Professional cycling is not easy – there’s no hiding from hard work, no time out to catch your breath or rethink your strategy. At the end of the day, the rewards in cycling are just like the rewards in good diabetes management – proper training equals proper results.
Vassili Davidenko brings more than thirty years of bike racing experience to the team.
After ending his own 13-year professional cycling career, the former USSR and Russian National Champion on Track and MTB and 20-time Georgian (USSR) National Champion began directing with Navigators Pro Cycling Team in 2007. Davidenko joined Team Novo Nordisk’s predecessor, Team Type 1, as an assistant sports director during its inaugural season in 2008. A year later, he assumed the role of head sports director and in 2010 was promoted to his current position as Vice President of Athletic Operations and General Manager.
Though he has directed races all over the world, Davidenko brings a wealth of cycling knowledge and experience from his years as a professional. As a racer, he specialized in sprinting and stood out in criterium and multi-day stage races.
Davidenko’s illustrious career includes winning the silver medal at the Junior World Road Race Championships (1988), and stage wins at the Giro de Abruzzo (Italy 2001), Tour du Pont (1995), Tour of Poland (1996), Tour de Beauce (2000, 2003 and 2005), Clarendon Cup (2002), GP Liberazione (Italy 1992) , Sea Otter Classic (2001), Housatonic Valley Classic International Road Race, CT (2002), CapTech Classic Criterium (2005), and Athens Twilight Criterium (2005 and 2006). He also won five stages at the Tour of Venezuela (1990), four stages at the Tour of Mexico (1990), and three stages at the Tour of Connecticut (2003 and 2005). Davidenko was a member of the Russian 1996 Summer Olympics’ team, a four-time member of the USSR and Russian National World Championship team and competed in five Grand Tours: Giro d’Italia (1995,1996,1997) and the Vuelta a Espana (1993,1994).
As a director, Davidenko helped riders achieve excellent results including winning the overall at the Vuelta Mexico and Tour of Turkey and stage wins at dozens of races including the Tour of Austria, Tour de Beauce, US Air Force Cycling Classic, Philly Cycling Classic and Fitchburg Longsjo Classic.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia in the Soviet Union, Davidenko began cycling at the age of 13 after a Georgian national team coach visited his school. In 1983, he began training with the Georgian National team. Three years later he began training with the Soviet Union National team and finished second at the Junior World Road Race Championships at 18 years old.
Davidenko currently resides in Marietta, GA, near Team Novo Nordisk headquarters with his wife and two children.
Get to know Vassili Davidenko
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Family, Health, Loyal Friends, Doing something special for the society, Safe World.
What is your greatest fear?
Get bitten by a snake.
Which living person do you most admire?
Ernesto Colnago, Frank Williams, Bruno Reverberi.
What is your current state of mind?
Ready to get back to everything that was postponed in the past two months.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The TT1 Racing team and TNN sport growing level.
Where would you most like to live?
In the USA.
What do you most value in your friends?
What is it that you most dislike?
Fake, dishonest people.
What is your motto?
Whatever you do, do ti well.