Team Type 1 Responds To Tour of California Snuff

ATLANTA, March 13 – Team Type 1 will not race in the 2012 Tour of California. Race promoters AEG did not invite the Atlanta-based Professional Continental team.

“We are shocked and disappointed. So far this season we are the most successful Professional Continental team in the United States, with a deep race program that goes around the world. This upcoming weekend we are going to Milano-San Remo in Italy, next weekend the Criterium International in France, and later in the season we are already invited to more World Tour events at Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Tour of Poland. And yet we weren’t invited to our own home country’s biggest event,” said Team Type 1 CEO and Founder Phil Southerland.

Team Type 1-Sanofi has 23 professional cyclists from 11 countries speaking 9 languages. Five of the riders have type 1 diabetes, a chronic disease that requires continuous monitoring and periodic insulin injections or carbohydrate intake to control blood glucose levels.

“Our message provides inspiration and our omission will be a huge loss for millions of fans who look forward to seeing us compete. We race around the world with a message of hope for people who live with diabetes. We inspire families to get out and exercise and get on top of this disease and live life to the fullest every day. We have had phenomenal support at the Tour of California, meeting with moms and dads and kids who cheered us on from Sacramento to Thousand Oaks along the way. This year we’ll have to figure out a way to keep these families interested in a race that would not invite us,” Southerland said.

Team Type 1-Sanofi riders raced over the previous weekend in the Netherlands on the cobblestones of Drenthe, with Martijn Verschoor winning the intermediate sprint competition two days running, Georg Preidler winning the hill sprint competition on Saturday, and Daniele Colli sprinting to a podium place on Friday. Verschoor has type 1 diabetes.

“We’ve had enormous success as a team so far in 2012. Colli was on the podium both days of the Reggio Calabria season opener races in Italy, Preidler won the KOM jersey at the Tour du Haut Var in France, and Julien El Fares was second overall in that same race. We even had our young Russian sprinter Aleksandr Serebryakov take fifth in the Belgian semi-classic Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, so we know we have a team that can get results against the best in the world. That we can’t go to California this year is a frustrating challenge that we want to overcome and put behind us,” Southerland said.