Belgian Quinten De Graeve is set to make the move up to the Team Novo Nordisk professional team.
ATLANTA, June 7, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Young Belgian talent Quinten De Graeve is set to make the move up to the Team Novo Nordisk professional team after impressing for the development team during the first half of the season.
The 23-year-old puncheur will join the pro ranks with the world's first all diabetes professional cycling team for the rest of the 2023 season with the focus primarily on gaining more experience.
"Quinten has impressed with his performances so far this season," said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. "And we're happy to be able to help his development and progress by giving this added incentive to step up."
"The onus will be squarely on the learning process and maturing, but after the commitment and drive Quinten has shown this year, we feel he will be a strong addition to the senior professional team."
In his first year with the Team Novo Nordisk development program De Graeve has produced good results in stage races on US soil at Redlands Bicycle Classic and the extremely challenging Tour of the Gila where the Belgian secured top 20 finishes on stages two and four and shown his strength and Flemish characteristics competing in gritty national races in Belgium.
"This winter it was great news for me to join the Team Novo Nordisk development team and the positive impact was noticeable straight away," said De Graeve. "One of the many things the team taught me was how to start to live more and more professionally, diet, training, and diabetes management and as a result I became stronger. I'm sure I can learn a lot from the pro riders, and hope to keep growing."
"Prior to my first season with the development team, I wasn't thinking about becoming a member of the TNN - pro team. Of course this is a dream come true for me. I'm still developing, but I feel that I'm a pretty classic Flemish rider, I like the punchy courses, racing on the cobbles and against the wind are elements I can identify with and I'm looking forward to take this opportunity to progress with the pro team."
Tim Lindley, Team Novo Nordisk, +39 391 110 6499, [email protected]
SOURCE Team Novo Nordisk