Kochetkov, the former Russian road race champion in 2016, will add experience to the team’s 2020 roster with eight Grand Tour participations to his name since turning professional in 2013.
“We are in the stages of finalizing our roster for the 2020 season and we are very happy to announce that Pavel Kochetkov will race for CCC Team in 2020 and 2021. Pavel will be an asset for the team in a team support role, especially in terms of racing with Ilnur Zakarin as the two have raced together for the last five years. Given Russia is a key market for our title sponsor CCC, we are also excited to be developing more of a presence in Russia and increase exposure for CCC Team and CCC,” Ochowicz explained.
“Pavel will also have the opportunity to have more freedom at races and with his experience at the Grand Tours, he will be an important rider in our Grand Tour teams. I think we will provide a good environment for Pavel to reach his potential as a rider, especially as we continue to grow as a team. With our additions to the roster for 2020, it is shaping up to be an exciting year for CCC Team.”
33-year-old Kochetkov is excited to join the Polish WorldTour team in a move he sees as a fresh start in his career.
“CCC Team is an ambitious project and I like the look of the team and the organization, so this was what attracted me to CCC Team. I have raced a lot with Ilnur Zakarin so this was also a big reason to join him in moving to the team. I will support him and he trusts me so, I hope to help Ilnur race well in the next years, as well as working hard for the whole team. I’m really looking forward to starting the next season with CCC Team,” Kochetkov said.
“After six years at Katusha-Alpecin, I want to thank Igor Makarov for his passion, for everything he did for me personally, and allowing me to be part of the team, and for cycling in general. Personally, I see this as a chance to re-start my career. I think a change will be good for me as I want to continue to grow as a cyclist and be better than I have been in the last years, especially as I have had some bad crashes during this time. I am motivated and I will do my maximum for the team.”
Kochetkov is the seventh new rider to sign for CCC Team in 2020, joining Zakarin, Matteo Trentin, Fausto Masnada, Michał Paluta, Jan Hirt, and Georg Zimmermann.