Lee's Lowdown looks at the draw of the Classics and who better to express an opinion, but Tom Boonen, the Classic King of Belgium when it comes to those battles of the Northern Hell. The Tour de France might be the boss of all races, but Lee makes a case for why the Classics are better races. The Season cometh.
Surgery Performed for Grade 3 AC-Joint Dislocation.
Rider Interview: Tom Boonen is a hero in Belgium, a great champion and also a nice guy to talk to. 'Tommeke' was training in Calpe, Spain (again) this month, so when the Etixx - Quick-Step team invited PEZ to come and talk we jumped at the chance to hear what the Tornado has in mind for 2015.
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team will have riders representing nine different countries at National Road Championships all over the World on Sunday, June 29th. The Belgian based team also will have several riders participating in the 250.2km race in what is considered the OPQS home country.
With heavy hearts, team OPQS announces that Tom Boonen will not take part in Milano-Sanremo next Sunday. The Belgian champion won’t start because he and his partner, Lore, lost their baby few hours ago due to a miscarriage. In such a sensitive moment Tom prefers to stay by his partner’s side.
Tom Boonen Interview: Tom Boonen is a man in form in Qatar and is on a mission after an illness ridden 2013 season. We caught up with the Belgian multi-champion in Spain as he piled in the kilometres just before heading off to the deserts of Qatar.
Bad news for Tom Boonen: After having to sit out the Tour of Denmark, the champion from team OPQS will also have to miss the Eneco Tour scheduled from August 12th to the 18th, due to a bothersome perineum cyst that is being treated with an anti inflammatory therapy. There is still no definite determination as to when Boonen will be able to return to competition.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in 1115.2km Tour of Austria from Sunday, June 30th until Sunday, July 7th.
Niki Terpstra to the Dutch National Championships. Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Halle-Ingooigem, a 198.4km race on June 19th that includes eight climbs, but a relatively flat final 17km. This will be the last race of Tom Boonen in the tri-colored jersey as Belgian National Champion before defending his title at the national championship on June 23rd.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Tour de Suisse, a 1,301.4km stage race from June 8th until June 16th. The 2013 edition features a Stage 1, 8.1km TT, chances for climbers in the mountains for Stage 2 (161km) and Stage 7 (206km), and a final stage TT of 26.8km, which includes an uphill approach to the finish. There are multiple medium mountain stages, and a sprint finale is most likely on Stage 4.
June 3, 2013 - The Tour de France looms closer every day and all the talk is pointed at that French race. Alberto Contador talks about his build-up and we look at Bradley Wiggins’ wind-down. The Critérium du Dauphiné is underway, it’s billed as a training race for the Tour, but it’s a big race in its self, we have the results, video and rider comments. Other races and news and the usual bits and pieces fill the EuroTrash bag for a Monday morning coffee and read.
Boonen Attending OPQS Fan Day Tomorrow. Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Tom Boonen won 170km Heistse Pijl on Saturday.
2nd Annual OPQS Fan Day Fast Approaching! Sunday, June 2nd. Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team wants to remind you that it will be hosting the 2nd annual "OPQS Fan Day" on Sunday, June 2nd. Our team is always trying to get closer to our fans. We believe our fans are a big part of our system and our success. That is why we are working on creating these kinds of events and always thinking of a new way to involve the fans — as they are a part of the team — as much as we can.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in 171km Gullegem Koerse, on Tuesday, May 28th.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will take part in Ronde van België (Tour of Belgium), a 730.1km race over five stages, from May 22nd to May 26th.
May 20, 2013 - Too hot in California and too cold in Italy! Cycling just can’t catch a break from the weather, but the racing has been hot, that’s for sure. As always we have the results, quotes and videos from the top races and lots of other news to get you through the morning. ET Monday and a coffee what more do you need?