Now in his second season with Team Novo Nordisk, Quentin Valognes spent four years with the team’s development program before debuting in the pro ranks as a stagiaire in late 2016. While only 21 years old, the powerful sprinter’s resume already includes securing the Dubai Tour UAE Intermediate Sprint Jersey (2018) and wins at Stage 5 and Stage 6 of Canada’s Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins (2014) and a podium finish at the French National Keirin Championship (2014).

Valognes’ roots run deep when it comes to cycling. His father is famed French commentator Didier Valognes; his brother is the current French National Champion in cyclocross and his younger sister races on the French National Team. The Frenchman describes the themes of his childhood as respect, honesty, and effort.

Valognes grew up believing cyclists were heroes and always dreamed of becoming a pro. The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes when he was six years old did not stop him from chasing his dreams, and by age 12 he was already competing and quickly grew into a strong sprinter on the track. At 16, Valognes was introduced to Team Novo Nordisk’s predecessor, Team Type 1 through which the Frenchman saw that he didn’t need to fight against his diabetes, but instead could embrace it.

Off the bike, Valognes enjoys learning foreign languages, spending time with his family and reading books.

"Living with diabetes is one thing, but excelling at life with diabetes is even better."