Growing up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dmitry Ponkratov discovered his love of cycling following his diabetes diagnosis. He grew up training as a hand-to-hand fighter but was told that this style of training did not go well with his diabetes and that cycling would be better for management.
Ponkratov first picked up the bike for fun and to help with management but slowly realized he enjoyed it and was earning results. Within a year, he began to dream of one-day racing professionally.
Following one of Team Novo Nordisk’s summer Talent ID camps, Ponkratov was invited to join the team’s development pipeline. Since then, he has dedicated his time to training and racing. His ultimate goal is to race as part of Team Novo Nordisk’s men’s professional team. During the 2017 season, he earned 11 top 10 finishes including winning Stage 2 of the Georgia Grand Prix and taking second at the Falls Lake Road Race and third at the Alabama Wheelmen Criterium.