The third edition of three day-long, increasingly popular Colnago Cycling Festival drew thousands of cyclists, fans and their family members to the shores of the Lake Garda.
RusVelo rider Sergey Firsanov won the fifth and final stage of 2.1 Tour d'Azerbaijan, traditionally held in the country's capital, in a late solo attack, crossing the line just ahead of Alexander Shushemoin (Kazakhstan national team) and the main bunch spearheaded by the Slovenian Matej Mugerli (Synergi Baku Cycling Project).
RusVelo rider Andrey Solomennikov came in third in the queen stage of 2.2 Five Rings of Moscow held on the Olympic road race circuit, 1980 Games venue, an unparalleled roller-coaster course.
RusVelo team's assigned sprinter Roman Maikin found himself caught in a mass high-speed pileup midway through the 1st stage of the 2.2 Five Rings of Moscow and had to immediately quit the race because of a swollen knee and a sharp pain in the chest.
RusVelo rider Roman Maikin came in third in the fifth and final stage of the Tour of Croatia, set between the cities of Sveti Martin and Zagreb over 177 km-long predominantly flat course with a technical cobblestone uphill finish.
RusVelo rider Roman Maikin came in third in the sprint battle of stage two of the UCI 2.1 Tour of Croatia. 180 km between the cities of Sibenik and Zadar finished in a couple of tight, highly technical city laps.
RusVelo rider Sergey Firsanov takes the second stage race overall win this season holding on to the yellow jersey of the GP of Adygeya.
RusVelo rider Ivan Balykin won the inaugural edition of 1.2 Maykop-Uliap-Maykop, beating Timofey Kritskiy (Russian national team) in a two-man sprint.
Apart from pure physical conditioning, we'll focus on polishing technical and tactical aspects. To win you have to be impeccable in all the phases of the race, there should be ideal interaction between us two. We saw at the Olympics that top favorites like the British and the Chinese teams missed their chance through this, no matter how strong they were at the moment; and I have little down they put a huge focus on this part of preparation. So it's an area that makes the difference when the teams are more or less on the same level”.
Last Sunday gave RusVelo much more reasons for celebration than the previous racing day when the team lost the leader's jersey in the Tour of Kuban.
RusVelo riders Andrey Solomennikov and Roman Maikin finished first and second in the inaugural edition of Krasnodar-Anapa one-day race held in the South of Russia. A 178 km-long event saw a group of fifteen ride away around 35 km into the race on a coastal road open to gusts of side wind.
RusVelo rider Alexander Foliforov won the first stage race in his career as a pro taking the general clasification of the GP of Sochi. Rated by many experts as a naturally born climber, he left his mark on a couple of races in the mountains of Europe last year, including podium places at Ronde de l'Isard and Le Tour de l'Avenir.
The pro continental squad of RusVelo opened this season's winning score in the capital of 2014 winter Olympics, having taken all the three podium spots on the top of a long final climb to the ski resort of Rosa Khutor.
RusVelo track and road rider Artur Ershov won the points race gold medal at the UCI Track World champioships in Paris as the best team's achievement so far. He finished a single point ahead of the Spaniard Eloy Teruel and two points clear of the German Maximilian Beyer in an all-out battle till the very last meter of this extremely exciting 160-laps long race.
The 7th of March will be the day of RusVelo's debut in one of the most spectacular one-day classics. Slightly less than a month before the very important event, on their way back from the training camp on the Tyrrhenian coast, the Strade Bianche first timers rode 150 km along all the key sterrato sections.
RusVelo track team riders won two medals at the UCI World Cup in Cali, Columbia. The second day of races was marked by an impressive performance of a recently created quartet, composed of two experienced riders, Artur Ershov and Alexander Serov, and two youngsters, Aleksandr Evtushenko and Alexey Kurbatov.
Fifteen RusVelo riders came together on the Tyrrhenian seaside for the penultimate pre-season training camp.
Timofey Kritskiy, true to his reputation of a regular winner in remote time zones, took stage 7 of the Vuelta Kölbi a Costa Rica.
Today RusVelo stepped on the road to the new season. At the team meeting, which opened the pre-season camp in Peschiera del Garda, Italy, the riders saw an all-new team kit for the first time.
On the final day of the UEC European Track Championships RusVelo riders, representing Russian national squad, made it to the keirin podium twice.