Team Type 1 will send a mix of proven climbers and the most successful rider with Type 1 diabetes in professional cycling to China for the Tour of Qinghai Lake.
King of the Mountains champions Thomas Rabou (Amgen Tour of California) and Davide Frattini (Redlands Bicycle Classic) will be joined by Javier Megias, one of four riders on the Team Type 1 men’s professional squad who has Type 1 diabetes. Megias was a top 10 finisher at last month’s TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship and placed second on Stage 5 at the Tour de Beauce in Canada.
“Javier’s form is getting better and better,” Team Type 1 Director Sportif Vassili Davidenko said. “He’s beginning to show big progress.”
Rounding out the rest of the team’s six-man roster for the nine-stage, 724-mile (1,166 kilometers) race are Tour of Maroc stage winner Valeriy Kobzarenko and Scott Stewart and Martin Verschoor. The race begins Saturday with a criterium that does not count toward the overall classification.
Team Type 1 Assistant Director Michael Carter, who will direct the team in China, said as a UCI “2.HC” category event, the Tour of Qinghai Lake is the most important race – outside of the Tour de France – at this time of year. It is also one of the hardest.
“The high altitudes and extreme temperature fluctuations impact the riders like no other race in the world,” Carter said. “This is truly a ‘tough man’s race,’ not just to win, but also just to finish.”
Team Type 1 experienced a wealth of success over the weekend in Northern California, with Ken Hanson repeating as champion Saturday at the San Rafael Twilight Criterium and Shawn Milne winning the Lodi Cycle Fest criterium on Sunday.
In China, Team Type 1 will look to Kobzarenko for the overall classification, while also hunting for stage wins.
“We will rely on Frattini, Megias and Rabou to be strong on the long, arduous climbing stages,” Carter said. “For the field sprints, we will look to Verschoor and Kobzarenko. However, the team will rally behind whomever shows the best conditioning.”