Katusha-Alpecin riders told to look for new contracts as team set to fold, according to reports

The Russian-Swiss team, home to Alex Dowsett and Harry Tanfield, will cease racing at the end of the season, according to French media

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Riders signed to Katusha-Alpecin have been told they can look for new contracts as the team is set to fold at the end of the season, according to reports.

The Russian-Swiss outfit, which formed in 2009, is expected to cease racing at the end of 2019 as headline sponsor Alpecin and bike provider Canyon are believed to be moving their money elsewhere.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.