Paris - Russia's Ilnur Zakarin is to make his Tour de France debut next month, his Katusha team said on Tuesday.
Zakarin, who served a doping suspension from 2009-2011 after testing
positive for a banned steroid, made a stunning breakthrough last year by
winning the prestigious Tour de Romandie, beating Chris Froome amongst a
The 26-year-old has not raced since breaking his shoulder in a crash
during May's Giro d'Italia. He was lying fifth overall at the time with
only three stages left.
Russians Katusha will also have former Tour stage winners Alexander
Kristoff of Norway and Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez in their ranks for the
Grand Boucle, which begins on July 2.
Katusha team for July's Tour de France:
Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA), Marco Haller (AUT), Alexander Kristoff (NOR),
Alberto Losada (ESP), Michael Morkov (DEN), Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP),
Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL), Angel Vicioso (ESP), Ilnur Zakarin (RUS)