Team Type 1 announces the signing of Slovenian rider Jure Kocjan and Italian Andrea Grendene for the 2011 season as the squad increases its European profile ahead of an expansion into the Pro Continental ranks.
Kocjan, whose full name is pronounced Yuri Kosyan, is a 6-year veteran of the professional peloton, and comes to Team Type 1 from Italian squad Carmiooro-NGC where he won the GP Gino Cerami in Belgium this year. He finished the World Championships in Geelong, Australia this month in 48th place, successfully shepherding teammate Janez Brajkovic to a fine attacking finish in the final kilometer.
In his career Jure has also won stages at France’s Etoile-Besseges, the Vuelta A Cuba and China’s Tour of Qinghai Lake.
“Jure has spend the last two years in Italy, and he is good for one-day races. He’s a young, talented rider, and has reached the podium in the Slovenian national championships. He’s a real stage-hunter and a one-day classics rider,” said Team Type 1 Director Sportif Vassili Davidenko.
“Jure helps us define our classics program. He has the horsepower to get us over the cobbles and can be a key player ad a valuable asset for the team,” said Team Type 1 CEO Phil Southerland.
Grendene is a 3-year veteran of the professional peloton, and has spent his entire career on the Lampre squad, where he won the GP della Liberazione and developed his talents as a powerful sprinter on a team of fast finishers.
“Grendene was one of the best amateur riders in Italy when he signed for Lampre, and his sprinting talents at Team Type 1 will be a great asset,” said Team Type 1 Director Sportif Vassili Davidenko.
“Andrea’s name came up early in the recruiting process, and he has the opportunity to shine for us next year at Italian races. we’re excited to have him on board and give him the leadership mantle he has earned,” said Southerland.
Kocjan and Grendene join new Team Type 1 signees for next season, including Swiss time trial champion Rubens Bertogliati, Russian climber Alexander Efimkin and Italian rider Alessandro Bazzana as the team brings its athletic program to Europe with an Italian service course and plans to race a full schedule of European events in 2011.
“A cycling team is an all-encompassing, 360-degree object that needs to be strong, well-rounded and dynamic from every angle, so that it can attack the race in the mountains, on the flats and against the clock, just like diabetes needs a 360-degree approach to manage and control,” said Southerland.
“We take the same approach to cycling as our sponsor Sanofi-Aventis Diabetes takes to the disease. We strive to instill hope and inspiration for people around the world affected by diabetes, that with appropriate diet, exercise, treatment and technology, anyone with diabetes can achieve their dreams,” Southerland said.
For 2011 Team Type 1 is expanding, and more signees are in the works as the season draws to an end and riders seek new contracts. Team Type 1 expects more terrific announcements in the next few days.
Team Type 1 for 2011
- Alessandro Bazzana – ITA
- Alexander Efimkin – RUS
- Rubens Bertogliati – SUI
- Olaf Kerkhof – NED-T1*
- Aldo Ino Ilesic – SLO
- Alexey Schmidt – RUS
- Martijn Verschoor – NED-T1*
- Scott Stewart – USA
- Valeriy Kobzarenko – UKR
- Javier Megias Leal – ESP-T1*
- Will Dugan – USA
- Fabio Calabria – AUS
- Joe Eldridge – USA-T1*
- Kiel Reijnen – USA
- Ben King – AUS
- Alex Bowden – USA-T1*