Jose Gonçalves moves to Katusha
Aug 25 2016 08:05 pm CET

Jose Gonçalves moves to Katusha
Jose Gonçalves moves to Katusha

Team Katusha has announced the signing of José Gonçalves, who currently rides for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

The current season has been a successful one for the rider with an overall victory in the Tour of Turkey and he has taken stage wins in the Volta Internacional Cova da Beira and in the Volta a Portugal.

"For me it was a nice surprise to see a big team like Team Katusha contacting me. You always hope for it, but as the season went by, I thought it would remain just a dream. It is however a reality now. I will not disappoint my new employer; they can count on me from the first day," said the Portuguese rider.

"José Gonçalves is a rider we can use on all parcours," said the team's General Manager Viacheslav Ekimov. "He was the Portuguese TT champion, which means a lot. Good TT riders always have a big engine. José is quite fast in a sprint like he showed three weeks ago with his stage win in the Tour of Portugal. He can do lead-outs and he climbs quite well."

"In a team you need these kind of riders who are also willing to sacrifice their chances for others. As far as I have heard he is also a guy creating a good atmosphere in the team, which is more than important, too. José has no experience with the classics, but he has the body for that kind of races. We are curious and look forward to having him with us."

Gonçalves has an identical twin brother who also rides for Caja Rural, but the rider is not bothered by leaving him. "Trust me, we are not inseparable. It's not the first time we ride in separate teams. Most important is that we both do a good job for our respective teams."
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