Team Novo Nordisk challenged by a very fast prologue at Tour of Slovakia

Stephen Clancy (IRL)

“This is my first participation at Tour of Slovakia, and I am very happy to be here to show what’s possible with diabetes.”

“Today’s prologue was short but intense. It was a very flat course with a tricky u-turn halfway covered in cobblestones and tramlines. The pressure was high but I did my best and I’m quite satisfied with my result.”

“This is my first participation at Tour of Slovakia, and I am very happy to be here and look forward the the road stages to show what’s possible with diabetes.”

Sports Director, Massimo Podenzana (ITA)

“We expected a fast start today and we got it. With less than 1.6 kilometres to go, this prologue required full power from start to finish and there was no space for error.”

“The boys were very focused, and ready to give it all. It was good to see some of our guys among the fastest riders crossing the line in less than two minutes from the start.”

“It was a good warm up to tomorrow’s stage,which will be a tough one.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Team Novo Nordisk enter seasons home straight at GP de Fourmies

The French adventure continues for the world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team at the upcoming GP de Fourmies/La Voix du Nord as the season begins to draw a close and the opportunities start.

Old and steeped in history, GP de Fourmies was first held back in 1928 and is traditionally a sprinters race with its flat 200 kilometer parcours in and around the commune of Fourmies in Northern France.

An injury hit and challenging 2021 has again forced the hand of change with American first year pro Logan Phippen coming in for the experienced Peter Kusztor who crashed out of last weekend’s Tour du Jura with Italian Andrea Peron recovering in time to make the squad.

“Every season has it’s challenges and obstacles,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “And it is important to overcome them. 2021 has been particularly difficult and we are definitely testing the depth of our squad. GP de Fourmies will be our last French race of this season and we will be looking to David Lozano and also Andrea for a similar performance as last week’s Tour du Jura.”

“Top 25 was a fantastic result in such a challenging race and we know that we have the capability to be up there again. Lucas Dauge impressed with his fighting spirit in his first races with the team and we hope that this is the start of an upward curve that will continue into our next races.”

Italian rouleur Umberto Poli and Swiss counterpart Oliver Behringer both line-up in support of Lozano and Peron alongside the consistent presence of Manxman Sam Brand to complete the team.

“It took a lot of work from the team to finish well at the Tour du Jura,” said Lozano. “But it was worth it, for the positivity, the team spirit and to show that we can be up there at the pointy end in tough, hilly races.”

“GP de Fourmies will be a different proposition with the flatter route, but it would be great if we could produce another good result. We’ve got three races left now with Okolo Slovenska next week and the Cro-Race at the end of the month and we need to give our maximum effort and stay focused.”

Team Novo Nordisk at GP de Fourmies/La Voix du Nord 12th September:

Sam Brand (GBR, 30)

Oliver Behringer (SUI, 25)

Lucas Dauge (FR, 24)

David Lozano (ESP, 32)

Logan Phippen (USA, 30)

Andrea Peron (IT, 32)

Umberto Poli (IT, 25)

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

French weekend at the foot of the Alps for Team Novo Nordisk at Besancon & Jura

The world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team carry their message of inspiration and empowerment to France at the weekend for successive one day races at the Classic Grand Besancon Doubs and the Tour of Jura.

Following hot on the heels of two tough races in Belgium, Team Novo Nordisk will face similar challenges as they race through over the climbs and stunning river valleys of the Doubs with young French climber Lucas Dauge finally set to make his full debut for the pro team after a year beset by injuries and recuperation.

“I can’t believe it’s finally happening,” said Dauge. “I crashed way back in December 2020 in Girona during pre-season training and broke my Tibia and Fibula. I had two surgeries and a long period immobile, around three months before weeks of intense physio sessions to be able to walk again and rebuild my strength.”

“Starting from scratch was a real challenge, but I embraced it and although the process was very long, I stayed patient and worked hard, to be back at training on the bike this summer. My family, friends, physio, doctor and the team gave me a lot of support throughout this whole situation and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

There will be no pressure for Dauge as he eases back into racing with compatriot Mehdi Benahmouda also returning and racing in support of Spanish climber David Lozano and the versatile, in form Italian Andrea Peron, both set to lead the team.”

“We are very pleased that Lucas has made it back in time to race before the end of the season,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “It was such an unfortunate sequence of events and he has shown real determination and dedication to over-come the challenges in front of him this year and we are excited to have Lucas making his first senior appearance.”

After solid performances in Belgium Italian Umberto Poli also comes straight into the line-up for France with Swiss rouleur Oliver Behringer making the short to trip over the border to complete the team alongside former Hungarian road champion Peter Kusztor.

“This line-up has a good balance of experience and versatility,” continued Davidenko. “It’s important that our leaders step up and show what we can do at the weekend. Important for the team, but also for our younger guys like Lucas and Oliver who will be gaining more valuable experience at these challenging races.”

First up is the Classic Grand Besancon Doubs on Friday with 172.5 kilometers of repeated sharp climbs including the Côte D’Arguel and the Col de la Grande Côte.

For Saturday’s Tour du Jura the peloton will face some hilly circuits totalling 181.7 kilometers with ascents such as the Côte de Mancy which maybe short, but tops out with gradients of 22%, a wall by any another name.

The race takes place around the spa town of Lons le Saunier, surrounded by picturesque vineyards that cover the lower slopes of the local hills and the winding ancient roads.

“I am excited that I’m finally here, getting ready to pull on the Team Novo Nordisk jersey as a full professional for the first time,” concluded Dauge. “I know these races will be hard, I have been in this area before and it’s beautiful and very hilly, but I am very motivated to give it everything.”

Team Novo Nordisk at Classic Grand Besancon Doubs and the Tour of Jura, 3rd & 4th September:

Oliver Behringer (SUI, 25)

Mehdi Benhamouda (26)

Lucas Dauge (FR, 24)

Peter Kusztor (HUN, 36)

David Lozano (ESP, 32)

Andrea Peron (IT, 32)

Umberto Poli (IT, 25)

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com