From growing up in the USSR to owning his own WorldTour team, Makarov has spent his life cycling through the turbulence of geopolitics
Photo (above): USSR Championship, 1979, City of Simferopol
Igor Makarov will be known to modern cycling fans as the founder of Swiss cycling team Katusha, which raced in the WorldTour until the end of the 2019 season.
He was born in 1962 and raised in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – then part of the Soviet Union. He graduated from Turkmen State University in 1983 and competed as a world class cyclist from 1979 to 1986, during which time he was a member of the USSR National Cycling Team and winner of many national and international championships.
Here he reflects on his life in cycling – from the USSR to owning a WorldTour team – cycling his way through the turbulence of geopolitics.
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