Gazprom — RusVelo announces two new riders for the season 2020. Russian Vyacheslav Kuznetsov and Italian Marco Canola will reinforce the team.
Vyacheslav Kuznetsov is one of the most experienced Russian riders in the peloton, he has been competing in the UCI WorldTour for eight years.
"I am very excited about joining Gazprom — RusVelo in 2020. I would like to personally thank Renat Khamidulin for his faith and trust in me. We have a shared vision about my role in the team and I am glad to join the squad consisting of a number of my friends and acquaintances. I am sure it will work out successfully"— Vyacheslav Kuznetsov.
The Italian rider Marco Canola with his nine professional victories and many podium places at the prestigious races will also reinforce the Russian squad.
"Gazprom — RusVelo is a new challenge for me and I am sure it will be a great journey. I am really happy and excited to become a part of this team. I have already seen the service course and how everything is organized in the squad and that really impressed me. Renat Khamidulin and Michele Devoti demonstrated their interest and trust in me. I look forward to the upcoming season" — Marco Canola said.
General Manager of Gazprom — RusVelo Renat Khamidulin about the new step in team's history: "The ideology of the team has not changed. Development of the young Russian riders is our priority and main task. The team was, is and will remain Russian.
Modern sport is constantly changing, and we adapt to these changes. The most talented Russian athletes should be able to integrate more quickly and easily into European cycling. We are convinced that not only physical characteristics are significant for a professional athlete. Intelligence and the ability to build relationships and work in an international environment are vital for the development. I think that attracting foreign athletes to our team is a new stage in the history of Gazprom — RusVelo. That is a well-planned step aimed at the long-term development of the team. I would like to thank our title sponsor Gazprom for the constant support and the opportunity to constantly improve".