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

Alexey Lutsenko set for three more seasons in Astana Team – Astana

Alexey Lutsenko set for three more seasons in Astana Team

Astana Team is pleased to announce that the strongest Kazakh rider in the peloton, Alexey Lutsenko, will remain with the team for the following three seasons (2022-2024). The 28-year-old team leader will continue defending the colors of the national cycling project after nine successful years with the Kazakh WorldTour team.

“I am very happy to continue my professional career in our Kazakh Astana Team. During the years spent in the team, I have managed to become a leader, and for me this is both a responsibility and an incentive to continue to develop, to strive for new heights and every time to try to confirm my leadership position with new victories. This year, I managed to make a big step forward in the fight for the General Classifications both, at big week-long races like the Criterium du Dauphine and at the Grand Tours. My seventh place in the General Classification of the Tour de France motivates me to continue moving in this direction so, in the future, I will be aiming to fight not only for the top ten, but also for the podium. I will enter the new season together with the Astana Team with new ambitions and goals. I am sure that together with the team management and coaches we will be able to determine my main goals for the next seasons, after which we will do our best to achieve what we want”, – says Alexey Lutsenko.

Despite an injury sustained in the beginning of the year at Paris–Nice, Lutsenko has achieved a number of significant results this season. In June, Lutsenko claimed a solid win in the individual time trial at the prestigious stage race Criterium du Dauphine, also taking the second podium place in the General Classification. While in July, the Kazakh leader of the team excelled at the Tour de France, where he finished in a high seventh place in the overall standings, for the first time entering the top 10 at a Grand Tour. Lutsenko also stood on the podium at the one-day race Gran Premio Miguel Indurain.

His career in the Astana Team started in 2013 immediately after his historic victory in the road race of the U23 UCI Road World Championships. Throughout the past nine seasons in the Astana project, Lutsenko took 28 victories, including stage wins at the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana, Paris–Nice, Criterium du Dauphine, Tour de Suisse and Tirreno–Adriatico.

“Alexey is a real team leader, who is not only winning and delivering high results, but who is also able to rally the team and lead it at the highest level races. This year, an important step forward was made at the Tour de France, and for the first time in 16 years, a Kazakh rider was among the best ten riders in the overall standings. Now Alexey is entering the age of the heyday of a professional rider, and I am very glad that we will continue this path together. There is a lot of work ahead, we will not stop there, but we will continue to move forward. Our team needs a leader like Alexey Lutsenko, and I am sure that in Astana, Alexey will have everything he needs to achieve the most ambitious goals”, – says Alexandr Vinokurov, 2022 Sports Team Principal.

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— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com