Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Southerland is TOC Lanterne Rouge for early stages

After a prologue and two demanding stages of the Amgen Tour of California, Phil Southerland, founder of Team Type 1, is in 128th place and holds the Lanterne Rouge slot. Eight riders have already abandoned the Tour. He is a previous Lanterne Rouge finisher from last year's Tour de Taiwan.

Phil and teammate Fabio Calabria are the only riders with Type 1 diabetes in the race. They have had their share of adversity the past two days - having to fight through the wind, cold and rain as every rider had to do, while they have the additional routine demand of simultaneously managing their blood glucose levels. It is thanks to their insulin sponsors like Lantus and Apidra and their diabetes management products like the FreeStyle Navigator and the OmniPod and Dex4 that helps them stay in contention.

Best wishes to Phil and his teammates for a successful completion of the Tour!

Update 1: Phil Southerland has retained his Lanterne Rouge position after Stage 3, with numerous departures from the race on a grueling day. 119 riders are still in the race, while 17 other prologue finishers are gone.

Update 2: Southerland was forced to retire from the race during Stage 4. 108 riders remain, and Francesco Chicchi of Liquigas is the new TOC Lanterne Rouge.

Update 3: Francesco Chicchi of Liquigas continues as the TOC Lanterne Rouge, which provides him with the noon starting slot of 108 rides in the Stage 6 time trial in Solvang. The top ten riders go off at 1:41 pm local time at 2 minute intervals.

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Go Phil! Keep riding strong. Can't wait to see you in a few days.
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