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Gallery: Katusha 2014 team presentation

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Igor Makarov and Viatcheslav Ekimov with the team

Igor Makarov and Viatcheslav Ekimov with the team
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Joaquim Rodriguez with team owner Igor Makrov

Joaquim Rodriguez with team owner Igor Makrov
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Purito was the star rider for Katusha in 2012

Purito was the star rider for Katusha in 2012
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Vladimir Isaichev was easy to spot in his national Russian jersey

Vladimir Isaichev was easy to spot in his national Russian jersey
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A fan gets their photo of the night

A fan gets their photo of the night
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The presentation about to get under way

The presentation about to get under way
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A side view of the proceedings

A side view of the proceedings
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The Katusha team on stage

The Katusha team on stage
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Alexander Kristoff, Vladimir Isaichev and Rodriguez

Alexander Kristoff, Vladimir Isaichev and Rodriguez
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Alexander Kristoff interviewd on stage

Alexander Kristoff interviewd on stage
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Team manager Viatcheslav Ekimov, team boss Igor Makarov and President of Canyon bikes, Roman Arnold

Team manager Viatcheslav Ekimov, team boss Igor Makarov and President of Canyon bikes, Roman Arnold
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President of Canyon bikes, Roman Arnold

President of Canyon bikes, Roman Arnold
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Russian road race champion Vladimir Isaichev

Russian road race champion Vladimir Isaichev
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Canyon had several bikes on show at their headquarters

Canyon had several bikes on show at their headquarters
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The 2014 Katusha team on stage

The 2014 Katusha team on stage
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Joaquim Rodriguez signs a poster

Joaquim Rodriguez signs a poster
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Igor Makarov waves from the podium

Igor Makarov waves from the podium
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Team manager Viatcheslav Ekimov with team owner Igor Makarov

Team manager Viatcheslav Ekimov with team owner Igor Makarov
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Team Manager Viatcheslav Ekimov on stage

Team Manager Viatcheslav Ekimov on stage
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Katusha continue with their red look in 2014

Katusha continue with their red look in 2014
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The legs of Katusha

The legs of Katusha
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Star rider Joaquim Rodriguez

Star rider Joaquim Rodriguez
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Team Manager Viatcheslav Ekimov

Team Manager Viatcheslav Ekimov
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The team bus outside the launch

The team bus outside the launch
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Joaquim Rodriguez is interviewed at the launch

Joaquim Rodriguez is interviewed at the launch
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Vladimir Gusev, Daniel Moreno and Giampaolo Caruso have a look at the 2014 Canyon bikes

Vladimir Gusev, Daniel Moreno and Giampaolo Caruso have a look at the 2014 Canyon bikes
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Igor Makarov and Viatcheslav Ekimov

Igor Makarov and Viatcheslav Ekimov
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Vladimir Isaichev and his teammates on stage

Vladimir Isaichev and his teammates on stage
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Russian champion Vladimir Isaichev chats with Igor Makarov

Russian champion Vladimir Isaichev chats with Igor Makarov
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Joaquim Rodriguez comes on stage

Joaquim Rodriguez comes on stage
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No mistaking the Katusha launch

No mistaking the Katusha launch
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Canyon are continuing with their sponsorship of the team in 2014

Canyon are continuing with their sponsorship of the team in 2014
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Vladimir Gusev, Daniel Moreno and Giampaolo Caruso admire their Canyon bikes

Vladimir Gusev, Daniel Moreno and Giampaolo Caruso admire their Canyon bikes
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Katusha hosted its 2014 team launch in Koblenz, Germany at the headquarters of bike manufacturer Canyon who are sponsoring the team for a third season. Katusha was the third ranked WorldTour team last year despite missing the Tour Down Under after initially not being granted a WorldTour license.

For the second consecutive year, Joaquim Rodríguez  topped the individual WorldTour rankings which was also the third time Rodríguez has done so while at the Russian team.

The launch was also a celebration of the five-year anniversary of the team and the Russian Global Cycling Project which made its racing debut at the 2009 Tour Down Under.

Team owner Igor Makarov was on hand to extend his congratulations to the team. "Today we do not just celebrate the fifth anniversary of our main Russian cycling team and open the season of 2014 for Katusha, but we also celebrate a jubilee of the Russian Global Cycling Project. In the past five years, the Katusha Team, as well as the entire Project, have come a long way and gone through many trials. Fortunately, they have received a hundred times more success and victories in return. First of all, I want to thank our athletes, the Katusha riders, for the success they have achieved and their victories," he said.

"I thank the sports directors and the entire technical personnel of the team for the immaculate job done along the way to our victories. I can tell you with all confidence that good luck smiled on us for all of these five years.

"The Katusha Team has gained a great number of devoted fans, while the support for us on the part of the press made us confident that we had chosen the right track. Certainly, we cannot imagine our Team without our reliable partners, especially such powerful and well-known ones as Gazprom, Rostec, Itera and Canyon.

"We hope we shall continue together. After all, the main thing we have learned in these five years is that while we are united, we are invincible."

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