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Gallery: Rodriguez, Menchov and Kolobnev in new kit

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Viatcheslav Ekimov and Denis Menchov have seen it all.

Viatcheslav Ekimov and Denis Menchov have seen it all.
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Giro d'Italia director Michele Acquarone chats with Katusha directeur sportif Valerio Piva.

Giro d'Italia director Michele Acquarone chats with Katusha directeur sportif Valerio Piva.
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Joaquim Rodriguez is the leader at Katusha.

Joaquim Rodriguez is the leader at Katusha.
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Luca Paolini (Katusha).

Luca Paolini (Katusha).
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Katusha has altered its kit for 2013.

Katusha has altered its kit for 2013.
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Katusha's 2013 line-up, complete with WorldTour insignia on their jerseys.

Katusha's 2013 line-up, complete with WorldTour insignia on their jerseys.
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) walks on stage.

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) walks on stage.
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Russian champion Eduard Vorganov (Katusha).

Russian champion Eduard Vorganov (Katusha).
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Team Katusha's presentation was overshadowed by its failure to make the WorldTour.

Team Katusha's presentation was overshadowed by its failure to make the WorldTour.
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Katusha were presented in Brescia on Wednesday night.

Katusha were presented in Brescia on Wednesday night.
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) is world number one.

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) is world number one.
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Much speculation surrounds Joaquim Rodriguez's future after Katusha's failure to gain WorldTour status.

Much speculation surrounds Joaquim Rodriguez's future after Katusha's failure to gain WorldTour status.
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Alexandr Kolobnev has had a troubled pair of seasons.

Alexandr Kolobnev has had a troubled pair of seasons.
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Lights, camera, action for Katusha.

Lights, camera, action for Katusha.
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Denis Menchov (Katusha). Note the WorldTour emblem on his jersey...

Denis Menchov (Katusha). Note the WorldTour emblem on his jersey...
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A graphic depiction of Joaquim Rodriguez's triumph atop the Mur de Huy.

A graphic depiction of Joaquim Rodriguez's triumph atop the Mur de Huy.
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A relaxed Denis Menchov (Katusha) in Brescia.

A relaxed Denis Menchov (Katusha) in Brescia.
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Viatcheslav Ekimov is Katusha's new manager.

Viatcheslav Ekimov is Katusha's new manager.
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Katusha manager Viatcheslav Ekimov with Denis Menchov.

Katusha manager Viatcheslav Ekimov with Denis Menchov.
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Team Katusha was presented in Brescia, Italy.

Team Katusha was presented in Brescia, Italy.
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Katusha's 2013 roster.

Katusha's 2013 roster.
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) makes his point.

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) makes his point.
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).
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Joaquim Rodriguez and Alexandr Kolobnev will lead Katusha in the classics.

Joaquim Rodriguez and Alexandr Kolobnev will lead Katusha in the classics.
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) salutes the crowds.

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) salutes the crowds.
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Joaquim Rodriguez, Viatcheslav Ekimov and Denis Menchov react to another question about Katusha's exclusion from the WorldTour.

Joaquim Rodriguez, Viatcheslav Ekimov and Denis Menchov react to another question about Katusha's exclusion from the WorldTour.
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Russian television personalities were on hand at the Katusha presentation.

Russian television personalities were on hand at the Katusha presentation.
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Viatcheslav Ekimov addresses the crowd in Brescia.

Viatcheslav Ekimov addresses the crowd in Brescia.
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).
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Katusha strike a pose for the cameras.

Katusha strike a pose for the cameras.
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Viatcheslav Ekimov with his leaders Joaquim Rodriguez and Denis Menchov.

Viatcheslav Ekimov with his leaders Joaquim Rodriguez and Denis Menchov.
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Viatcheslav Ekimov, Joaquim Rodriguez and Denis Menchov hope to find the winning formula.

Viatcheslav Ekimov, Joaquim Rodriguez and Denis Menchov hope to find the winning formula.
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Katusha proudly show off their new kit.

Katusha proudly show off their new kit.
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Viatcheslav Ekimov takes over the reins at Katusha.

Viatcheslav Ekimov takes over the reins at Katusha.
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Katusha manager Viatcheslav Ekimov with Joaquim Rodriguez.

Katusha manager Viatcheslav Ekimov with Joaquim Rodriguez.
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Denis Menchov struts his stuff at the Katusha presentation.

Denis Menchov struts his stuff at the Katusha presentation.
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The Katusha team tried to shrug off the doubts about its future in professional cycling and questions about its ethics with a glamorous and upbeat team presentation in Brescia, Italy on Thursday night.

The presentation was held in the spectacular Palazzo della Loggia in the centre of Brescia, where the 2013 Giro d'Italia will end in May.
Team leader Joaquim Rodriguez finished second in this year's Giro d'Italia behind Ryder Hesjedal but the UCI's decision to refuse Katusha a WorldTour licence for ethical reasons means the team does not know if it will ride next year's Giro d'Italia or any other WorldTour race in 2013.

The UCI's unexpected decision has rocked the team and angered team owner Igor Makarov. He had been expected to attend the presentation but opted to stay in Moscow and so avoided questions about the Katusha team's ethics and the riders linked to Dr Michele Ferrari and the Padova police investigation.

New team manager Viacheslav Ekimov was forced to front the presentation and reminded everyone that the Katusha team is just part of the Russian Global Cycling Project designed to promote cycling in Russia thanks to massive funding from Makarov and leading Russian companies such as Gazprom, Itera, Rosneft and Russian Technologies. Canyon is again bike sponsor.

Two of Russian's most popular female sports presenters introduced the riders in Russian, starting with the shy Russian neo-pros and ending with team leaders Denis Menchov and Joaquim Rodriguez. Rock music accompanied each rider as they walked on stage wearing the slightly redesigned Katusha race kit that has more red white and blue colours to represent the Russian flag.

The team's roster is largely unchanged. Oscar Freire has retired, while new names include Under 23 world time trial champion Anton Vorobyev..

The backbone of the team includes experienced Russian and European riders including Xavier Florencio, Vladimir Gusev, Mikhail Ignatyev, Alexander Kristoff, Alberto Losada, Daniel Moreno Luca Paolini and Angelo Vicioso.

Alexandre Kolobnev got one of the loudest cheers from the Katusha guest and smiled from the stage, seemingly totally unperturbed by the team's problems and the ongoing investigation into allegations that he sold the 2011 Liege-Bastogne-Liege to Alexandre Vinokourov.

Ekimov banged the drum with a patriotic speech."Katusha is ready to start its fifth season after four contradicting years," he said. "We've achieved 97 victories an 197 podium places so far. We hope to do as well in 2013 and represent the Global Russian Cycling Project. We want to show that Russia is a big country and that we will direct our efforts to strengthen cycling in Russia."

"Our season has already started. We've started the race to defend our interests, to defend our rights. Were here to show we're united and that when we're united nobody can beat us. Our common goal is that we obtain everything we have the right to obtain."

The presentation ended with the riders posing for a team photograph, while the patriotic Katusha song played loud in the room.