WorldTour Team KATUSHA

The history of Team Katusha begins with its founder, Igor Makarov, who also serves as the President of ARETI International Group (ARETI IG), Honorary President of the Russian Cycling Federation, and a member of the UCI Management Committee. Through his stewardship, passion, and dedication to the sport of cycling, the Team Katusha brand has gone on to become synonymous with both athletic excellence and social responsibility.

In late 2008, Team Katusha was founded by Igor Makarov as the first Russian cycling team licensed to compete at the highest level of cycling in the UCI WorldTour (formerly the ProTour).

In their first season of 2009, UCI ProTour Team Katusha took its place among the elite of professional cycling. From 2009-2015, the team won 192 races along with 344 podium places. These and subsequent wins firmly established them as one of the three best teams in the UCI WorldTour professional rankings–placing second in both 2012 and 2015, and third in 2013.

2015 proved exceptionally successful for Team Katusha as they broke records across many areas. Katusha riders won 40 races, earned 28 second places, and 35 third places with 100 podium victories in all. The same year, Katusha finished the season, taking second place, and scoring a record number of 1606 points. In 2016 Katusha finished the season in sixth place with 789 points. Notably, Team Katusha’s leader Alexander Kristoff led the team to 20 victories during the season.

Though the team changed its name to Katusha-Alpecin in 2017 to reflect the name of its second sponsor, Alpecin, the team’s core remains the same. Heading into the 2017 season, the team’s ninth, Katusha is ready and excited to set new goals and face new challenges.

Team Katusha has become more than just a professional cycling team. Katusha’s members have established a new level of sportsmanship to become a phenomenon in professional cycling history. The team’s popularity was also the basis for establishing the successful sports clothing brand Katusha-sport.


To this day, ARETI International Group continues to promote and support charity and cycling ventures all over the world. ARETI IG carries out the charity traditions of ITERA IGC, which includes multiple large-scale philanthropy projects and charity events. Among those projects are environmental initiatives like Flight of Hope, dedicated to the saving of Great White Cranes; youth-based initiatives like Books for Cecutient Children and programs for orphaned children; charities that support veterans; as well as philanthropic construction projects to restore churches.

For its socially conscious and charitable projects, ARETI IG has been awarded multiple prizes including the PROBA-IPRA Golden World Awards and UNESCO’s Gold Certificates and Gold Medal.


Alexander Kristoff won 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th stages at Tour of Qatar

Anton Vorobyev won prologue at Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen

Alexander Kristoff won 1st stage at Paris – Nice

Alexander Kristoff won 1st stage at Paris – Nice

Luca Paolini won Gent – Wevelgem

Alexander Kristoff won 1st, 2nd, 3rd (a) stages and General Classification at Driedaagse De Panne – Koksijde

Angel Vicioso won Gran Premio Miguel Indurain

Alexander Kristoff won Ronde van Vlaanderen

Alexander Kristoff won Scheldeprijs

Joaquim Rodriguez won 3rd, 4th stages and General Classification at Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco

Ilnur Zakarin won General Classification at Tour de Romandie

Ilnur Zakarin won 11th stage at Giro d’Italia

Alexander Kristoff won 1st and 2nd stages at Tour of Norway

Alexander Kristoff won 1st, 2nd, 3rd stages at Tour des Fjords

Marco Haller won General Classification at Tour des Fjords

Alexander Kristoff won GP du canton d’Argovie

Alexander Kristoff won 7th stage at Tour de Suisse

Simon Špilak won General Classification at Tour de Suisse

Gatis Smukulis won ITT at Latvian National Championships

Marco Haller won Road Race at Austrian National Championships

Lurii Trofimov won Road Race at Russian National Championships

Team KATUSHA won Prologue at Tour of Austria

Joaquim Rodriguez won 3rd stage at Tour de France

Joaquim Rodriguez won 12th stage at Tour de France

Vladimir Isaychev won 3rd stage at Vuelta a Burgos

Daniel Moreno won 5th stage at Vuelta a Burgos

Alexander Kristoff won 1st stage at Arctic Race of Norway

Alexander Kristoff won GP Ouest France – Plouay

Alexander Kristoff finish second at Kuurne–Bruxelles–Kuurne

Anton Vorobyev finish second for General Classification at Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen

Simon Spilak finish second for the 6th and 7th stage at Paris – Nice

Alexander Kristoff finish second at Milano – Sanremo

Alexey Tsatevich finish second for the 4th stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe

Joaquim Rodriguez finish second for the 6th stage at Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco

Ilnur Zakarin finish second for the 5th stage at Tour de Romandie

Simon Špilak finish second for the 6th stage and General Classification at Tour de Romandie

Tiago Machado finish second for the 4th stage at Bayern Rundfahrt 

Rüdiger Selig finish second for the 5th stage at Bayern Rundfahrt 

Tiago Machado finish second for General Classification at Bayern Rundfahrt

Iurii Trofimov finish second for the 15th stage at Giro d’Italia

Marco Haller finish second for the 1st stage at Tour des Fjords

Daniel Moreno finish second for the 2nd and 3rd stage at Tour de Suisse

Simon Špilak finish second for the 9th stage at Tour de Suisse

Tiago Machado finish second for the ITT at Portuguese National Championships

Angel Vicioso finish second for the 3rd stage at Tour of Austria

Eduard Vorganov finish second for the 7th stage at Tour of Austria

Daniel Moreno finish second for the 1st and 4th stage at Vuelta a Burgos

Jacopo Guarnieri finish second for the 2nd stage at Eneco Tour 

Ilnur Zakarin finish second for the 4th stage at Arctic Race of Norway 

Alexander Kristoff finish second at Vattenfall Cyclassics

Joaquim Rodriguez finish second for General Classification at Vuelta a España

Daniel Moreno finish second at Il Lombardia 

Alexander Kristoff finish third for General Classification at Tour of Qatar

Alexey Tsatevich finish third at Trofeo Laigueglia

Rüdiger Selig finish third for 5th stage at Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta

Tiago Machado finish third for General Classification at Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta

Simon Špilak finish third for General Classification at Paris-Nice

Joaquim Rodriguez finish third for 4th and 5th stage at Tirreno-Adriatico

Marco Haller finish third at GP Nobili Rubinetterie

Sergei Chernetckii finish third for 7th stage at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Alexander Kristoff finish third for 3rd (b) stage at Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde

Ilnur Zakarin finish third for 1st stage at Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco

Joaquim Rodriguez finish third at Liège-Bastogne-Liège  

Team KATUSHA finish third for 1st stage at Tour de Romandie

Ilnur Zakarin finish third for 6th stage at Tour de Romandie

Alexander Kristoff finish third for 5th stage at Tour of Norway

Marco Haller finish third for 5th stage at Tour des Fjords

Egor Silin finish third for 5th stage at Baloise Belgium Tour

Simon Špilak finish third for 5th stage at Tour de Suisse

Alexander Kristoff finish third for 6th stage at Tour de Suisse

Tiago Machado finish third for Road Race at Portuguese National Championships

Sergey Lagutin finish third for Road Race at Russian National Championships

Alexander Kristoff finish third for 15th and 21th stage at Tour de France

Sergey Lagutin finish third for General Classification at Tour de Wallonie

Gatis Smukulis finish third for 4th stage at Tour de Pologne

Daniel Moreno finish third for General Classification at Vuelta a Burgos

Alexander Kristoff finish third for 2nd stage at Arctic Race of Norway

Ilnur Zakarin finish third for General Classification at Arctic Race of Norway

Daniel Moreno finish third for 4th stage at Vuelta a España

Joaquim Rodriguez finish third for 9th stage at Vuelta a España

Team KATUSHA finish third for 1st stage at Tour of Alberta

Alexey Tsatevich finish third for 2nd stage at Tour of Alberta

Daniel Moreno finish third for 15th stage at Vuelta a España

Alexander Kristoff finish third at Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec

Pavel Kochetkov finish third at Tour of Almaty