By Antonio J. Salmerón
Russian Vladimir Isaychev has indicated today via a press release that he has signed with Professional Continental Team Karpin-Galicia. He noted that he has been "very happy and enthusiastic", and before stating any objectives, he asked for more time for "adaptation and to know a little bit more about Spanish cycling." The 21 year-old started in cycling at the age of twelve years old in Samara, and raced two seasons with Russian U23 Team Lokomotiv, and last year with Italian Team GS 93 Promosport Bred.
In the junior category Isaychev was European 4km Team Pursuit Champion on the track, so he is considered "a good specialist in fighting against the clock." He believes he races with "more consistency," even if last year he could not achieve a win.
For 2008 he also had an offer "from the Liquigas squad," but he preferred to sign with the Karpin-Galicia, "because it gives me better opportunities."
"I had to find information through the internet," said Isaychev of the Galician squad, sponsored by the Russian ex-footballer Vladimir Karpin (now real estate entrepreneur).
For 2008 Karpin-Galicia will consist of Ezequiel Mosquera, Gustavo Dominguez, Marcos Serrano, Carlos Castaño, David Herrero, Juan Mourón, Serafín Martínez, David Garcia, Gonzalo Rabunal, Ramon Troncoso, Eduard Vorganov, Gustavo César Veloso, David Abal Diego and the five new signings of Delio Fernández, Alejandro Paleo, Jesús Cobelo, Alberto Fernández De La Puebla and Vladimir Isaychev.