Katusha to become Katusha-Alpecin for 2017

German hair manufacturer to leave Giant to form Katusha-Alpecin, with the team's licence swapping from Russia to Switzerland

Katusha's Alexander Kristoff wins stage three of the 2016 Tour of Oman. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

WorldTour team Katusha are undergoing some big changes ahead of the 2017 season with a new sponsor, new name and registration with a new national federation.

From next season the team will be called Katusha-Alpecin, as the German shampoo maker moves across from its sponsorship of Giant. Further, the team's licence will be registered in Switzerland rather than Russia.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.