Italian Andrea Peron is known for his power and fearlessness in the sprints. In Team Novo Nordisk’s first year, he earned 14 top ten finishes, including podiums at Canada’s Tour de Beauce and the Tour of China. Twice Peron rode in the day’s main breakaway at the iconic one-day Italian race Milan-San Remo for most of the 298-kilometer event, proudly bringing worldwide attention to the Team Novo Nordisk jersey. Additional highlights over his six-year professional career include a third place podium finish on Stage 5 of the Tour de Korea (2015) and two top five finishes at Brazil’s Volta Ciclística Internacional do Rio Grande do Sul (2016).
Peron was drawn to sports at a very early age. He enjoyed motor racing at first, but at 10 his parents found it too risky, and so he switched to cycling and soon began competing. He immediately found success and was already winning races in his first year. As he continued winning throughout Italy, he realized he might have the talent to be a professional cyclist.
At 16, when Peron was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, he thought his dream of racing was over. Fortunately, his doctor encouraged him to continue training and to use the bike as a way to manage his condition. After four successful seasons with Cyber Team-VC Breganze, the young sprinter was introduced to Team Novo Nordisk Sport Director, Massimo Podenzana, and joined the team the following season.
Off the bike, the 29-year-old enjoys relaxing at home with his family. When thinking about his future after racing, Peron says he would like to stay in the world of professional cycling.