Prof. since: 2011
Style of rider: All-rounder
Favourite race: E3 Prijs Harelbeke
Personal website: www.vermote-brothers.be
Julien is one of the riders on the team to bet on for the future. The Belgian with a footballer's past as a goalie caught everyone's attention this year when he won the Driedaagse van West Vlaanderen at the end of a legendary final stage with brutally bad weather. For the first time in his career, Julien also participated in a major stage race, the Giro d'Italia, and he was an important support for Boonen at the Belgian national championships. Born in Kortrijk but a resident of Harelbeke, he dreams of winning the E3 Prijs sooner or later.
Overall - Driedaagse van West Vlaanderen
2008: Beveren 2000
2009: Beveren 2000
2010: Beveren 2000
2011: Team Quick Step
2012: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Julien Vermote finished 26th (+2'59") in the 54.8km Giro d'Italia Stage 8 ITT on Saturday.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team came just meters away from a victory at 110km Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday, as Julien Vermote tried his best to stay away solo, but the elements and a well organized pursuit foiled his plans. Iljo Keisse finished 4th in the highly successful South African cycling event, which attracts 35,000 riders every year. Kristof Vandewalle, Keisse, and Vermote all raced the event, and the OPQS Board also partcipated.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team happily returns as participants in the 36th Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, set to take place on March 10th in Cape Town, South Africa. This year, OPQS brings an additional rider to not only enjoy the experience of "the Argus," but to also try and get a good result. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour attracts 35,000 two-wheel enthusiasts to Cape Town every year. Over the past 36 years, the Cycle Tour has emerged as one of the greatest cycling events on the planet, thanks to perfect organization and a 110-kilometre route that passes through fascinating places. This year, riders will ride along the False Bay Coast, past the Cape of Good Hope, and will also feature beautiful views of the Atlantic Coast on the way to the finish.