Cycling team Katusha will be registered in the worldtour in 2017 under the name of “Katyusha.” and will serve under the neutral Swiss flag, reports the team’s official website.
The name change is caused by the appearance of “Katyusha” new sponsor-the German company – the manufacturer of shampoos “Alpecin”. The key sponsor remains the team owner Igor Makarov.
“We are now truly international team, so it was logical to change the nationality on the neutral Swiss, – said a member of the Board team Alexis Saab. – Moreover, all the offices of the “Katyusha” has always been located in Switzerland for the past eight years. Our moving to Switzerland it is important symbolically.”
Earlier it was reported that the financing in Russia could not be found. In this regard, the team reduced the number of Russian racers. In the new season there will be only five: Ilnur Zakarin, Maxim Belkov, Pavel Kochetkov, Matvey Mamykin and Vyacheslav Kuznetsov.
“Katyusha” was a professional road Cycling team with the Russian residence permit (license). She was the first in Russia has obtained a license of the higher League of world Cycling.
After the termination of this season of existence, the team “Tinkoff” and changing citizenship “Katyusha” Russian teams in the World tour left.