Ilnur Zakarin signs two-year contract with CCC

The Russian joins the Polish team after five years with Katusha-Alpecin

Ilnur Zakarin at the Tour de France 2019 (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Ilnur Zakarin has signed a two-year deal with CCC, leaving Katusha-Alpecin after five years with the Russian team.

The Russian climber joins the Polish team as a general classification option at stage races, according to general manager Jim Ochowicz, who says CCC's commercial presence in Russia gives the signing added importance.

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