Swiss rider Reto Hollenstein joins Team Katusha
Oct 04 2016 06:09 pm CET

Swiss rider Reto Hollenstein joins Team Katusha

Swiss rider Reto Hollenstein has found a new team for the 2017 season, having joined Team Katusha after forming part of IAM Cycling for four years.

The Russian formation announced their latest signing in a press release on Tuesday, describing their latest addition as an "excellent all-rounder".

"The nice thing about Reto is that we can exploit his skills in all kinds of races," said Katusha's General Manager Viacheslav Ekimov.

"Reto has shown in the last years that he is fully dedicated to his employer. Classics, Grand Tours or smaller races, it doesn't matter to him. The fact that for the last three years IAM Cycling brought Reto to the Tour de France tells enough.

"You can build on him. Thanks to his good time trial skills he is also able to finish high in smaller stage races. At Team Katusha all races are important, so Reto will get his personal chances too. We look forward to embracing him in our group."

Hollenstein himself is happy to join the team and assist teammates on different terrains.

"I am very happy to join Team Katusha. This is another step upwards in my career. Katusha is a big team, becoming more and more international, and has a lot of good riders.

"I am delighted to be able to work for Alexander Kristoff, Ilnur Zakarin and many others and to ride their world class bikes. For me this is just a dream come true. What maybe makes me most happy is that the team was keen to have me. They know they can count on me to work and I will not disappoint them.

"Of course everybody has personal ambitions but my first focus will be the team. I am happy when the team is happy. My own ambitions are secondary."

Hollenstein, 31, began his professional career in 2008 and has since taken part in three editions of the Tour de France and the 2012 Giro d'Italia. In 2016 he finished second in the Tour of Belgium and ninth in the Arctic Race of Norway.
Image: Team Katusha logo



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