Giro d'Italia - Tinkoff Credit Systems Team Preview
Oleg Tinkov rolls out a team sure to animate the Giro and gain some more credits
for his banking and cycling interests.
Tinkoff Credit Systems is one of the teams who were invited to this Giro with
a wild-card. The team of Russian millionaire Oleg Tinkov will come with a good
team despite arriving without Tyler Hamilton and Jörg Jaksche. They also
replaced Ruggero Marzoli. Tinkoff comes with a very strong team the team of
experienced and young talented Russian riders. The GC rider of the team will be
Evgeni Petrov. Petrov is coming from the Lampre team and has a good TT and can
do very well on the climbs. He is one of the riders who can ride top 20 in
The experienced riders in the team are Salvatore Commesso, Elio Aggiano and
Daniele Contrini, all Italians. Commesso formerly rode for Lampre/Fondital;
while Elio Aggiano and Daniele Contrini are previously rode for Team LPR. The
team has had a more than successful season this year showing well and picking up
wins starting earlier this year at the Tour of Langkawi. Daniele Contrini won a
stage in the Tour de Georgia and rode in the leaders jersey for a while and the
others rode an aggressive race and animated the race in breaks rewarding their
sponsor owner with some solid publicity.
The goals for the team coming to the Giro is to be in break-aways searching
for stage wins and to pilot the Russian young guns through the Giro peloton.
Spaniard Ricardo Serrano is a good all-rounder. Serrano rode for Kaiku last
season and won a stage and the final ranking in the Vuelta Ciclista a la Rioja
and was 2nd in the final ranking of the Volta Communidad Valenciana. This year
he was 2nd in the final ranking of the Tour of Mediterranean, 3rd in the Tour du
Haut Var and 3rd in a stage in the Volta ao Alentejo. As you can see by the
races he can climb very well and has a good sprint. Serrano may be able with
Petrov to land near the top of the general classification; but more likely both
will be a candidates for stage wins.
Nikolai Trussov (l) and Mikhail Ignatiev (r) at the Los Angeles track World Cup.
The final riders to be introduced are the three Russians who will anchor the
TTT in Caprera on Saturday. The three Russians are; Mikhail Ignatiev, Nikolai
Trussov, Pavel Brutt and Ivan Rovny.
Mikhail Ignatiev is the revelation of this spring season so far. He combines
Road cycling with track cycling and is in his first year as a professional
already very successful. He won the 3rd stage in the Tour of Mediterranean and
won after a solo of more than 10 km the Trofeo Laigueglia. He was also 2nd in
the GP d’Ouverture la Marseillaisse and 3rd in the points race at the World
Track Championships. With his strong early season he became the leader in the
UCI European Tour for a month. Ignatiev is a strong finisher and will be a man
for the breaks.
Nikolai Trussov is the sprinter of the team. This year his best result was a
2nd place in the 10th stage of the Tour de Langkawi. He is not a top sprinter
but might be able to finish several times in the top 10.
Stage 9 Tour of Langkawi Pavel Brutt Photo c. Bruno Bade
Pavel Brutt is a really good rider and next to Ignatiev one of the best young
riders in Russia. He is like Serrano more an all-round rider with a good TT and
good climbing skills and has won a few stage-races in the U23 ranks in the past.
In 2007 in his first pro year he won already the 9th stage in the Tour of
Langkawi with a few climbs in the stage and won also the tough GP Chiasso in
Switzerland. He followed up with 2nd in the first part of the first stage in the
Coppi & Bartali and after the TTT in the afternoon he was the new leader in that
race. As you can see Brutt is arriving for the Giro in good form and one to
watch in the next three weeks.
Last but not least we will introduce the youngest rider in the peloton, Ivan
Rovny. Rovny is 19 years of age and will become 20 on 30 September. So far he
doesn't have any remarkable results on the road but is like the most of
the Russians in this team schooled on the track. The first target of the young
guns in the Tinkoff squad will be to gain the experience by racing their first
grand tour to build the future of the Tinkoff team which so far this year looks
Although the wisdom of awarding the Wild Card to Tinkoff was debated at
first; we see it as a deserved reward and expect to see the team to give a good
accounting of themselves in the 90th Giro d'Italia. Be ready to see the yellow
and black jerseys of the team mixing it up at the front and in the breaks
animating the race and perhaps picking up a stage.
Tinkoff Credit Systems Team.
Tinkoff Credit Systems:
Salvatore Commesso (Ita)
Ivan Rovny (Rus)
Elio Aggiano (Ita)
Evgeni Petrov (Rus)
Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus)
Ricardo Serrano Gonzalez (Spa)
Nikolai Trussov (Rus)
Daniele Contrini (Ita)
Pavel Brutt (Rus)