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Team information
Founded2012 (2012)
BicyclesLook Cycles
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerRenat Khamidulin
Team name history
Gazprom–RusVelo jersey
Gazprom–RusVelo jersey
Current season

Gazprom–RusVelo (UCI team code: GAZ),[1] a part of the Russian Global Cycling Project and sponsored by Gazprom, is a Russian road and track cycling team that suspended its activities in 2022. It was founded in late 2011 and granted UCI Professional Continental status.[2] For its first season 2012 the team signed several ex-Team Katusha riders along with a few ones from Continental Team Itera–Katusha.

RusVelo initially included both men's and women's rosters. The directors are Viatcheslav Ekimov, Oleg Grishkin, Egon van Kessel from the Netherlands, and Australian Henk Vogels. The General Manager was Heiko Salzwedel.

In March 2022 the team's licence was revoked by the UCI following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[3] On the same day bicycle manufacturer Look, and wheel provider Corima, both announced the cancellation of their sponsorship of the team.[4] Later that month, the team suspended its activities.[5]

Team history

In December 2012, RusVelo's request for a Professional Continental licence for the 2013 season was denied pending a review.[6] The squad were ultimately awarded a Professional Continental licence on 9 January 2013.[7]


In 2013 the team endured a spate of doping positives. In March Valery Kaikov for the, cancer-causing, banned compound GW501516 (Endurobol).[8] This was the first recorded positive for Endurobol.[9] In June at the 2013 Russian National Championships Roman Maikin and Artem Ovechkin tested positive for Fenoterol and received a six-month ban[10] Andrey Solomennikov tested positive for asthma medication and received a six-month suspension as well.[11] As a result, the team auto-suspended itself from competition.[12] In June 2015, the team received their fifth positive in less than two years when Petr Ignatenko tested positive for human growth hormone (hGH) in an out-of-competition test on April 8, this is only the second hGH positive since Patrick Sinkewitz returned an adverse analytical finding for the substance.[13]

Team roster

As of 8 February 2022.[14]
Rider Date of birth
 José Manuel Díaz (ESP) (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 29)
 Marco Canola (ITA) (1988-12-26) 26 December 1988 (age 35)
 Giovanni Carboni (ITA) (1995-08-31) 31 August 1995 (age 28)
 Nikolay Cherkasov (RUS) (1996-09-26) 26 September 1996 (age 27)
 Sergey Chernetskiy (RUS) (1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 (age 34)
 Nicola Conci (ITA) (1997-01-05) 5 January 1997 (age 27)
 Alessandro Fedeli (ITA) (1996-03-02) 2 March 1996 (age 28)
 Michael Kukrle (CZE) (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 (age 29)
 Eirik Lunder (NOR) (1999-06-09) 9 June 1999 (age 24)
 Matteo Malucelli (ITA) (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 30)
Rider Date of birth
 Denis Nekrasov (RUS) (1997-02-19) 19 February 1997 (age 27)
 Artem Nych (RUS) (1995-03-21) 21 March 1995 (age 29)
 Andrea Piccolo (ITA) (2001-03-23) 23 March 2001 (age 23)
 Petr Rikunov (RUS) (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 27)
 Kevin Rivera (CRC) (1998-06-28) 28 June 1998 (age 25)
 Ivan Rovny (RUS) (1987-09-30) 30 September 1987 (age 36)
 Cristian Scaroni (ITA) (1997-10-16) 16 October 1997 (age 26)
 Dmitry Strakhov (RUS) (1995-05-17) 17 May 1995 (age 29)
 Mathias Vacek (CZE) (2002-06-12) 12 June 2002 (age 21)
 Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 34)

Major wins

National champions


  1. ^ "Road - Teams". Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  2. ^ "New russian pro-continental team RusVelo announced". Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  3. ^ "UCI Status revoked from Russian and Belarusian teams". CyclingTips. 2022-03-01. Retrieved 2022-03-02.
  4. ^ "Look and Corima cancel sponsorship of Russian backed team Gazprom-Rusvelo". CyclingTips. 2022-03-01. Retrieved 2022-03-02.
  5. ^ "Gazprom-RusVelo suspends racing activities during ongoing sponsor search". March 28, 2022.
  6. ^ "RusVelo, Andalucia miss Pro Continental licenses". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  7. ^ Farrand, Stephen (9 January 2013). "Katusha applies for Professional Continental licence to ride San Luis". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  8. ^ Cycling News. "Rusvelo's Kaikov fails drug test".
  9. ^ "First cycling positive for GW501516, Rusvelo's Valery Kaykov provisionally suspended".
  10. ^ Cycling News. "Rusvelo face four-week suspension after three positives for asthma drug".
  11. ^ "Rusvelo team hit by three positive tests at Russian national championships". Archived from the original on December 3, 2013.
  12. ^ "Rusvelo team confirms its withdrawal from Giro dell Appennino after trio of positive tests".
  13. ^ "RusVelo's Ignatenko and Southeast's Carretero return positive doping tests". 9 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Gazprom-RusVelo". Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
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