Team KATUSHA ALPECIN has reached an agreement for a two-year contract extension with team leader Ilnur Zakarin. Zakarin, age 27, has ridden since 2015 for the team and this new agreement keeps him in team colors through 2019.
"I am looking forward to two more years with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN,” said Ilnur Zakarin. “Since I became part of the team, I have steadily improved, and I hope to continue to do so in the future. I hope to make myself happy, as well as all the people who work for the team.”
Zakarin is the current Russian time trial champion, repeating his performance from 2013. He has recently raced the Tour of Austria after recovering from the 2017 Giro d’Italia, where he placed 5th on the general classification. Other career highlights include winning stage 17 at the Tour de France 2016 as well stage 11 in the Giro d’Italia 2015. He earned the victory in stage 6 in Paris-Nice 2016 and the overall for the UCI WT Tour de Romandie in 2015.
"We are happy to continue working with Ilnur,” said general manager José Azevedo. “He has shown in this year's Giro d'Italia and many other times that he is one of the most active and best climbers in the world. If he continues to work hard, I am sure he will one day be high up on a podium of a Grand Tour. We will give him the best support possible from the team.”
Zakarin now sets his next goal as the Vuelta a España, which starts in mid-August. His lead-up race will be Tour de Pologne.
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