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Reza at the Races: Team Novo Nordisk at the AMGEN Tour of California

Targeting the 2021 Tour de France

Team Novo Nordisk is competing in their third consecutive AMGEN Tour of California this week. Heading into the final two days of racing, the team’s best placed rider is veteran, Javier Megias, siting 16th on GC.

Originally named, Team Type 1, the team was founded in 2008. Novo Nordisk came on board in 2012, when the squad switched to an all-type 1 diabetes roster. The mission continues to be one of inspiration and education, working with Novo Nordisk to learn what is possible and how to manage diabetes for athletes.

USCR spoke with CEO and Co-Founder of the team, Phil Southerland, before the start in South Pasadena earlier this week about the team’s goals and aspirations for the rest of the season.

Rebecca Reza and Phil SoutherlandUSCR's Rebecca Reza talks with Team Novo Nordisk' Phil Southerland.

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Jelly Belly's Morton forced to abandon AMGEN Tour of California

Lady Luck Eludes Australian After a Strong Spring Campaign

Written by Rebecca Reza

On Thursday, midway through the stage, Lachlan Morton of Team Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis was forced to abandon the AMGEN Tour of California due to a concussion sustained in a late crash on stage 4. The crash was the result of a front tire blowout heading into the final kilometers of Laguna Beach. California was the biggest goal of the season for both Morton and the team.

Jelly Belly Lachlan MortonJelly Belly's Lachlan Morton.  Photo by Oran Kelly/Eibhir

 

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2016 Amgen Tour of California Rosters Announced

California to Host Cycling Icons – World Champions, Olympic Medalists, Hopefuls and Tour de France Champ – in All-Star Lineup that includes Sagan, Wiggins, Cavendish, Degenkolb, Kristoff and Alaphilippe

AEG, presenter of the Amgen Tour of California (May 15-22), announced rosters for the eleventh annual stage race. One of the most important races on the international calendar, the event attracts some of the brightest cycling stars in the world to the golden state each May. This year’s field includes 11 World Champions, five Olympic medalists and Rio Olympic hopefuls.

AToC Map 2016

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USCR's Rebecca Reza's Spotlight on Neilson Powless of Axeon Hagens Berman

Powless Blazes Trail Up Gibraltar Road - Youngest Rider of the Race Turns Heads With a Solo Attack

Tuesday saw the first battle for the general classification at the Amgen Tour of California. Etixx-Quick-step rider, Julian Alaphilippe crossed the line for the win after an explosive attack leaving Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) and George Bennitt (Lotto NL-Jumbo) in his wake to round out the podium. Alaphilippe now leads the GC after Ben King (Team Cannondale) lost significant time.

Neilson Powless

At 19-years of age, Neilson Powless of Axeon Hagens Berman, showed no intimidation attacking the big names of the race entering the decisive climb of the Queen Stage up Gibraltar Road. He held a solo gap of up to 30 seconds for just over 3 kilometers before he was caught in the final kilometers.

Read more: USCR's Rebecca Reza's Spotlight on Neilson Powless of Axeon Hagens Berman

USCR's Rebecca Reza Talks to John Degenkolb

Degenkolb Happy to Return to Being a Professional Cyclist Again

Text by Rebecca Reza

Photo by Eibhir

Decorated German sprinter John Degenkolb of Team Giant Alpecin, will line up for his first stage race of the season tomorrow at the Amgen Tour of California. Six months ago, Degenkolb’s career nearly came to an end in one of the most horrific training crashes in professional cycling.

John Degenkolb

Read more: USCR's Rebecca Reza Talks to John Degenkolb

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