Team Type 1 gets early start on 2012

More than 100 athletes from Team Type 1’s six amateur squads will be on hand to greet the 2012 men’s professional cycling roster at a December 10th presentation dinner.¬†On Sunday members from Team Type 1’s triathlon and running squads will start the Tucson Marathon. Amateur squads are all scheduled to depart on Sunday.

Throughout the week all key management staff will be present, including new DS Frederic Moncassin.

The 2012 Team Type 1 roster includes:

Jure Kocjan-SLO, 27, scored 21 Top-10 finishes in 2011 and is without doubt the star of the season at Team Type 1 – SANOFI. He reached the podium at GP Regio Insubrica in February and repeated top-step success again in March at Fleche d’Emeraude, in August at the Tour of Denmark and at the Tour du Limousin in France. His season highlight came at the Montepaschi Strade Bianchi in Siena with a fantastic 4th place.

Martijn Verschoor-NED, 26, won stage two of the Tour de Beauce in June, and finished in the Top-10 at stages in the Tour of China and the Tour of South Africa in 2011. He has continued to improve in his second full year at Team Type 1-SANOFI, and through managing his type 1 diabetes effectively is a strong advocate for the team.

Alessandro Bazzana-ITA, 27, distinguished himself in 2011 with successful outings in stage races around the world, highlighted by outstanding rides in the Tour of Korea and the Tour de Suisse before moving on to take the sprinter’s jersey in Italy’s mid-summer Brixia Tour and a hard fight for the climber’s jersey one week later at the Tour of Denmark.

Rubens Bertogliati-SUI, 34, was the backbone of European experience in 2011, and with his leadership and strength, particularly at the Tour of Turkey where he helped to take and defend Aleksandr Efimkin’s leader’s jersey, Team Type 1-SANOFI defined itself as a Professional Continental squad.

Aldo Ino Ilesic-SLO, 27, had two top-10 finishes in France in 2011, and was a key rider in European races from January through September. He also returned to the United States to bring experience and assistance to the squad in the Tour of California and the Philadelphia International Championship.

Laszlo Bodrogi-FRA, 33, rode the time trial for France at the UCI World Championships in Copenhagen. Hee notched top-10 finishes at France’s Circuit de la Sarthe and Italy’s Settimana Coppi e Bartali, and finished fifth at the French National Championships. He is an experienced veteran of European racing, having competed in all three Grand Tours, two Olympics and every major classic one-day race.

Javier Megias-ESP, 28, is a rider at the very core of the Team Type 1 – SANOFI message. He finished on the podium at Salt Lake City in the Tour of Utah, and showed strong sprints at the Tour de Suisse. With Javi the team has a strong rider and an effective spokesman, and his continued presence into 2012 will see results both on the bike and off.

Daniele Colli-ITA, 29, has seven years of professional racing experience in Europe and around the world, with a score of podium and top 10 appearances in some of 2011 hardest races. Most recently he sprinted to 8th place in Paris-Bruxelles following a stage three podium appearance in Italy’s Settimana Ciclista Lombarda. At the Tour of Denmark in August he finished 8th on GC, with four top-10 finishes on the week.

Georg Preidler-AUT, 21, finished 7th overall in this year’s Tour de l’Avenir, a stage race for professional U23 riders, and won the five-stage Coppa delle Nazione in Italy. He also won Italy’s one-day GP Palio del Recioto and came fifth in Austria’s national championship road race.

Will Dugan-USA, 24, finished 3rd overall at the Tour of Korea, and showed top form at Canada’s Tour de Beauce and the Tour of South Africa. He raced the Tour of California, Tour of Utah and Colorado’s US Pro Cycling Challenge, finishing his season at the Jayco Herald Suntour in Australia.

Remy Cusin-FRA, 25, won stage 2 of the Tour of Denmark in 2011, and finished in the Top-10 in stages at the Volta a Catalunya and Coupe de France races. He has finished the Giro d’Italia and raced in the spring cobbled and Ardennes classics.

Julien Antomarchi-FRA, 26, scored 12 Top-10 finishes in 2011, including a victory in stage 2 of the Tour du Haut Var in February and a podium at Paris-Camembert in April.

Aleksandr Serebryakov-RUS, 24, won two stages at the Five Rings of Moscow stage race in 2011, and scored Top-10 finishes in Italy. He is a young, powerful sprinter with solid European calendar experience.

Julien El Fares-FRA, 26, comes to Team Type 1 – SANOFI in 2011 having finished two Tours de France, one Vuelta a Espana, two Criterium du Dauphine Liberes, and two Paris Nices in his young career. He is a deeply experienced all-around rider who can contend for points classification jerseys in long stage races.

Filippo Fortin-ITA, 23, joins Team Type 1 – SANOFI for his first full year as a professional cyclist, having won eight races in 2010, including a stage at the Vuelta de Chile and podiums at the Tour de l’Avenir. He finished sixth at the U23 World Championship road race in Copenhagen.

Aleksandr Efimkin-RUS, 31, won the Tour of Turkey in May, claiming his biggest career victory to date. He also scored Top-10 finishes o the Queen Stage of the Tour of California, the US Pro cycling Challenge in Colorado and at Switzerland’s GP Lugano in February. In his career he has ridden three Giros d’Italia, two Tours de Suisse, one Vuelta a Espana and one Tour de France.

Kiel Reijnen-USA, 25, won the Tour of Rwanda this year, taking three stages and affirming his healthy return to the pro peloton after a year of convalescence to diagnose and treat a virus that nearly ended his career. The Colorado-based rider has won multiple Asian stage races, and is a podium finisher at the US National Championships.

Vegard Stake Laengen-NOR, 22, raced to a very strong 4th overall at the Tour de l’Avenir in 2011, following strong top-5 appearances at the Norwegian road race and time trial championships in June. He is a gifted young rider with a very promising future, and features well in the hilly, cobbled climbs of Belgium, where he finished 7th in the U23 Ronde van Vlaanderen, and 3rd in the Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux.

Alex Bowden-USA, 21, raced a strong domestic calendar in the United States, with top 10 finishes in the National Criterium Championships and key races in Idaho, San Diego and South Carolina. With type 1 diabetes he is an athlete developing his skills on the bicycle and with his advocacy message as Team Type 1 – SANOFI continues its strong outreach message in the larger diabetes community.

Joe Eldridge-USA, 29, rode a strong Tour of Denmark in August, following a domestic race calendar that featured top American national calendar races, including Somerville, Greenville, Michigan, Idaho and his native Georgia. He also spent much of the 2011 season racing in China, India and Belgium.

Daniele Callegarin-ITA, 29, crashed in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado this August, and spent the latter part of the season recovering from hand and facial injuries. He had strong top-10 performances in Italy’s Brixia Tour and the Tour of Turkey, and raced in support of Team Type 1 – SANOFI in June’s Tour de Suisse. Previously he has won the GP Industria & Artiginiato and a stage in Poland’s Szlakiem Grodow Piastowskich, and seen Top-10 finishes at the GP dell’Insubria, Giro del Mendrisiotto and Spain’s Cinturo de l’Emporda.

Joey Rosskopf-USA, 22, joins the men’s elite team after a strong 2011 season on the Team Type 1 development squad, where he also rode in Belgium with the US National Team. A growing talent, he joined in August as a stagiaire, and rode to a strong prologue time trial podium at the Tour of China in September. His talents are developing, and his previous success bodes well for a professional career at races where he can display his strengths.

Fabio Calabria-AUS, 24, raced in India, South Africa, China, Belgium, France, the USA and his native Australia in 2011, and did double duty as an athlete with type 1 diabetes reaching out to the community of patients affected by the disease. He had Top-10 success in Canada’s Tour de Beauce and was an instrumental rider in helping to secure the overall team victory at the Tour de Korea. Now based in the United States, Fabio is gaining peloton experience over a broad range of courses, and has come to specialize in stage races longer than five days.

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