Team Type 1 – sanofi aventis has a slightly new official name following the scheduled rebranding of its main partner and will now be known as Team Type 1 – SANOFI, as riders prepare to race for the first time in newly designed kit this week at the Post Tour of Denmark.
“Team Type 1 – SANOFI is the same great squad of athletes, competing at the hardest bike races in the world to bring a message of hope for people touched by diabetes. In order to reflect the new colors and design of our partners at Sanofi, we changed the clothing used by the men’s professional squad from August 1,” said Team Type 1 Co-Founder and CEO Phil Southerland.
Eight riders will line up at the six-stage Post Danmark Rundt, which begins Wednesday with a 171km loop around the North Sea port town of Esbjerg.
Team Type 1 – SANOFI General Manager Vassili Davidenko said the flat profile of the course belied a strong field at this years Tour of Denmark, as the race is called in english.
“This is a 2.HC stage race, the highest classification on the European calendar outside of Grand Tours. The caliber of competition here is remarkably good, and each day will be a battle on the road to get out in front of the wind and claim the stage,” Davidenko said.
Davidenko pointed to Friday’s 181km stage 3 beginning in Arhus, with its three 5.5km finishing circuits on the narrow, cobbled streets of Vejle, and Saturday’s 112km fourth stage, with its two long bridge crossings and the 300m “Morkemoesebjerg” wall before the finish in Frederiksvaerk, as the likely deciding factors in the six-stage race.
“The wind and roads will make a huge difference in this race. Jure Kocjan and Aldo Ino Ilesic can show very good results in this kind of punchy, snappy racing, and we will have some surprises in store with Alessandro Bazzana, who has been showing very strong form in the early part of the second half of the season. On Saturday night, don’t forget, there is a downtown time trial that starts at 8 p.m. It’s 13.2km on a very tricky course and we can see a strong time trialist like Laszlo Bodrogi come on very fast,” Davidenko said.
Team Type 1 – SANOFI rider and co-founder Joe Eldridge called the Tour of Denmark “the high-point of the season”.
“Our goal from day one has been to show people who have diabetes that with good control, anything is possible. Here in Denmark we will be racing against the top of the teams in the world, with riders who just finished the Tour de France. We’re already racing against the best teams and the best riders in the best races, and every day on the bike for us is one step closer to our goal,” Eldridge said.
Team Type 1 – Sanofi line up for the 2011 Post Danmark Rundt, UCI 2.HC