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 has re-signed several of its riders for 2013 and beyond.
Gert Steegmans was the top finisher in the bunch sprint finish of the 207km Tour de Wallonie Stage 4 on Tuesday, placing 7th.
Kristof Vandewalle and Frantisek Rabon showed their time trial prowess in the 24.1km Stage 7 of Tour of Austria on Saturday.