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Team Announcement: Team Novo Nordisk comes back to Europe

Team Novo Nordisk comes back to Europe. After an incredible performance of the team during the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey in Asia and the Tour of the Gila in the United States, it now heads to the Bayern Rundfahrt (Tour of Bavaria). It will be the first race in Germany for the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team. The Bayern Rundfahrt is, just as well as the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, a UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) ranked “Hors Catégorie” race. Team Novo Nordisk will meet no less than eleven teams in Bavaria that will also compete in this summer’s Tour de France. “The Bayern Rundfahrt is one of the most important preparation races for the Tour de France” says Team Novo Nordisk General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “It is going to be a really hard task for us, but we are up for the next challenge and are self-confident due to the races we did in the recent past.”

For Team Novo Nordisk, Fabio Calabria, Andrea Ciacchini, Stephen Clancy, Kevin de Mesmaeker, David Lozano, Javier Megias and Martijn Verschoor will start in Bavaria. The team’s hope is the sprinters. “The stages in Bavaria are not exactly easy, but the profiles are not particularly hard either” says Davidenko. “I guess that we will have some say in the sprints. Also, once a promising breakaway group goes, we want to be represented in it.”

For the Belgium rider Kevin de Mesmaeker, the Bayern Rundfahrt is the next step during his progress in Team Novo Nordisk: “This is my second HC-race and apparently, I am somewhat nervous. Nonetheless, we were able to gain a lot of valuable experience as well as self-confidence in Turkey which will make things easier particularly during the first stage.” However, the 21-year-old is looking at a race in Southern Germany that is everything but easy: “This is going to be a real hard race, harder even than the one in Turkey. We will meet a lot of riders in Bavaria that are preparing for the Tour de France. They want to show what they can. Accordingly, the race is an important test.” It comes with no surprise that the motivation in the team is high: “That is exactly what we will do as well: show what we can! It will be a tough race, but we will race and fight hard for good placings as well as “Changing Diabetes” while enjoying the race.”

“Our most important thing is to show everybody that it is possible to win or do a good result with diabetes” says Martijn Verschoor who will be in charge of the sprints. “I am really excited to race in Bayern. It‘s a famous race in one of the most beautiful parts of Germany.”

The Bayern Rundfahrt kicks off with some 193km on Wednesday. The first stage leads from Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm to Mühldorf am Inn. The second stage of the Bayern Rundfahrt leads from Mühldorf am Inn to Viechtach. The 192.6km part of the tour is the queen’s stage. After the riders pass the Gäuboden, they have to climb all the way up to Sankt Englmar. The mountain classification takes place at almost 900 meters above sea level and therefore represents the highest point of the entire race. During the third stage, the professionals will race from Viechtach to Kelheim and thereby pass numerous climbs. Particularly the first 60 kilometers, of 196.8 overall, will be tough. With a time trail in Schierling the next day, the overall win of the 34th Bayern Rundfahrt is at stake for the penultimate time. The course is not particularly challenging, however with 31.2km, it is the longest Time Trail course in the history of this stage race. The final stage of the Bayern Rundfahrt between Kelheim and Nuremburg covers 169.8km, the last of which will take place on the epic round course of the classic “Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt”. The riders will race this loop 10 times.

Team Novo Nordisk sends a mix of young riders from six nations to the Bayern Rundfahrt.

The lineup for Germany:
Fabio Calabria, AUS, 25.
Andrea Ciacchini, ITA, 22.
Stephen Clancy, IRE, 20.
Kevin de Mesmaeker, BEL, 21.
David Lozano Riba, ESP, 24.
Javier Megias Leal, ESP, 29.
Martijn Verschoor, NED, 28.

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