusha-Alpecin unveiled their new team clothing at the squad’s 2017 launch event in Calpe, Spain, on Saturday. Shampoo manufacturer Alpecin joins the previously-Russian WorldTour team as co-title-sponsor, having previously sponsored…