Giro: the spirit of “Katyusha” is alive and well

Slovenian rider Matej Mohoric (Bahrein-Merida) won the 10th stage of the famous race “Giro D’italia”. In the General standings of the race continues to lead the British Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).

By the way, Yates won the previous 9-th segment of the path, completes in incredibly difficult conditions at Gran Sasso: on high altitude in not that snow – real snow (Yes, in Italy in may and it happens). Not coincidentally, perhaps, this step was not in the Giro already in the last century – since 1999.

“Yes, the hardest stage to reach, to be honest, not everyone will be able,” almost in one voice recognized two Russian rider Viacheslav Kuznetsov and Maxim Belkov, playing for team Katusha-Alpecin. She now chases under the Swiss flag, but maintained nonetheless, “katashina” the signature feature of those times when the flag over the camp of the team flew different – the Russian tricolor.

Not surprising, since the cartridge team is still the President of Federation of Bicycle sports of Russia Igor Makarov.

The spirit of “Katyusha” is also very much alive – and is a special correspondent of “IR” felt! And live his incarnation – the legendary Sergey Ushakov, in the recent past, the famous cyclist who won stages in all three Grand mnogodnevki (“Giro”, “Vuelta” and of course “Tour de France”). Now working in “katsinam” management. It’s hard to say who it is – the PR Director or the person who is to each athlete or journalist will be able to find a special approach and which can be called “the soul of the team.”

And he Giro – for 30 years. Of their (exactly!) 50. By the way, anniversary, Ushakov said there as recently as 11 may, when the race had already moved from Israel, where for the first time launched outside of Europe.

“Yes I did almost every year the birthdays celebrated here, – smiles Sergey. – First, as a racer, and then as an employee of “Katyusha”. So the calendar is drafted. He never in his birthday did not win, but played for team Katusha Italian Luca Paolini on the 45th anniversary gave me a gift. Won exactly the next day – may 12!”

This time, alas, such a gift. did not work. Anyway it will be great happiness and wonder if Katusha-Alpecinвозьмет at least one stage…

All in all, in terms of acquisition bescennov experience such races as the Giro, is indispensable. The same Kuznetsov in fact already started preparations for Tokyo 2020.

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