Russia’s two-time world road race silver medallist Alexandr Kolobnev re-signed for Katusha on Wednesday three months after being released by the team. The 30-year-old’s future was cast into doubt when he was forced to quit last year’s Tour de France after testing positive for a diuretic but received only a fine and a warning and was not suspended by his federation. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) approved this decision last month paving the way for him to once again race and a return to his old team.
“I have been through a dark time,” said the rider. “Now, it is behind me. I would like to thank the Russian Federation and its president Igor Makarov for their support.”
Aside from his two world silver medals in 2007 and 2009 Kolobnev has also finished third in the 2009 Tour of Lombardy and second in the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege one day classics.