Team Novo Nordisk

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Team Novo Nordisk
Team information
RegisteredUnited States
Founded2008 (2008)
StatusUCI Professional Continental
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerVassili Davidenko
Team name history
Team Type 1 (TT1)
Team Type 1–Sanofi Aventis (TT1)
Team Type 1–Sanofi (TT1)
Team Novo Nordisk (TNN)
Current season

Team Novo Nordisk is an American global all-diabetes sports team of cyclists, triathletes and runners.[2]

The team's principal sponsor is a Danish global healthcare company.[3] The team is also sponsored by bicycle maker Colnago.[1]

Pro Cycling Team[edit]

Team Novo Nordisk is the first professional cycling team to be comprised completely of riders living with type 1 diabetes.[4] All riders and several of the team's staff, including Phil Southerland and VP of Marketing Matt Vogel, are living with diabetes.[5][6]

Elite Program[edit]

In addition to the world's first all-diabetes pro cycling team, Team Novo Nordisk is home to a program of endurance athletes living with diabetes.[7]

Women's Team The Team Novo Nordisk Women's Team includes an international mix of national, collegiate and USA circuit champions, Olympic hopefuls and riders of all levels competing in top criteriums[clarification needed], road and track events.[8]

Mountain Bike/Cyclocross The Team Novo Nordisk Mountain Bike/Cyclocross Team competes in mountain bike events such as, downhill, cross country and endurance, as well as cyclocross events throughout the U.S.[9]

Running/Triathlon Team Novo Nordisk runners include Marathoners, Ultra runners and Olympic hopefuls. The triathletes compete in events such as France's Long Course World Championships and the Ironman World Championship in Kona.[10]

Type 2 All members of the Team Novo Nordisk T2 Team are living with type 2 diabetes. The T2 athletes utilize cycling and running, along with proper diet and diabetes management, as a means of staying healthy and active. The athletes range in age from early 30s to over 70.[11][12]



In 2005, Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge founded the team, then known as Team Type 1, to provide inspiration for people living with diabetes and "an opportunity to compete at the sport's highest levels".[13]


In 2006, Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge assembled a group of eight cyclists with type 1 diabetes to take on the grueling 3,000 mile Race Across America to raise diabetes awareness. The team went on to win the event in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and quickly became a magnet for endurance athletes with diabetes.[14][15]


The team turned professional in 2008 after success in amateur races.[16] In 2010 it had a UCI Continental licence but became a Professional Continental team in 2011, with a view to competing in the Giro d'Italia in 2011 and the Tour de France in 2012.[17] The team had originally aimed to achieve the Professional Contintental level for the 2010 season but decided against applying for an upgraded licence because of fears that it might preclude the team from competing in events outside the responsibility of the International Cycling Union and a lack of knowledge by the team's management of the scale of investment that would be required to compete at the higher level.[16][17]


In 2009, the team won the Race Across America, having entered a team of cyclists who all had type 1 diabetes.[14][15] The team has also competed in a number of major professional events, such as the Tour of California and the Tour de Langkawi,[18][19] and picked up two stage wins in the 2010 Tour du Maroc.[20]


The team has competed in a number of major professional events, such as the Tour of California and the Tour de Langkawi and picked up two stage wins in the 2010 Tour du Maroc. In 2010, the team's calendar featured a number of international races, including the Tour de Bretagne Cycliste, the Tour de Taiwan, the Tour of Ireland and the Tour of Japan.[17] The team's main goal for the 2010 season was the Tour of California,[17] an eight-stage race held in May in which Thomas Rabou won the King of the Mountains competition.[2][21]


The team expanded for the 2011 season, its first as a Professional Continental team, 2013 List of UCI Professional Continental and Continental teams, with signings including former Tour de France yellow jersey-wearer Rubens Bertogliati and Russian Alexander Efimkin, who went on to win the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey in May. The team unsuccessfully sought a wildcard entry to the 2011 Giro d'Italia.[22][23]


In 2013, Team Novo Nordisk became the first-ever professional cycling team to feature an all-diabetes roster.[2] The team continued to race on the International Cycling Union (UCI) Professional Continental tour, and competed in major professional races, including the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, Tour de Beauce, Post Danmark Rundt (Tour of Denmark) and USA Pro Cycling Challenge.[24]


In January 2014, the Pro Men's team began its second season as Team Novo Nordisk in Argentina's Tour de San Luis, and raced over 150 days throughout the year.[25] The team showed marked improvement in its second season, earning top ten finishes at Amgen Tour of California[26] and USA Pro Challenge.[27]


In February 2015, Team Novo Nordisk earned its first-ever win with New Zealander Scott Ambrose taking stage 2 of Le Tour de Filipinas,[28] and the team made its debut at Dubai Tour, earning two top tens at the race.[29]

Team roster[edit]

Rider Date of birth
 Mehdi Benhamouda (FRA) (1995-01-02) January 2, 1995 (age 24)
 Sam Brand (GBR) (1991-02-27) 27 February 1991 (age 27)
 Fabio Calabria (AUS) (1987-08-27) August 27, 1987 (age 31)
 Stephen Clancy (IRL) (1992-07-19) July 19, 1992 (age 26)
 Romain Gioux (FRA) (1986-09-06) September 6, 1986 (age 32)
 Joonas Henttala (FIN) (1991-09-17) September 17, 1991 (age 27)
 Brian Kamstra (NED) (1993-07-05) July 5, 1993 (age 25)
 David Lozano (ESP) (1988-12-21) December 21, 1988 (age 30)
Rider Date of birth
 Reid McClure (CAN) (1995-11-10) November 10, 1995 (age 23)
 Emanuel Mini (ARG) (1986-06-14) June 14, 1986 (age 32)
 Andrea Peron (ITA) (1988-10-28) October 28, 1988 (age 30)
 Charles Planet (FRA) (1993-10-30) October 30, 1993 (age 25)
 Umberto Poli (ITA) (1996-08-27) August 27, 1996 (age 22)
 Quentin Valognes (FRA) (1996-06-19) June 19, 1996 (age 22)
 Rik van Ijzendoorn (NED) (1987-08-22) August 22, 1987 (age 31)
 Christopher Williams (AUS) (1981-11-10) November 10, 1981 (age 37)

Major wins[edit]


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