Cycling - Menchov to lead Katusha in season debut

Russian team Katusha, led by Denis Menchov, will make their 2013 World Tour debut at the prestigious Paris-Nice stage race beginning this weekend.

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Denis Menchov

The start to Katusha's 2013 campaign was delayed after they were initially denied a spot on the tour by the UCI.

But having won their appeal to CAS and subsequently retaining their elite place, Menchov and his team-mates are now ready to get their season up and running.

Katusha - who finished second in the World Tour standings last season - enjoyed a decent showing in Paris-Nice 12 months ago, with Simon Spilak finishing fourth on the general classification.

The 'Race to the Sun', in its 71st year, begins on Sunday and finishes in Nice on March 10.

Kautusha team for Paris-Nice: Xavier Florencio, Alexander Kristoff, Alberto Losada, Denis Menchov, Gatis Smukulis, Simon Spilak, Iuriy Trofimov, Eduard Vorganov.

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