What does that mean to a thirty-two year old male that has been living with Type 1 diabetes for almost twenty-five years? It means the world to not only me but diabetics all over the globe. For the past three years Novo Nordisk and Team Novo Nordisk have changed how people view diabetes. Anything is possible with diabetes, for so long many of us were told that we could or couldn't do something because we have diabetes. Personally Novo Nordisk and Team Novo Nordisk have taught me that anything is possible with diabetes. Seeing a pro cycling team with diabetes has changed my life and given me a confidence that I have never felt before. Every member of Team Novo Nordisk is a role model, it is just simply amazing what they do on the bike. It is off the bike where the team shines, Novo Nordisk is committed to making better medicines and making life with diabetes easier to mange. The cycling team delivers this message where ever they go, they take the time to talk with fellow diabetics that come to races. It is just amazing to see,
A sincere thank you goes out to Novo Nordisk and Team Novo Nordisk. You are changing diabetes each and everyday and that is amazing. The 2021 Tour de France is in sight and with the Novo Nordisk and Team Novo Nordisk partnership growing stronger each day I know that they will be together when Team Novo Nordisk lines up for the first stage of the 2021 Tour de France!!
Novo Nordisk Renews Commitment to World’s First All-Diabetes
Professional Cycling Team Through 2017
ATLANTA, Ga. (May 7, 2015) – Global healthcare company Novo Nordisk, renewed its partnership with Team Novo Nordisk for an additional two years, extending the company’s commitment to the first-ever all-diabetes professional cycling team to a total of five years. The team, made up of 18 athletes from 11 countries, all living with type 1 diabetes, will compete in its first major U.S. stage race this year at the prestigious Tour of California, beginning May 10th in Sacramento.
Team Novo Nordisk was launched in 2012 by former professional cyclist and global diabetes advocate, Phil Southerland, together with Novo Nordisk, based on a shared goal to inspire, educate and empower people affected by diabetes. Prior to 2012, there was no professional team in any sport made up entirely of athletes with diabetes and Novo Nordisk Executive Vice President of China, Pacific and Marketing, Jakob Riis, who forged the original agreement with Southerland, pledged the company’s support to achieve this historic first.
“As a global leader in diabetes care, Novo Nordisk has a responsibility not only to provide innovative products to tackle the diabetes pandemic, but to also invest in initiatives that support the diabetes community,” said Riis. “Our partnership with Team Novo Nordisk reinforces this commitment and we’re proud to support the team in its mission to inspire, educate and empower people affected by diabetes.”
“Novo Nordisk is an incredible partner and its renewed commitment to this world class team of athletes enables us to continue racing at the sport’s highest level and utilize cycling as a platform to show the 387 million people around the world living with diabetes what may be possible,” said Phil Southerland, co-founder & CEO of Team Novo Nordisk. “It also allows us to continue our focus on identifying and developing the next generation of athletes living with the condition and creating new heroes for people with diabetes all over the world."
With a title sponsorship secured through 2017, Team Novo Nordisk seeks to increase awareness of diabetes to millions of cycling fans worldwide while bringing a new audience of people affected by diabetes to the sport. Racing on the International Cycling Union (UCI) Professional Continental Tour, the team earned 21 top-10 finishes and eight podium appearances in 2014, including a third place finish on Stage 4 of the Tour of California. To date in 2015, Team Novo Nordisk has achieved 12 top-10 finishes, including a stage win at the Tour de Filipinas in February. Team Novo Nordisk also includes junior and development squads currently totaling 30 athletes.
About Team Novo Nordisk
Team Novo Nordisk is the world’s first all-diabetes UCI Professional Continental cycling team. In 2012, Phil Southerland, co-founder and CEO of the team, and global healthcare company Novo Nordisk, came together to create Team Novo Nordisk, based on a shared vision to inspire, educate and empower people around the world affected by diabetes. For more information, visit www.teamnovonordisk.com.
About Novo Nordisk
Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: haemophilia, growth disorders and obesity. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 39,000 people in 75 countries and markets its products in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit novonordisk.com,Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube