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Team Novo Nordisk

Team Novo Nordisk
Team information
RegisteredUnited States
Founded2008 (2008)
StatusUCI ProTeam
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerVassili Davidenko
Team name history
Team Type 1 (TT1)
Team Type 1–Sanofi Aventis (TT1)
Team Type 1–Sanofi (TT1)
Team Novo Nordisk (TNN)
Team Novo Nordisk jersey
Team Novo Nordisk jersey
Current season

Team Novo Nordisk (UCI team code: TNN) is an all-diabetic professional cycling team[1] founded by CEO Phil Southerland and led by general manager Vassili Davidenko. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

The team's principal sponsor is the Danish global healthcare company, Novo Nordisk.[2] The team is also sponsored by the Canadian bicycle manufacturer Argon18.

Pro Cycling Team

Team Novo Nordisk is the first professional cycling team to be comprised completely of riders who have type 1 diabetes.[3] All riders and several of the team's staff, including CEO and Co-founder Phil Southerland, are living with diabetes.[4][5]

Team Novo Nordisk is home to a Development Team racing as a UCI Continental team and an Ambassador program formed by elite and former professional athletes living with diabetes.[6]

Team Novo Nordisk sponsors professional track cyclists Mandy Marquardt, Mateusz Rudyk, and Daan Hoole.


Team support car in 2019 Tour of Slovenia


In 2005, Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge founded the team, then known as Team Type 1.[7]


In 2006, the team was in the 3,000-mile Race Across America to raise diabetes awareness. The team went on to win the event in 2007, 2009 and 2010.[8][9]


Team Novo Nordisk turned professional in 2008 after success in amateur races.[10] In 2010 it had a UCI Continental licence but became a Professional Continental team in 2011, with a view to competing in the Giro d'Italia in 2011 and the Tour de France in 2012.[11] The team had originally aimed to achieve the Professional Continental level for the 2010 season but decided against applying for an upgraded licence because of fears that it might preclude the team from competing in events outside the responsibility of the International Cycling Union and a lack of knowledge by the team's management of the scale of investment that would be required to compete at the higher level.[10][11]


In 2009, Team Novo Nordisk won the Race Across America, having entered a team of cyclists who all had type 1 diabetes.[8][9] The team has also competed in a number of major professional events, such as the Tour of California and the Tour de Langkawi,[12][13] and picked up two stage wins in the 2010 Tour du Maroc.[14]


Team Novo Nordisk has competed in a number of major professional events, such as the Tour of California and the Tour de Langkawi, and picked up two stage wins in the 2010 Tour du Maroc. In 2010, the team's calendar featured a number of international races, including the Tour de Bretagne Cycliste, the Tour de Taiwan, the Tour of Ireland, and the Tour of Japan.[11] The team's main goal for the 2010 season was the Tour of California,[11] an eight-stage race held in May in which Thomas Rabou won the King of the Mountains competition.[1][15]


Team Novo Nordisk expanded for the 2011 season, their first season as a Professional Continental team, 2013 List of UCI Professional Continental and Continental teams, with signings including former Tour de France yellow jersey-wearer Rubens Bertogliati and Russian Alexander Efimkin, who went on to win the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey in May. The team unsuccessfully sought a wildcard entry to the 2011 Giro d'Italia.[16][17]


In 2013, Team Novo Nordisk became the first-ever professional cycling team to feature an all-diabetes roster.[1] The team continued to race on the International Cycling Union (UCI) Professional Continental tour and competed in major professional races, including the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, Tour de Beauce, Post Danmark Rundt (Tour of Denmark), and USA Pro Cycling Challenge.[18]


In January 2014, the Pro Men's team began its second season as Team Novo Nordisk in Argentina's Tour de San Luis and raced over 150 days throughout the year.[19] The team showed marked improvement in its second season, earning top-ten finishes at the Amgen Tour of California[20] and USA Pro Challenge.[21]


In February 2015, Team Novo Nordisk earned its first-ever win with New Zealander Scott Ambrose taking stage 2 of Le Tour de Filipinas,[22] and the team made its debut at Dubai Tour, earning two top tens at the race.[23]


The team's season is the subject of film director Peter Alsted [da]'s documentary, Ride for Your L1fe, available on the Outside network. Ride for Your L1fe follows the Team Novo Nordisk athletes behind the scenes throughout the 2021 season, filming them privately at home and experiencing what a diagnosis has meant to their families and their possibilities with type 1 diabetes.

Team roster

As of January 22, 2024.[24]
Rider Date of birth
 Hamish Beadle (NZL) (1998-04-02) April 2, 1998 (age 26)
 Sam Brand (GBR) (1991-02-27) February 27, 1991 (age 33)
 Stephen Clancy (IRL) (1992-07-19) July 19, 1992 (age 31)
 Lucas Dauge (FRA) (1996-12-28) December 28, 1996 (age 27)
 Quinten De Graeve (BEL) (2000-01-24) January 24, 2000 (age 24)
 Gerd de Keijzer (NED) (1994-01-18) January 18, 1994 (age 30)
 Jan Dunnewind (NED) (1998-07-08) July 8, 1998 (age 25)
 Declan Irvine (AUS) (1999-03-11) March 11, 1999 (age 25)
 Matyáš Kopecký (CZE) (2003-01-19) January 19, 2003 (age 21)
 Péter Kusztor (HUN) (1984-12-27) December 27, 1984 (age 39)
Rider Date of birth
 David Lozano (ESP) (1988-12-21) December 21, 1988 (age 35)
 Doriand Percrule (FRA) (1999-05-21) May 21, 1999 (age 24)
 Andrea Peron (ITA) (1988-10-28) October 28, 1988 (age 35)
 Alessandro Perracchione (ITA) (2005-02-09) February 9, 2005 (age 19)
 Logan Phippen (USA) (1992-05-10) May 10, 1992 (age 32)
 Charles Planet (FRA) (1993-10-30) October 30, 1993 (age 30)
 Antonio Polga (ITA) (1999-03-26) March 26, 1999 (age 25)
 Umberto Poli (ITA) (1996-08-27) August 27, 1996 (age 27)
 Filippo Ridolfo (ITA) (2001-11-08) November 8, 2001 (age 22)
 Nathan Smith (GBR) (2000-08-27) August 27, 2000 (age 23)

Major wins

National champions

Finnish Road Race Joonas Henttala


  1. ^ a b c "Team Type 1 becomes Team Novo Nordisk, all-diabetic roster in 2013".
  2. ^ "Welcome to Novo Nordisk A/S". Archived from the original on March 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "Team Novo Nordisk, the world's first all-diabetes professional athletic team, is Changing Diabetes® in Toronto, Vancouver - Yahoo Finance". Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "Staff Phil Southerland – Team Novo Nordisk".
  5. ^ "Staff Matt Vogel – Team Novo Nordisk".
  6. ^ "Ambassadors – Team Novo Nordisk". Team Novo Nordisk.
  7. ^ "Cycling: Phil Southerland leads the pack in educating about cycling's benefits for diabetics". Los Angeles Times. May 18, 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Team Type 1 "fired up and ready to race"". Future plc. March 19, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  9. ^ a b Tara Parker-Pope (June 29, 2009). "A 3,000-Mile Triumph, Spurred on by Diabetes". New York Times. Retrieved April 10, 2009.
  10. ^ a b "Team Type 1 stays Continental, moves to Atlanta". Future plc. September 1, 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  11. ^ a b c d Kirsten Frattini (February 19, 2010). "Professional Continental dream could become reality for Team Type 1". Future plc. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  12. ^ "US outfit Team Type 1 depending on Aussie Wilson to deliver in LTdL". The Star. February 7, 2008. Retrieved April 10, 2009.
  13. ^ "Team Type 1 riders are back!". Bike World News. February 7, 2008. Retrieved March 25, 2009.
  14. ^ "Team Type 1 successful in Tour du Maroc". April 3, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  15. ^ i. "Amgen Tour of California, California, United States, 2.HC". Future plc. Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  16. ^ Ryan, Barry (September 14, 2010). "Team Type 1 announce seven signings for 2011". Cycling News. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  17. ^ Hood, Andrew (May 1, 2011). "Alexander Efimkin wins 2011 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey". Velonews. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  18. ^ ProCyclingStats. "Team Novo Nordisk 2013".
  19. ^ "Team Novo Nordisk begins 2014 season at Tour de San Luis". Bike World News.
  20. ^ Amgen Tour of California. "AMGEN Tour of California – Young Cyclists Shine in Stage 4 of 2014 Amgen Tour of California with Will Routley Claiming Stage, Sprint and KOM Competitions".
  21. ^ "Stage 1 | USA Pro Challenge". Archived from the original on November 27, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  22. ^ "Filipinas Marks First Victory for Novo Nordisk – Peloton Magazine". Peloton Magazine. February 2, 2015.
  23. ^ "Dubai Tour 2015". February 4, 2015.
  24. ^ "Team Novo Nordisk". Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved January 22, 2024.
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