Two Russians and a Moldovan to join Katusha next season
Team Katusha will add some young talent to its roster in 2010 with the signing of Moldova's Alexandr Pliuschin plus Russia's Timofey Kritskiy and Egor Silin, as reported by Tuttobici.
Pliuschin, 22, has spent the 2008-2009 seasons with French ProTour squad AG2R La Mondiale. He was the Moldovan national road champion in 2008 and represented his nation at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where he competed in both the road race and individual pursuit. In 2007 Pliuschin won the U23 Ronde van Vlaanderen and finished eighth in the U23 time trial world championships.
Kritskiy, 22, rode for the UCI Continental Katyusha squad in 2008 and continued with the ProTour team's development team, Katyusha Continental Team, for 2009. The Russian has 17 career victories, including overall victory at the Five Rings of Moscow, a stage win at the Tour de Bretagne and a solo victory in the U23 La Côte Picarde during his 2009 season.
Silin, 21, makes his professional debut after having raced with the Russian National Team while residing in Italy. The Russian claims five career victories highlighted by a solo stage wins at the Giro della Valle d'Aosta and the Baby Giro plus victory at the Coppa della Pace this season.
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