Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, and renowned Italian bike manufacturer, Colnago, announced a new partnership naming Colnago as Team Novo Nordisk’s official bike sponsor for 2016 through the 2018 season. Team Novo Nordisk raced on Colnago bikes in 2013, its first professional season.
“Colnago has created some of the most iconic bikes over the years and everyone at Team Novo Nordisk is excited to race on them,” said Team Novo Nordisk co-founder and CEO Phil Southerland. “We look forward to working with Colnago to build on this year’s results and continue our mission to inspire, educate and empower people around the world affected by diabetes.”
“We want to thank our previous partner, Orbea, for a wonderful two years together and helping our athletes show what may be possible with diabetes,” added Southerland.
“We are proud and happy to collaborate again with Team Novo Nordisk, who share the same passion and love for cycling. These are values in which Colnago has always believed since the early years and that are still the basis of our philosophy of work and life,” said Ernesto Colnago, founder of Colnago. “We begin this new challenge with the same passion for cycling as the first day. Best wishes to Team Novo Nordisk for a future full of success.”
Team Novo Nordisk’s men’s professional team will race on V1r, K-Zero and C60 Colnago bikes, beginning in the 2016 season. The pro squad, which consists of 18 athletes from 11 different countries living successfully with diabetes, is currently racing its third season as a UCI Professional Continental team. This year, the team has raced throughout the world in South America, the Middle East, Europe, North America and Asia.
Since 1952, Colnago has been a world leader in innovative bike design. For over 60 years, Colnago has pushed the boundaries in cycling manufacturing and is known for its stiffer, faster and lighter race bikes. In 47 years of sponsorships, the first with Molteni in 1968, Colnago has worked with 181 professional teams and more than 5,000 athletes.
About Team Novo Nordisk
Team Novo Nordisk is a global all-diabetes sports team of cyclists, triathletes and runners, spearheaded by the world’s first all-diabetes UCI Professional Continental cycling team. In 2012, Phil Southerland, co-founder and CEO of the team, and global healthcare company Novo Nordisk, came together to create Team Novo Nordisk, based on a shared vision to inspire, educate and empower people around the world affected by diabetes.
Colnago is an Italian company established by Ernesto Colnago in 1954. During the last 60 years Colnago has sponsored some of the best riders in the world. Eddy Merckx and the Molteni team, the Mapei armada and Rabobank are just some of the teams that have ridden Colnago bikes.