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Gazprom–RusVelo (UCI team code: GAZ),[1] a part of the Russian Global Cycling Project, is a Russian road and track cycling team. It was founded in late 2011 and granted UCI Professional Continental status.[2] For its first season 2012 the team signed several ex-Team Katusha riders along with a few ones from Continental Team Itera–Katusha.

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Team information
Founded2012 (2012)
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerRenat Khamidulin
Team name history
Gazprom–RusVelo jersey
Current season

RusVelo initially included both men's and women's rosters. The directors are Viatcheslav Ekimov, Oleg Grishkin, Egon van Kessel from the Netherlands, and Australian Henk Vogels. The General Manager is Heiko Salzwedel.

Team historyEdit

In December 2012, RusVelo's request for a Professional Continental licence for the 2013 season was denied pending a review.[3] The squad were ultimately awarded a Professional Continental licence on 9 January 2013.[4]


In 2013 the team endured a spate of doping positives. In March Valery Kaikov for the, cancer-causing, banned compound GW501516 (Endurobol).[5] This was the first recorded positive for Endurobol.[6] In June at the 2013 Russian National Championships Roman Maikin and Artem Ovechkin tested positive for Fenoterol and received a six-month ban[7] Andrey Solomennikov tested positive for asthma medication and received a six-month suspension as well.[8] As a result, the team auto-suspended itself from competition.[9] In June 2015, the team received their fifth positive in less than two years when Petr Ignatenko tested positive for human growth hormone (hGH) in an out-of-competition test on April 8, this is only the second hGH positive since Patrick Sinkewitz returned an adverse analytical finding for the substance.[10]

Team rosterEdit

As of 6 January 2021.[11]
Rider Date of birth
  Igor Boev (RUS) (1989-11-22) 22 November 1989 (age 31)
  Marco Canola (ITA) (1988-12-26) 26 December 1988 (age 32)
  Nikolay Cherkasov (RUS) (1996-09-26) 26 September 1996 (age 24)
  Sergey Chernetskiy (RUS) (1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 (age 30)
  Damiano Cima (ITA) (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 27)
  Imerio Cima (ITA) (1997-10-29) 29 October 1997 (age 23)
  Pavel Kochetkov (RUS) (1986-03-07) 7 March 1986 (age 34)
  Roman Kreuziger (CZE) (1986-05-06) 6 May 1986 (age 34)
  Anton Kuzmin (KAZ) (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 24)
  Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS) (1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 (age 30)
Rider Date of birth
  Denis Nekrasov (RUS) (1997-02-19) 19 February 1997 (age 24)
  Artem Nych (RUS) (1995-03-21) 21 March 1995 (age 25)
  Petr Rikunov (RUS) (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 23)
  Ivan Rovny (RUS) (1987-09-30) 30 September 1987 (age 33)
  Cristian Scaroni (ITA) (1997-10-16) 16 October 1997 (age 23)
  Evgeny Shalunov (RUS) (1992-01-08) 8 January 1992 (age 29)
  Dmitry Strakhov (RUS) (1995-05-17) 17 May 1995 (age 25)
  Mathias Vacek (CZE) (2002-06-12) 12 June 2002 (age 18)
  Simone Velasco (ITA) (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 25)
  Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 31)

Major winsEdit

Team Pursuit World Cup Beijing
Team Pursuit World Cup Astana
Stage 2 Vuelta a Murcia, Alexander Serov
Stage 5 Grand Prix of Sochi, Leonid Krasnov
Stage 1 Grand Prix of Adygeya, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 3 Grand Prix of Adygeya, Alexander Mironov
Stage 5 Grand Prix of Adygeya, Viktor Manakov
Overall Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 2, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 8 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Artur Ershov
Stage 3 Tour of China II, Leonid Krasnov
Stage 1 Tour of Hainan, Leonid Krasnov
Stage 1 (ITT) Grand Prix of Adygeya, Ilnur Zakarin
Memorial Oleg Dyachenko, Alexander Rybakov
Grand Prix of Moscow, Ivan Kovalev
Stage 3 Five Rings of Moscow, Sergey Klimov
Stage 1a Tour of Estonia, Leonid Krasnov
  Russia Time Trial Championships, Ilnur Zakarin
Stage 1 Volta a Portugal, Alexander Serov
Stage 1 Vuelta Ciclista a Costa Rica, Evgeny Kovalev
Stage 5 Vuelta Ciclista a Costa Rica, Alexander Serov
Overall Grand Prix of Sochi, Ilnur Zakarin
Stage 1, Sergey Lagutin
Stage 2, Roman Maikin
Overall Grand Prix of Adygeya, Ilnur Zakarin
Stage 1 (ITT), Ilnur Zakarin
Stages 2 & 5, Igor Boev
Mayor Cup, Sergey Lagutin
Memorial Oleg Dyachenko, Andrey Solomennikov
Overall Five Rings of Moscow, Andrey Solomennikov
Stages 2 & 4, Igor Boev
Stage 3, Sergey Lagutin
Overall Tour d'Azerbaïdjan, Ilnur Zakarin
Overall Grand Prix Udmurtskaya Pravda, Artur Ershov
Stage 1 (ITT), Timofey Kritsky
Stage 4, Artur Ershov
Stage 7 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Timofey Kritsky
Stage 2 Baltic Chain Tour, Ivan Balykin
Overall Tour of Kavkaz, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 2, Igor Boev
Stage 4, Sergey Firsanov
Grand Prix of Sochi Mayor, Sergey Firsanov
Overall Grand Prix of Sochi, Alexander Foliforov
Stage 4 (ITT), Alexander Foliforov
Krasnodar–Anapa, Andrey Solomennikov
Stage 3 Tour of Kuban, Roman Maikin
Maykop–Ulyap–Maykop, Ivan Balykin
Overall Grand Prix of Adygeya, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 2, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 5 Tour d'Azerbaïdjan, Sergey Firsanov
Overall Tour de Serbie, Ivan Savitskiy
Stages 1, 2 & 4, Ivan Savitskiy
Stage 1 (ITT) Tour of Slovenia, Artem Ovechkin
  Russia Time Trial Championships, Artem Ovechkin
  Russia U23 Road Race Championships, Artem Nych
Stage 4 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Ivan Savitskiy
  Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 1b (TTT)
Stage 2, Sergey Firsanov
Giro dell'Appennino, Sergey Firsanov
Stage 15 (ITT) Giro d'Italia, Alexander Foliforov
Stage 2 Tour of Estonia, Roman Maikin
Stage 2 Tour du Limousin, Roman Maikin
Stage 4 Okolo Slovenska, Ivan Savitskiy
  Russia Road Race Championships, Alexander Porsev
Stage 2 Toscana-Terra di Ciclismo, Aleksandr Vlasov
  Overall Giro Ciclistico d'Italia, Aleksandr Vlasov
Stage 6 Tour of Austria, Aleksandr Vlasov
  Russia Road Race Championships, Aleksandr Vlasov

National championsEdit


  1. ^ "Road - Teams". Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  2. ^ "New russian pro-continental team RusVelo announced". Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  3. ^ "RusVelo, Andalucia miss Pro Continental licenses". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  4. ^ Farrand, Stephen (9 January 2013). "Katusha applies for Professional Continental licence to ride San Luis". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  5. ^ Cycling News. "Rusvelo's Kaikov fails drug test".
  6. ^ "First cycling positive for GW501516, Rusvelo's Valery Kaykov provisionally suspended".
  7. ^ Cycling News. "Rusvelo face four-week suspension after three positives for asthma drug".
  8. ^ "Rusvelo team hit by three positive tests at Russian national championships". Archived from the original on December 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "Rusvelo team confirms its withdrawal from Giro dell Appennino after trio of positive tests".
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  11. ^ "Gazprom-RusVelo". Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 6 January 2021. Retrieved 6 January 2021.

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