Team Type 1 – Proud to ride Colnago !

27 Jan

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Colnago bicycles hosted an exclusive, invitation only presentation at its Italian headquarters recently to announce its 2011 bicycle sponsorships, and Team Type 1 was honoured to be there!
Luminaries from Italy’s cycling world gathered just outside Milano to attend the unveiling of Colnago’s five sponsored cycling squads for 2011, with recent double-world champions Paolo Bettini and Gianni Bugno rubbing shoulders with past champions Giuseppe Saronni, three-time Giro d’Italia winner Fiorenzo Magni and former Italian national coach Alfredo Martini. Current Italian Cycling Federation president Renato Di Rocco sat next to 78-year old founder Ernesto Colnago at the head of the VIP table.

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Team Type 1 riders Rubens Bertogliati, the current Swiss national time trial champion,  and Daniele Callegarin, who transferred from Italian squad Centri della Calzatura where he won the GP Industria & Artigianato, sat next to Director Sportif Massimo Podenzana, himself a two-time Italian national champion, and Athletic Director Vassili Davidenko, who began his professional career in Italy, and speaks the language fluently.
“Italy is the center of the cycling universe, and Colnago is like the heart that beats to keep it spinning,” Davidenko said. 
Team Type 1 will ride the carbon fibre Colnago M10 and C59 road bikes in 2011, and use Flight Time Trial frames against the clock. The squad has stepped up to the Professional Continental level in 2011, expanding its roster of riders to include experienced European peloton veterans while focusing equally on its six professional cyclists with type 1 diabetes. 

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“The C59 is about 1 kilo stripped down, and it was in development for four years. It’s the top of the line in Italian craftsmanship, and represents the best set of tools we have to give to our riders to get them up the road and on to the podium,” said team manager Phil Southerland.
Team Type 1’s development squad, all U23 riders with type 1 diabetes, will ride the Colnago CX1, and the women’s squad will race on the Colnago CLX.
“Cycling is our people, our country. When in 1946 the cities were still bombed out and the road to Trieste was filled with rubble, the tifosi came out and picked the rocks out of the street so the riders could finish the stage. That’s how deep it is inside of us,” said Martini, who won the Giro dell’Appennino in 1947 and a stage in the Giro d’Italia in 1950, in remarks at the beginning of the presentation.

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Podenzana highlighted the mission of Team Type 1 in his short speech to the crowd.
“It’s a team, but unlike any other in the peloton . We have the opportunity to reach out to the community of people who suffer from diabetes, to show them it is possible to live a normal life by controlling and managing this condition. We want to race and bring this message of hope to people, so that they can be inspired and go on to achieve their own dreams,” Podenzana said.

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Below is a selection of photographs taken by Team Type 1.

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