Team Type 1 – SANOFI has completed its annual registry with cycling’s international administrative body in Switzerland and will compete in 2012 as a Professional Continental squad based in the United States.
Team Type 1 – SANOFI General Manager Vassili Davidenko said he received official confirmation from the Union Cycliste International (UCI) early this week.
“There was some minor concern from our fans last week when the UCI announced its preliminary registry of top teams, but there were loose ends in some of the banking paperwork, and we spent a few extra days working closely with the coordinators in Switzerland to cross the Ts and dot the Is. I’m very happy to say that the extra work paid off and our re-registration as a Pro Continental team went off without a hitch,” Davidenko said.
Team Type 1 – SANOFI CEO Phil Southerland said the 2012 season promises to be a great leap forward for the squad.
“We get the chance as athletes to spread a message of hope for people with diabetes. With good control, a healthy diet and plenty of exercise you can manage this disease and live an extraordinary life, and next year Team Type 1 – SANOFI will build on our strengths and successes and line up to race in some of the best bike races in the world, with some of the world’s best professional cyclists, to continue our outreach into the diabetes community,” Southerland said.
In 2012 Team Type 1 – SANOFI will race its second full season in the Professional Continental division, and will close out the 2011 season at the Tour of Rwanda at the end of November.
“Rwanda for us is really at the very heart of our organization. We race against a very tough field on a very hilly course in a beautiful African country, and at the same time we bring over enough donated diabetes test strips and glucose meters to help almost 650 young type 1 Rwandans live better lives. When we leave, a mechanism remains in place to distribute the supplies equitably and continue to educate health care providers in detection and care of diabetes patients. For us Rwanda is a win-win,” Southerland said.
The 2012 Team Type 1 – SANOFI squad will gather in Arizona in early December for a training camp.
“Next year we will triple our race calendar around the globe, building on a 2011 season that saw us in China, India, Australia, Turkey, South Africa, Singapore, Korea, all across Europe and at home in the biggest races in the United States. We have new riders from France, Norway, Italy, Austria, Russia and America, and we’re very excited to get together in Tucson with the entire Team Type 1 family of runners, triathletes, women’s squad and others and prepare for the 2012 season,” Southerland said.