After a successful Tour of Morocco, Team Type 1’s Aldo Ilo Ilesic has taken the victory and yellow jersey in Stage One of the prestigious Vuelta Mexico. The stage was a humid, flat and fast 80 kilometer circuit race in the sea-level port city of Veracruz. Despite headwinds, crosswinds and rugged roads, the powerhouse team of Valery Kobzarenko, Shawn Milne, Scott Stewart, Javier Leal Megias, Chris Jones, and Davide Frattini were able to lead Aldo out to victory.
“The race was very nervous,” commented Ilesic following the win. “This is normal for the first day of an stage race. But there was never a situation that Team Type 1 could not control. We were not going to let anything slip of our hands.”
Director Sportif, Vassili Davidenko, praised the team for its organization throughout the race. “Despite six flats due to the rough pavement, everything went according to our plan. I knew all Aldo needed to have was for the team put him in the right spot. The guys took control of the final 5 km of the race, and Aldo was unreachable at the finish line. It was a 100% team effort!”
“In the final lap we pretty much controlled the situation,” noted Ilesic, “The guys really made it hard for the other teams to keep their positions, especially because of the crosswinds coming from the ocean. The last kilometer was very tricky. Another team took over in the last 800m and I decided to go early. I started my sprint with 500m to go, took the right and left turn as fast as possible and hammered through the last 200 meters.”
Team Type 1 CEO and co-founder, Phil Southerland, praised Ilesic saying “I am really proud of Aldo, and the entire team that helped him win today. Aldo is developing into a true powerhouse, and he keeps winning bigger and bigger races. The Vuelta Mexico is a great race with a tough field, and is a great way to start the tour. I am hoping to see the same success out of our climber’s as the race goes on. We are in Mexico to win and test the form ahead of Tour of California.”
But beyond the race, Team Type 1 is riding for an even bigger reason: to raise awareness about diabetes management. “With the diabetes population growing so rapidly in the Hispanic community, we are hoping this success will help spread the message of the importance of exercise for people who live with diabetes and those who are pre-diabetic,” said Southerland after the win.
Stage 2 of the Vuelta Mexico will begin in Veracruz and finish in Jalapa after 108 km of a mostly up hill stage with one Category 2 King of the Mountains opportunity.