Team Type 1 – SANOFI has signed four riders from four countries to round out its roster for the 2012 season. Continuing into 2012 are Italian rider Daniele Callegarin and Australian rider Fabio Calabria, while American Joey Rosskopf rises up from the Team Type 1 development squad and a full second half of the 2011 season as a stagiaire. Norwegian rider Vegard Stake Langen joins as the 23rd rider on the team. Team Type 1 – SANOFI General Manager Vassili Davidenko said all four riders bring solid resumes to the team.
“We’re very excited about Vegard. He has a strong palmares list from the Tour de l’Avenir, where he finished fourth overall this year, and he joins us from several seasons of racing in Italy and the rest of Europe. He is a champion time trialist, a very strong climber and a smart racer. Vegard speaks English very well and has a good track record on climbs in France and Italy, and on the cobbles in Belgium. We think he will be a very good fit with us at Team Type 1 – SANOFI,” said Davidenko.
Callegarin returns to a second season of racing with Team Type 1 – SANOFI, and will spend the winter finishing up his recovery from a season-ending crash at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado.
“Daniele is part of our family, and the most important thing for him is to get back on his bike and make a full return to the peloton. The crash was very serious, and at the time our only thoughts were for his health and safety. But now that he is getting back on the bike we look forward to him being with us in 2012,” said Davidenko.
Rosskopf spent two years on the development squad, and did numerous stints with the US National Team in Europe. In the second half of the 2011 season he came up to the men’s elite squad and raced at select events, including two stage races in China.
“It’s important that we cultivate the next generation of southeastern cyclists in the United States, and give a good home for young riders who want to work hard and try for a professional career. With Joey we saw excellent results after a lot of tremendous effort, and we’re very happy to welcome him to the team,” Davidenko said.
Fabio Calabria, who has type 1 diabetes and must monitor his blood glucose continuously and periodically take insulin to manage the disease, has raced around the world in 2011, and served as an ambassador for the diabetes community and Team Type 1 – SANOFI.
“Fabio’s talent as an athlete is only surpassed by his strong motivation to help spread the Team Type 1 message. He is an effective spokesman everywhere he goes and we are happy to continue with him into 2012,” said Davidenko.
Team Type 1 – SANOFI CEO and Co-Founder Phil Southerland welcomed the professional riders onto the 2012 squad.
“Each year at Team Type 1 we have grown step by step. In 2011 we raced at a brand new level and expanded our roster and staff to match. In 2012 we are aiming even higher, and the list of new riders and new staff is a reflection of that effort. Our diabetes message is strong, and we will continue to share it with the community and cycling fans around the world next season,” Southerland said.