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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.

Il Lombardia

Dani Moreno swaps Katusha for Movistar in 2016

Having been informed that he would not have his contract at Katusha renewed in the summer, former Fleche Wallonne winner Dani Moreno has impressed enough to secure a move to…

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Katusha suspend Caruso after positive EPO test

Katusha have provisionally suspended rider Giampaolo Caruso after an out-of-competition drugs test dating back to 2012 revealed an Adverse Analytical Finding. The UCI announced the positive EPO test on Tuesday…

Luca Paolini

Luca Paolini: Beard power

Katusha's Tour de France captain and Ghent-Wevelgem winner Luca Paolini talks about his lucky-charm facial hair

Luca Paolini wins the 2015 Ghent-Wevelgem. Photo: Graham Watson

Luca Paolini signs new deal with Katusha

Luca Paolini has agreed a deal to stay at Team Katusha for 2016, which will be his sixth season with the Russian outfit. The 38-year-old Italian triumphed at Gent-Wevelgem this…

Alexander Kristoff wins stage two of the 2015 3-Days of De Panne

Alexander Kristoff extends contract at Katusha

Alexander Kristoff has ended speculation about his future by extending his contract at Russian team Katusha at least until the end of the 2016 season. Kristoff’s coach Stein Orn recently…

Alexander Kristoff wins in the 2015 Tour of Flanders (Watson)

Could Alexander Kristoff move to Team Sky?

With Alexander Kristoff’s contract at Katusha up at the end of the season, rumours are already circulating as to where he will ride in 2016. The Norwegian’s incredible start to…

Tour of Flanders 2015

Mavic wheels go U-shaped

Alexander Kristoff’s and Luca Paolini’s recent Belgian winning streak has been on a new U-profiled front rim supplied by Mavic. The new front wheel has been spotted being used by…