Thousand Oaks, California — Team Novo Nordisk finished its first Amgen Tour of California with a total of three podium appearances, a historic best for the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team.
“I am very proud of the team and how hard they fought throughout this week,” Team Novo Nordisk General Manager Vassili Davidenko said. “In addition to the podiums, we had Team Novo Nordisk riders in the breakaway on four stages. It was a great race overall for our team.”
Team Novo Nordisk’s Charles Planet kicked off the eight-day stage race with a bang when he got into the breakaway on Stage 1. The 20-year-old Frenchman’s solid riding earned him the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider Jersey, which was awarded daily to the cyclist who best exemplified courage, sacrifice, inspiration, determination and perseverance. Planet held on to the jersey through Stage 2, a time trial which took place in and around downtown Folsom.
On Stage 3, the queen stage of the race, Team Novo Nordisk’s David Lozano was part of a seven-man breakaway that held on until the final slopes of Mount Diablo.
The pinnacle of the race for Team Novo Nordisk occurred during Stage 4 when Kevin De Mesmaeker sprinted to a third place finish, earning the team its first podium finish at a major U.S. stage race.
Rounding out the successful week, Stage 6 featured Spaniard Javier Megias as part of a six-man breakaway, a bold tactic aimed at moving Megias up in the overall general classification. Megias finished the race in 35th, 29:20 behind race winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky).
“It has been an incredibly hot week with lots of climbing, but I feel confident saying I gave this race everything that I had,” Megias said following the Stage 8 finish in Thousand Oaks. “I raced my heart out this week and I’m proud of how well we represented Team Novo Nordisk day-in and day-out here at the Amgen Tour of California.”
“I’m thrilled with the performance of the Team Novo Nordisk riders this week,” added co-founder & CEO, Phil Southerland. “Not only did they earn three podium finishes, they embodied the mission of our team: to inspire, educate and empower people affected by diabetes all over the world.”