Team Type 1 - Sanofi won five stages and the overall classification at the Tour of the Rwanda as they helped spread the message about diabetes across Africa.
Colnago is proud to have supported the team during the Tour of Rwanda and throughout the 2011 season as they combined professional racing and a programme of diabetes awareness.
Kiel Reijnen successfully defended the leader’s yellow jersey during the final 130km stage to the Rwandan capital Kigali, celebrating overall victory with his arms in the air. Team Type 1 - Sanofi finished one-two in the overall classification, with Joseph Rosskopf finishing just two seconds behind his teammate.
Reijnen struggled with illness during much of 2011 but ended his season on a high.
“This race was tough but every day my teammates got out there and rode their legs off to keep this jersey for me. I’m really glad to be back healthy, racing like normal again. I hope Rwanda is just the first of a long list of good things to come with Team Type 1,” Reijnen said.
Team Type 1 - Sanofi carried out a hugely success diabetes education and distribution program during the Tour of Rwanda.
“Rwanda’s Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Diabetes Association helped us to organize meetings every day at the finish, and we had hundreds of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes come and listen to Dr. Steve Edelman talk about the power of good control. What we heard from these people every day was humbling,” CEO and Team Type 1 - Sanofi founder Phil Southerland said.
After returning from Rwanda, Team Type 1 - Sanofi will begin planning for more success during the 2012 season.
Sven Nys proved he is still the fastest finisher in cyclo-cross, winning the third round of the World Cup in Belgium and then just 24 hours later the fifth round of the Superprestige Series in the Netherlands.
Nys beat Kevin Pauwels to win both races. The first sprint was marked by controversy, with Pauwels lamenting he had been squeezed against the barriers. But race officials reviewed the sprint and confirmed Nys as the winner.
Just 24 hours later, the two clashed again on a muddy course in Gieten, Belgium. After a fast start, Nys changed his Colnago bike mid-race to have better grip on the corners. He then powered clear, with only Pauwels able to hold his wheel, but he did not have the speed to beat Nys in the final sprint.
“Pauwels drew level with me, but I could sense that he wouldn’t be able to keep going even if I was sprinting at full gas into the headwind,” an emotional Nys said after being congratulated by his nine-year-old son Tibeau.
Team Type 1-Sanofi has won yet another stage at the Tour of Rwanda, taking their total to four from four.
After the success of Kiel Reijnen in the prologue and the opening two stages, Joey Rosskopf grabbed the spotlight by winning the hilly third stage from Kigali to Gisenyi. He used his descending skills to attack a front group and then powered clear on his Colnago to win alone.
Rosskopf is a stagiaire rider with Team Type 1-Sanofi this year but has already proven his talent and is set to be a full member of the Team Type 1-Sanofi team in 2012.
The 22 year-old from Athens, Georgia, is the new overall race leader of the Tour of Rwanda. He has a 47-second lead on Gasore Hategeka of the Rwanda national team as the key mountain stages approach.
Miami hosted the final event of the 2011 Gran Fondo USA series, with stars from the world of professional cycling and Formula 1 joining 1500 participants from 46 countries for a spectacular ride around the US city.
Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich was the special guest for the event and he was joined by former Giro d’Italia winners Gilberto Simoni and Stefano Garzelli. McLaren-Mercedes Formula 1 driver Jenson Button also took part, showing his love for cycling with an aggressive ride over the 55-mile distance.
The Gran Fondo Colnago Miami was the final event of the 2011 series. Others were held in San Diego, Los Angeles/Beverly Hills and Philadelphia. Colnago sponsored all four events.
“The Gran Fondo USA events are a great way for us to reach out to our clients in North America,” Alessandro Brambilla Colnago said after riding with Ullrich and Button.
Jan Ulrich has rediscovered his love for cycling by riding Gran Fondo USA events this year, while Jenson Button summed up the feelings of everyone who finished the Gran Fondo Colnago Miami: “I had a lot of fun. See you at the next Gran Fondo.”
Team Type 1 riders dominated the prologue time trial at the Tour of Rwanda, with Kiel Reijnen winning the stage and Joey Rosskopf and Ty Magner finishing second and third.
Reijnen covered the four-kilometre prologue around Kigali in a time of 4:22. He beat team mate Rosskopf by eight seconds, with Magner third at ten seconds. All three raced on their Colnago road bikes.
Reijnen has struggled with illness for most of the year and his victory was a way of thanking Team Type 1 for their support.
“To win was important for me, to show my thanks to Team Type 1 - SANOFI for standing by when I couldn’t even ride my bike for an hour,” Reijnen said.
Team Type 1 will now target overall success in the Tour of Rwanda but the US team is in Africa with more than just bike racing on its agenda. The Atlanta-based organization also packed more than 100,000 donated diabetes test strips, 200 blood glucose meters and 10,000 lancing devices to help the 650 children with diabetes in the African country.
“We’ve come back to try and win the race, but our bigger goal is to train health care workers on diabetes awareness and to put the right supplies into the right hands to give these kids a chance,” Team Type 1 - SANOFI CEO Phil Southerland explained.
Team Type 1 - Sanofi will end its first season as a Professional Continental squad at the Tour of Rwanda in Africa, combining their pursuit of success in cycling with its outreach programme and donation of medical supplies to children with diabetes in the central African country.
Team Type 1 – Sanofi will field a six-man team in the weeklong race that begins on Sunday November 20 in Kigali. The team will include Alex Bowden -who has type 1 diabetes, Will Dugan, Ty Magner, Kiel Reijnen, Joey Rosskopf and Alexey Shmidt.
Team Type 1 - Sanofi is the men’s professional cycling squad of the non-profit organization that focuses on diabetes awareness and education. Colnago is the official bike sponsor of the team.
Last year Team Type 1 presented the Rwanda Diabetes Association with more than 35,000 test strips and 400 blood glucose meters, donated by fans and supporters. This year the team will bring in more donated supplies and make daily stops in local communities.
“We’ve packed up 200 blood glucose meters, 100,000 donated test strips and more than 10,000 lancing devices to bring with us into Kigali, and we’re committed to seeing that every one of the 650 kids in Rwanda with type 1 diabetes gets enough supplies to manage and control his or her disease for a year,” Team Type 1 –Sanofi CEO Phil Southerland said.
Team Europcar has finalised its 25-rider roster for the 2012 season as it aims to build on the incredible success achieved in 2011. The French team will again ride Colnago C59 Italia bikes in 2012.
Team manager Jean-Rene Bernaudeau has retained the core of the team that won 22 races in 2011, including team leader Thomas Voeckler, who wore the yellow jersey at the Tour de France for ten days, best young rider and stage winner at the Tour de France Pierre Rolland and French national time trial champion Christophe Kern.
Japan’s Yukiya Arashiro, French sprinter Sebastien Chavanel and the hugely talented Cyril Gautier will also be part of the more international team roster. New signings for 2012 include Tunisia’s Rafâa Chtioui, young Italian sprinter Matteo Pelucchi, Germany’s Björn Thurau, Italy’s Davide Malacarne and France’s Angelo Tulik.
“Our main objectives for the year will be Paris-Nice, the Dauphiné and the Tour de France but we also want to make more of an impact in the Spring classics,” Bernaudeau explained.
The team will hold its first training camp of the winter on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the home of rider Yohann Gene.