Prof. since: 2007
Style of rider: Sprinter, Rouleur
Hobbies: Gaming, alternative sports
Favourite race: Ronde Van Vlaanderen, E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
Twitter name: @nikolas_maes
Nikolas caught the cycling bug when he was 11, when he saw the riders in the Ronde van Vlaanderen pass through the streets of his hometown. Now he is one of the diehards on the team. A versatile rider who is just as at home on the northern cobblestones as he is on the roads of the major tours, Nikolas is a fantastic team player who has splendidly launched Tom Boonen to some of his most celebrated victories. He’s passionate about “everything that’s business.” In 2013 Nikolas, in addition to supporting the team, also won a great victory in the World Port Classics, a two-stage race in Belgium and the Netherlands that is perfect for his talents as a rouleur and man of the north. In 2014 Nikolas will again be among the key players on the team.
3rd stage Vuelta a Burgos
Overall classification World Ports Classic
2007: Chocolade Jacques – Topsport Vlaanderen
2008: Topsport Vlaanderen - Caprisonne
2009: Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator
2010: Team Quick Step
2011: Team Quick Step
2012: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
2013: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team riders Nikolas Maes and Alessandro Petacchi finished 3rd and 4th in 190.5km Tour of Beijing Stage 1 on Friday, as the peloton brought back an original breakaway of four that was down to just one solo rider with 5km remaining in the stage.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Nikolas Maes was 2nd in the bunch sprint at 194.8km Stage 1 of Tour de l'Eurométropole (Circuit Franco Belge), from La Louvière to Moorslede on Thursday.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Nikolas Maes maintained contact with a 16 rider lead group in a highly active 195km Stage 2 of World Ports Classic, which was completely blown apart due to wind and aggressive tactics. Maes was rewarded for his hard work with the overall victory.