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by Shane Stokes
December 15, 2017
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The all-diabetic Team Novo Nordisk announced its team roster and presented its 2018 racing kit on Thursday, naming 16 athletes to its squad for the coming season. The two newcomers are the previous stagiaire Sam Brand (Isle of Man) and the prior development team rider Emanuel Mini of Argentina.
“The 2018 roster features some exciting changes for Team Novo Nordisk,” said CEO and co-founder Phil Southerland. “We reduced our roster size so we can focus on the dedicated athletes whose primary goal is to inspire, educate and empower everyone around the world affected by diabetes.
“This new roster features our most committed athletes to date, and you can feel the increased motivation and morale that’s driving them to succeed. We are going into the 2018 season with renewed confidence and are motivated to get on the top step of the podium.”
The smaller-sized squad will change its white and blue kit for a darker navy blue look, with the Changing Diabetes logo featuring prominently.
“The elements within this Italian designed and produced jersey have significant meaning to the diabetes community, and we are proud to continue bringing global attention to diabetes and creating heroes for everyone affected by diabetes,” Southerland said. “The blue circle is the symbol of the diabetes community and it reflects unity. Changing Diabetes is Novo Nordisk’s response to the global diabetes epidemic. At Team Novo Nordisk, we race to change diabetes.”
Team Novo Nordisk 2018 roster:
Mehdi Benhamouda (FRA), Sam Brand (UK), Fabio Calabria (AUS), Stephen Clancy (IRL), Romain Gioux (FRA), Joonas Henttala (FIN), Brian Kamstra (NED), David Lozano (ESP), Reid McClure (CAN), Emanuel Mini (ARG), Andrea Peron (ITA), Charles Planet (FRA), Umberto Poli (ITA), Quentin Valognes (FRA), Rik van IJzendoorn (NED), Chris Williams (AUS).