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ANDREA PERON - KEVIN DE MESMAEKER - JAVIER MEGIAS
CHARLES PLANET - DAVID LOZANO - JOONAS HENTTALA
This time last year Team Novo Nordisk, the pro cycling team where all the riders have Type 1 Diabetes, debuted at the Tour of Britain. We covered their story in Issue 5 as we met them in Liverpool ahead of Stage 1. By their own admission it was a baptism of fire. The young team lacked experience and were nervous of the narrow and grippy roads, the unpredictable weather, the smaller team size (6) and of course the fierce level of competition they would encounter. They each battled bravely every day, but in the end they held on to come home 19th of 20 teams.
The experience, however, was invaluable. Five of the same six-man team returned to do battle for the 2015 edition of the race. More confident and determined to try to animate the race rather than just hold on, the boys managed to improve their overall standing this year. By the end of the London stage the guys had secured 16th position - a great improvement on last time out on the island.
We had the great pleasure to meet the guys again during the early stages of this year's Tour and again in the Capital. Here's what they had to say about their return to the Tour of Britain. Take a look at our TNN slideshow below too.
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