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.