Team Type 1-Sanofi lines up for the SRAM Tour of the Gila on Wednesday, kick-starting its 2012 United States race calendar with a brilliant squad of experienced climbers for the mountainous New Mexico stage race.
Team Type 1-Sanofi roster for the 26th SRAM Tour of the Gila:
- Rubens Bertogliati – SUI
- Will Dugan – USA
- Julien El Fares – FRA
- Vegard Stake Laengen – NOR
- Javier Megias* – ESP
- Georg Preidler – AUT
DS – Jack Seehafer – USA
* – professional cyclist with type 1 diabetes
With five days of competition that include more than 5000m of climbing in the beautiful mountains around Silver City, NM, the SRAM Tour of the Gila is America’s hardest, hilliest stage race, and Team Type 1-Sanofi has assembled a top squad for the first week of May.
“We’re coming to climb the mountains, and we’ve brought the kind of riders who can take great big chunks out of the hillside with their pedals,” said Team Type 1-Sanofi General Manager Vassili Davidenko.
“The young Austrian rider Georg Preidler has won two King of the Mountain competitions in European stage races this season, and Julien El Fares from France is being hailed as one of the brightest climbers out of his country in a generation. The Norwegian Vegard Stake Laengen has had a prominent, attacking Spring at Milano-Sanremo and a host of French races, and we are especially pleased with the 2012 debut of Will Dugan,” Davidenko said,
Based in Atlanta, Team Type 1-Sanofi races around the world to show that diabetes is no obstacle to an extraordinary life. Five of 23 riders on the Professional Continental team have type 1 diabetes, and more than 150 athletes at Team Type 1 are living proof that with the proper technology, a healthy diet, plenty of exercise and good control, people affected by diabetes can go on to achieve their dreams.
“The statistics in New Mexico show that 10 percent of the state’s adult population is diagnosed with diabetes, and maybe another 35 percent have prediabetes. The New Mexico Department of Health studied the patterns and found the state was spending more than $1 billion annually on diabetes related medical costs, and that was in 2007, when the study was commissioned. This doesn’t have to happen, and Team Type 1-Sanofi rider Javier Megias is living proof that diabetes is not a death sentence. When the race goes uphill on Mogollon Road, and Javier is up there climbing at the front of the race, we’re going to show New Mexico what diabetes can do,” said Team Type 1-Sanofi CEO and Founder Phil Southerland.