Joaquim Rodriguez sticks with Katusha despite WorldTour snub

Joaquin Rodriguez, Vuelta a Espana 2012, stage 15

Joaquím Rodríguez, number one-ranked rider of 2012, is remains with Katusha for now despite the team's demotion from the WorldTour, cycling's first division.

"I understand that everyone wants to ask me about the [lack of a WorldTour] licence. It doesn't change anything for me, I have no intention of changing teams because I'm happy here," Rodríguez said yesterday at the team's presentation, according to Tutto Bici.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.