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Team Novo Nordisk Receive Wild Card Invitations Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-San Remo

Cycling: 107th Milan - Sanremo 2016 Illustration Illustratie/ Peloton Peleton/ Landscape Paysage/ Sea Mer/BAGDONAS Gediminas (LTU)/ TJALLINGII Maarten (NED)/ KUREK Adrian (POL)/ TVETCOV Serghei (ROU)/ MAESTRI Mirco (ITA)/ BARTA Jan (CZE)/ KLUGE Roger (GER)/ BONO Matteo (ITA)/ CONTI Samuele (ITA)/ PERON Andrea (ITA)/ COLEDAN Marco (ITA)/ Milano - Sanremo (291Km) Milano Milaan © Tim De Waele

Team Novo Nordisk announced today that it received invitations to Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-San Remo. The team warmly welcomed these invitations from RCS and is eager to make its Tirreno-Adriatico debut.

Team Novo Nordisk CEO and Co-founder Phil Southerland was elated with the news of the invitations. “It is an honor to be invited back to Milano-San Remo and to receive our first Tirreno-Adriatico invitation. First, we want to thank RCS for believing in us. Their continued support has allowed us to reach an even broader audience as we continue to race to change diabetes around the world. We understand that with honor comes responsibility and our riders will need to race harder than ever before to uphold the integrity of these iconic races.”

For the past two editions of Milano-San Remo, Team Novo Nordisk’s Andrea Peron spent both races in the main breakaway. This provided us with a tremendous reach to spread our message of inspiring, educating and empowering people affected by diabetes in Italy and across the globe. The distinction and prestige of Tirreno-Adriatico allows us to inspire even more people to keep chasing their dreams.
“For our team and sponsors, we feel the continued support from RCS shows their recognition in our growth and belief in our team’s unique message,” stated Team Novo Nordisk General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “We will show our appreciation by lining up with our best squad to date. The addition of Tirreno-Adriatico is a big boost for this organization. It is a premier World Tour race, and it is one of our major targets for the season.”

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