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French climbing talent Lucas Dauge joins Team Nordisk’s professional ranks for 2021, becoming the third Frenchman in the squad and another bright prospect for the future.
A consistent, yet short 2020 marked Dauge’s third season with the Team Novo Nordisk development team and solid performances saw him build on an impressive 2019 and contribute to making the positive step up to the professional level.
Growing up as the middle of three children in the heart of the French Alps, Dauge’s athletic career began on skis. After attending stages of the Tour de France, he found his love for the bike. By 16, he was riding with his local cycling club.
At age 18 and after losing 7 kilograms, feeling lethargic and experiencing an unquenchable thirst, Dauge went to the doctor who ordered a blood test. Based on those results, the Frenchman was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His family was shocked by the diagnosis because they had no previous knowledge of the condition.
Like many athletes on Team Novo Nordisk, Dauge first learned about the team from the Internet. Immediately after his diagnosis, he took some time off from training to learn how to properly manage his diabetes while on the bike. Yet within five months, he won his first race with diabetes. From there, he set his goal on making Team Novo Nordisk’s development squad.
In 2017, Dauge attended one of Team Novo Nordisk’s talent ID camps, which are held every summer in the United States. He had a very positive experience at camp, particularly learning how to eat and train with diabetes, and earned a spot on the team’s development squad for the 2018 season where he won the Battle of Lewisburg Road Race in Tennessee and performed well in stage races like Turul Romanei and the Baltic Chain Tour.
Dauge has never lost his love of skiing and still enjoys spending time out on the snow. Off the bike, he likes to spend time with friends and being out in the local mountains and gardens. Dauge has received his bachelor’s degree and has a desire to work in sports management one day.