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“It's a WorldTour competition; we would like to take the last points in order to get the best possible position in the UCI WorldTour team ranking. I think the roster is very balanced.  We will have three good young sprinters...

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03.10.2013 @ 19:12 Posted by Jesper Ralbjerg

Russian team Katusha will give three young riders the chance to prove their worth as team leaders at the final UCI WorldTour race of the year, the Tour of Beijing, next week.


Young sprinter Alexey Tsatevich is set to relish in the opportunity, looking to improve on his 13th position on stage one in 2012 with a stage victory at this year’s event.


Tsatevich is joined by fellow sprinter Marco Haller, who won stage four of the Tour of Beijing last year in a dramatic sprint finish and former German track champion Rudiger Selig, who is the third of the young sprinters set to enjoy the extra responsibility at the Tour of Beijing.


"I will be the leader of the sprints together with Marco Haller and Rudiger Selig,” Tsatevich said.


“Every stage we will decide with the sport directors which is more suitable to Marco and me, and depending also on our shape and the development of each stage we will decide who's going to fight for the victory. Obviously, we will be very motivated because we're young riders and we don't have so many chances to take the victory in WorldTour competition. This will be our chance, so we will do our best in order to take it. I think the roster of the team is very strong, so each one of us will do our best in order to take a good result in

the last race of the season, and then get ready for 2014.”


Katusha sport director Dmitriy Konyshev is confident that his young charges can deliver.


“We will have a good roster in order to take a good result in this prestigious race,” Konyshev said.


“It's a WorldTour competition; we would like to take the last points in order to get the best possible position in the UCI WorldTour team ranking. I think the roster is very balanced.  We will have three good young sprinters in Selig, Haller and Tsatevich and another young Russian rider, Anton Vorobyev.”


Vorobyev is a 22-year-old set to make this most of his opportunity at the highest level. He was the 2012 under-23 time trial world champion and is also the current under-23 Russian time trial champion.


The stage four 150km journey from Yanqing to Mentougou is set to be the toughest day on the road, negotiating two category 1 climbs, including a mountain top finish on Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain and is expected to suit the young climber Petr Ignatenko.


“Petr Ignatenko can do a good job in the tougher stages, helped by Vladimir Gusev and Dmitriy Kozonchuk. So, we will be very motivated to take a good result and close at our best the WorldTour season,” Konyshev said.


“The team is going to be strong and we will come to Beijing in order to be protagonists.”


Gusev is the veteran on the Katusha team, having ridden on the UCI WorldTour for more than a decade and will likely be responsible for guiding team tactics on the road. Kozonchuk and young all-rounder Timofey Kritskiy are also dedicated team members who should work tirelessly for the team.


Katusha line-up for 2013 Tour of Beijing:


Vladimir Gusev (RUS, 31)
A wily veteran who has been a professional for more than a decade. He is an all-round rider who is a three-time Russian time trial champion, but also has the ability to climb with the best in the Grand Tours, with a highest placing of 17th overall at the 2010 Vuelta a España. A strong support rider, he is a respected domestique in the longer stage races.


Marco Haller (AUT, 22)
The young sprinter won stage four at last year's Tour of Beijing in a dramatic sprint finish and will be looking to repeat that performance again in 2013. Carried that form over into this year with a seventh overall finish in the Arctic Tour of Norway. Looks to show plenty of promise after a finishing fifth in the under-23 road race world championship in 2011.


Petr Ignatenko (RUS, 25)
Has progressed through the Katusha development teams gaining experience and in just his second season as a professional last year produced a rare double to win both the sprinters and mountains classification at the Tour de Romandie. Looks to be a climber of the future with a promising Grand Tour debut at the 2013 Giro d'Italia.


Dmitriy Kozonchuk (RUS, 29)
A dedicated team member best suited to the Grand Tours, where he is considered one of the best support riders and key domestiques for the team leader. His best individual result came in 2006 when he finished third in the under-23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège.


Timofey Kritskiy (RUS, 26)
A young all-rounder who has progressed through the ranks at Katusha to now be a rider for all disciplines. Captured two stage victories and finished ninth overall at the 2011 Tour of Bulgaria.


Rudiger Selig (GER, 24)
The young German has impressed in his home Tour of Berlin with stage victories in both 2010 and 2011. He is also a national champion on the track. Since finishing fourth in the under-23 road race at the 2011 world championships, he has gained experience as both a sprinter and one-day Classics rider.


Aleksei Tsatevich (RUS, 24)
Another talented and ambitious young sprinter, who will be returning to the Tour of Beijing after a 13th placing on the opening stage in 2012. The 2011 Russian criterium champion has had impressive results at the 2012 Tour of Turkey and Tour of Austria before finishing tenth overall at the Tour of Belgium this year.


Anton Vorobyev (RUS, 22)
Another young Russian just emerging onto the professional ranks. A time trial specialist, he had the honour of receiving the rainbow jersey as the 2012 under-23 time trial world champion. He is also the reigning Russian under-23 time trial champion.



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