As a consequence of a crash with about 10km remaining in Paris-Nice Stage 2 on Monday, Gianni Meersman left the race this morning, returned to Belgium, and immediately underwent examinations at H.-Hartziekenhuis Roeselare-Menen as decided by team medical staff. Medical checks underlined fractures of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th ribs of the right hemithorax. A CT Scan also underlined fractures of three, and fissures of six, transverse processes in the dorsal and lumbar areas.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will take part in Volta ao Algarve, a five-stage race from Feb. 19th until Feb. 23rd. OPQS hopes to repeat similar success as 2013, when Tony Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski went 1-2 in both the individual time trial, as well as the overall. This year the ITT is a distance of 13.6km, and is an undulating parcours. There are also stages for the sprinters, as well as a stage for the climbers: 164.4km Stage 4, which includes a summit finish on Category 2 Alto do Malhão.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Trofeo Mallorca, a race from February 9th until February 12th. Trofeo Mallorca — a series of back-to-back one-day races — includes 116km Trofeo Palma, which leaves the possibility for a sprint with only two Category 4 climbs in the earlier part of the race. Trofeo Ses Salines (183km) is a more undulating race, with four Category 4 climbs.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Tour of Qatar, from February 9th until February 14th. Returning to the race is Tom Boonen, who has the strongest history of any rider at Tour of Qatar with four GC victories, as well as 20 stage wins. Tour of Qatar— known for strong winds that leave the possibility for a breakaway as well as exciting sprint finales — includes five flat stages no longer than 160.5km, as well as a 10.9km TT.
Mark Cavendish Interview: The fastest man in the World on two wheels is one description of Mark Cavendish, but when it comes to talking he doesn’t hang about either. We found that out in what was meant to be a short interview with the man from the Isle of Man when his Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team were in Spain for their team presentation in January. No lead-out was needed to get ‘Cav’ going!
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will take part in the first edition of the Dubai Tour, from Feb. 5th until Feb. 8th. The race, which serves as the debut of the UCI Asia Tour, features 16 teams and 128 participants. There is a 10km prologue, followed by four flat stages — the longest being a 162.3km third stage.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Zdenek Stybar confirmed his presence as a participant in the UCI World Cyclocross Championship in Hoogerheide — which takes place on Sunday, February 2nd— after training on the parcours today.
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PEZ ON SCENE: The Omega Pharma – Quick-Step pro cycling team is one of the most successful and it’s always a pleasure to see how a big team functions behind the scenes. PEZ got a close up look at their recent Spain training camp, meeting the riders, taking a spin in a team car and eating a nice lunch. Could it get any better?
A super fast OPQS will be lining up for the eighth edition of the Tour de San Luis. With Cavendish, Boonen and Petacchi the Belgian formation will bring together no less than 400 victories, 2 Milano Sanremo races, 4 Paris-Roubaix, 3 Tour de Flandres, 2 in-line World Championships and 3 green jerseys at the Tour de France. Until now we've never seen a trio quite like this.
Works with Partner Specialized on TT Position Testing. Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team continues to work closely with partner Specialized in order to optimize time trial bike position for team riders. OPQS visited the velodrome of Valencia last week to participate in further testing.
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team concluded a successful first training camp in Valencia (Oliva) for the 2014 season. The camp took place from December 9th until the 18th, and was certainly a busy time for both riders and staff.
On Tuesday, January 14th, 2014, OPQS Cycling Team will introduce itself to their sponsors and fans in a truly unique event to be held on the track named after Belgian Cycling Legend Eddy Merckx at the Vlaams Wielerecentrum in Gent (Belgium).
This year, Zdenek Stybar will again participate in races of cyclocross, the discipline that brought him to prominence at the beginning of his career.
Once again team Omega Pharma – Quick Step will be in Spain to open their season. In fact, the riders and team staff will meet up starting Monday, December 9th until Thursday the 19th at Hotel Oliva Nova (Oliva) for the first training camp of the 2014 season.
OPQS Cycling Team is proud to present the new racing outfit our athletes will be wearing during the 2014 season. The outfit is produced by the Vermarc company, one of the exceptional partners of the team for many years. The design of the outfit has been renovated for the next season. Compared to 2013, the jersey features clearer and more decisive lines, and a black colour scheme that makes the jersey more aggressive — yet more elegant and stylish at the same time!
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Japan Cup, a 151.3km one-day hill circuit road race on Sunday, October 20th.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Paris - Tours, a 235km one-day race on Sunday, Oct. 13th. The race is known as a sprinters classic, but there can still be opportunities for other finishes depending on the actions of the race within the parcours.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Tour of Beijing, a 835.5km race of five stages from Oct. 11th until Oct. 15th. The third edition will likely be the most challenging yet, as there are no time trials and only one stage is truly sprinter friendly.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection for Giro di Lombardia, a 255km race on October 6th.