After four years in Team Novo Nordisk’s development program, Quentin Valognes debuted in the pro ranks as a stagiaire in late 2016 season. After taking ninth at the Tour of Yancheng Coastal Wetlands in China, the powerful sprinter earned his first professional contract for the 2017 season. The young Frenchman’s resume already includes impressive wins at Stage 5 and Stage 6 of Canada’s Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins (2014) and a podium finish at the French National Keirin Championship (2014).
Valognes’ roots run deep when it comes to cycling. His father is famed French commentator Didier Valognes; his brother is the current French National Champion in cyclocross and his younger sister races on the French National Team. The 20-year-old Frenchman describes the themes of his childhood as respect, honesty, and effort.
Valognes grew up believing cyclists were heroes and always dreamed of becoming a pro. The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes when he was six years old did not stop him from chasing his dreams, and by age 12 he was already competing and quickly grew into a strong sprinter on the track. At 16 Valognes was introduced to Team Novo Nordisk’s predecessor, Team Type 1 through which the Frenchman saw that he didn’t need to fight against his diabetes, but instead could embrace it.
Off the bike, Valognes enjoys learning foreign languages, spending time with his family and reading books.