Team Type 1 keeps edging ever closer to a breakthrough European victory with Jure Kocjan dashing to second in Sunday’s UCI 1.1 Fleche d’Emeraude on the northern coast of Bretagne.
Tony Gallopin (Cofidis) kicked to victory, with Kocjan crossing the line second for the team’s fifth top-three finish on the season.
“I was following a FDJ rider to his right, but he moved my way and I had to come around his left side. I was faster, but with the delay the Cofidis rider came up the middle and beat me to the line,” Kocjan said in a team release. “We had a tough week after Coppi e Bartali, and it’s very nice for the team and staff to have a good finish after all the hard work. We want to win, that’s our goal, but to be back at this level as quickly as we did shows how hard everybody worked to get the team on its feet.”
Team Type 1 – sanofi-aventis lost all its bicycles, spare parts, equipment and tools last week on the final day of a stage race in Italy when thieves broke into locked vehicles overnight and stole an estimated 500,000 euros worth of equipment.
Managers, mechanics and soigneurs worked to gather what spare parts were immediately available from technical sponsors, and some flew back to the team’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, to retrieve frames, gruppos, tools and other parts for delivery to the U.S. service course.
“We got a tremendous response from our technical sponsors, who jumped out of their normal supply timelines and shipping schedules to help us out after last week, and Jure’s second place today was thanks in large part to the lead-out they gave us. We are lucky to work with these people,” said sport director Vassili Davidenko.
“But what was most surprising was how fans and supporters came on to our website and made small donations to us. We’re set up as a non-profit organization, and the diabetes and cycling communities have both stood up to help us through this big recovery process.”