in the back of the winner Peter Sagan, who efficaciously shield his inexperienced Jersey, Politt crossed the finish line in 8th location. A decent result that might be visible as a signal of existence from a team on the ropes after their riders acquired unpleasant information as suggested with the aid of French sports activities newspaper L'Equipe. Crew Katusha's 24 riders were knowledgeable internally via management that they could are seeking new hire – a hammer blow inside the midst of the highlight in their season.


sponsors have already jumped ship

according to L'Equipe the meeting occurred on Tuesday nighttime. Talking to DW, Katusha press officer Falk Nier denied the claims. "i will't verify that. A meeting already came about remaining Friday, wherein our management informed the riders and our whole employees that that is a totally extreme situation for the group," stated Nier. "Our sponsors Alpecin and Canyon have opted now not to extend their contracts. On this assembly the riders have been told that they have been unfastened to test other alternatives. I might expect that every one the riders have on account that told their sellers."

Are group Katusha carried out and dusted the way L'Equipe suggested? Not consistent with Nier: "The contracts will preserve to run for now, but that might mean the give up." crew proprietor Igor Makarov is anticipated to define the crew's future in the coming days. Whilst that information might be made public, Nier couldn't say on Wednesday evening.

Vladimir Putin involved in crew Katusha's inception

crew Katusha-Alpecin are driving underneath a Swiss license, but have Russia roots after being founded in 2009 to sell Russian biking. Returned then they have been funded by way of Gazprom, Itera (now: Areti), Rostechnologii (now: Rostec) in addition to Rosnef, for whom President Vladimir Putin is said to have in my view liaised.

The race team belongs to Russia billionaire Makarov, whose cash comes from the oil and gasoline industry. Following numerous doping scandals and even serious allegations of fixing a race, the group to start with lost its license in 2013, however reclaimed it after undergoing a revamp. With sponsors Alpecin (shampoo emblem) and Canyon (bicycle producer), there was also a German presence and have an effect on at the team. They may be now searching to interrupt away.

The rumours had been floating around for some time: Katusha-Alpecin ought to merge with the Canyon-geared up Corendon-Circus-team, who currently have rising megastar Mathie van der Poel beneath contract. Or they might integrate forces with the Israel cycling Academy, a 2d-rate team looking to make the step up on the world tour. Nier refused to comment on any of the rumors.

sixteen contracts set to run out

The query now's what is going to be left of Katusha-Alpecin? Pinnacle sprinter Marcel Kittel terminated his settlement back in might also because of a dip in shape, but more so his public dispute with the group. The ultimate captains Ilnur Zakarin and Nils Politt have long been related with movements to other groups, at the same time as other riders will now be actively on the search for a brand new vacation spot. Best eight riders have contracts until the stop of 2020, the final 16's offers expire at the cease of the season.

numerous teams are already within the superior ranges of making plans their squads for the next season, even though any moves can't be introduced until the beginning of august. The Katusha-Alpecin riders should face a nervous wait. Not Politt even though, who commented on the today's improvement: "I'll go together with a hallmark turn of phrase from Cologne. The entirety has been okay up until now."