Team Type 1-Sanofi rider Alessandro Bazzana sprinted to a podium place on Friday in the hometown of America’s Olympic training center in front of tens of thousands of spectators.
Bazzana, from Italy, came third at the end of 189km in stage five at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, ahead of a full peloton and just behind stage winner Tyler Farrar of the United States.
“Our team worked so hard all day today, at the end of a week of really hard racing in the mountains. Georg Preidler and Joey Rosskopf turned themselves inside out on the road from Breckenridge today, and then kept working set me up in the city circuits for the sprint. We had a great day for Team Type 1 in Colorado Springs,” Bazzana said.
Team Type 1-Sanofi General Manager Vassili Davidenko called Bazzana a “complete rider”.
“Bazzana can climb and he can sprint, and that’s a rare combination of talents. He has really had a breakthrough season this year, and for him the sky is the limit,” Davidenko said.
Davidenko also praised Team Type 1-Sanofi rider Laszlo Bodrogi, racing in his native France this week with a separate squad at the five0stage Tour International du Poitou Charentes.
“Bodrogi finished third in the overall general classification in France, and we’re extremely pleased to see him back on the podium and racing at the highest level. Four years ago a broken leg nearly ended his career, and the podium at Poitou Charentes came from his strength in the time trial. Bodrogi works very hard and has earned a terrific achievement this week,” Davidenko said.
Team Type 1-Sanofi CEO and Co-Founder Phil Southerland said the results on two continents this week were helping to inspire and motivate the diabetic community around the world.
“In France our diabetes outreach is second to none, thanks in part to our fantastic race results on the bike and the close cooperation we have with our partner Sanofi. And in the United States this week we are making so many new friends in the great state of Colorado. Just today a young family in the diabetes community came all the way out to our race hotel to have a tour of the vehicles, meet the team and take away inspiration to continue their effective diabetes management, and for us that’s the real reward,” Southerland said.