Amos, Canada — Team Novo Nordisk’s Quentin Valognes proved he is a junior racer to watch when he won three stages at the Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins, an international men’s junior bike race featuring the world’s best junior bike racers.
The UCI-sponsored Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins is held annually in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec. In its 46th edition, this year’s race featured 165 riders from more than nine countries.
The seven-day race kicked off on July 21st with a short prologue. Team Novo Nordisk quickly showed it was there to win when Quentin powered to the win and the 17-year-old’s winning streak had just begun. On Stage 5, he sprinted to the win with such dominance that he had time to post up and display the Team Novo Nordisk jersey. The following day, Quentin earned one more win, proving his dominance at the Canadian race.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at six years old, Quentin is in his second year with the Team Novo Nordisk Junior Team. The French native started out on the track, but since has added in road racing.
For Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, building a pipeline of athletes is essential for growth. Successes like Quentin’s at the Tour de l’Abitibi Desjardins help inspire people affected by diabetes around the world.
The Team Novo Nordisk junior squad serves as the starting point for Team Novo Nordisk’s talent. This multinational team includes some of the best young riders from around the world that are living and racing with diabetes. Each day they are learning what it takes to be a pro cyclist and manage diabetes successfully.
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