Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Vattenfall Cyclassics, a 252.8km one-day race on August 24th. It's the only race in Germany designated on the UCI WorldTour calendar.
Among a strong list of riders, Mark Cavendish will participate for the first time in his career.
"Mark is keen to ride his bike," Sport Director Brian Holm said. "After Tour de l'Ain he had a good block of training. That's why we decided at the last moment to add this race to his calendar. The presence of Mark will be important also for the team strategy during the race. But on this team we have weapons for any kind of solution, including those who can be present in the attacks in final kilometers if the race fires up on the climbs. We will do our best to continue the winning mood that was present last week with several wins of the team, going for good results regardless of the scenarios of the race."more information
Herva and Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team present OPQS Sportprints!
A co-operation between Herva – manufacturer of promotion articles – and Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team makes it possible to print exclusive photos of OPQS riders on wallprints, polyframes and stickers. Due to a new technique fans can create their own format and design of unique pictures and decorate their home, office or sport accommodation.
Jeroen Lerouge, managing director Herva: "In 2013 we started with our project which makes it possible for consumers to print their own or preselected photos onto a wallprint or other applications. There is a lot of interest in these kind of products and so we invested in a better technique to meet up the increasing requests. The co-operation with Omega Pharma – Quick-Step offers an unique and exclusive opportunity to provide all OPQS fans with their own design basis on the many beautiful photos of the OPQS archives."
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Patrick Lefevere, managing director Omega Pharma – Quick-Step: "This concept is innovative and fits into our philosophy. As a cycling team we have a very large archive with unique pictures. I'm happy these photos are also available for our fans, so they can decorate their supporters home or rooms.
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step announces it has extended its contract with Pieter Serry. The 25-year-old Belgian climber has been on the team OPQS roster since last season, and now he will continue riding with the team for the next two seasons (2015 & 2016).
"Pieter is an athlete I already followed with interest since before he arrived in our team's orbit" OPQS Ceo Patrick Lefevere said. "Last year he stood out for some good performances and especially for the brilliant 7th and 8th places earned respectively at the Giro di Lombardia and in the Clasica San Sebastian, which are two of the hardest classics on the cycling scene. Pieter is an excellent climber and considering his young age he has all the cards he needs to further improve and become an important player in the group that we're building for the stage races and which actually revolves around Uran and Kwiatkowski."
"I feel comfortable on the team, here everything is really well organized and professional but at the same time there is a genuine feeling to the human relationships that make me happy to be a part of this group" Serry said. "We are all friends and we have a lot of respect for each other. I really appreciate the fact that the management believes in me and I can't wait to repay them with great performances. In the near future I aim to further improve, especially on climbs, and become a man to count on for our GC guys, dreaming of one day being able to also go for an important result."
OPQS has officially announced Mark Cavendish's schedule for the next several weeks. Cavendish will ride in the Tour du Poitou Charentes (26th-29th August) followed by the Tour of Britain (7th-14th September).
"Mark has proven that he's worked very hard since his crash at the Tour de France," explains Rolf Aldag. "Just six weeks after his injury, he took part in the Tour de l'Ain and worked as an important supporting rider to his teammates, even though obviously he is understandably not yet back to 100% condition. We really appreciated Mark's behaviour and his desire to get back into racing as soon as possible. Now the Team believe that Mark needs a further intermediate step, which will be the Poitou Charents, in order get some more competition kilometers into his legs and continue his progress of gradual re-entry into competition. After the short French stage race, the plan is for Mark to line up for the start of the Tour of Britain with the aim of definitively rediscovering his race feeling by competing and trying to get good results."
"After the injury both myself and the Team set a goal to get slowly back into a race environment at the Tour de l'Ain which I've now done." Cavendish said, "It was not an easy race for me because naturally my shoulder was still bothering me a little as it continues to get stronger each day. Now the next step is another shorter stage race at Poitou Charents. We will continue to monitor my condition week by week; as things stand it's impossible to know how I'll be feeling each week considering the severity of the injury and the accelerated recovery time. One thing is for sure, I would like to be at the start for the Tour of Britain for another chance to race in front of British fans again this year which holds lots of fond memories. My goal there will be to do the best I possibly can depending on the condition I'm in."
OPQS has officially announced the squad that will take part in La Vuelta a España. There are 21 stages covering 3239.9km from August 23rd until September 14th. The race is divided into five flat stages, 13 medium and high mountain stages, and two individual time trials. There is also a 12.6km team time trial to open the race. The individual time trials are during stages 10 and 21, at 36.7km and 9.7km in respective distances.
"The team is built up around Rigoberto Uran, who will get full support from his teammates," Sport & Development Manager Rolf Aldag said. "During the Giro d'Italia Rigoberto proved he has the skills for the major tours, so he deserves the support of the team. His approach to the race was similar to the one set in motion for the Giro d'Italia. Some of the guys from the team like Wout Poels, Gianluca Brambilla, and Pieter Serry already have experience in major tours next to Uran. Backing them up, the squad will be able to count on Carlos Verona, akin his debut in his first big tour, and also Martin Velits and Nikolas Maes. These three riders are all guarantees in terms of team support and rapport. The squad will be completed by Tom Boonen and Tony Martin. Tom's leadership will be an important figure in the flat stages and in bunch sprint arrivals in which we want to stand out with his dashes. La Vuelta will also be important for him as he prepares for the Worlds. Tony will make La Vuelta an important part of his World Championship build up. He will target the opening team time trial and the long individual time trial to test his shape. In the other stages he will serve as support in the overall team strategy. In general the team is well balanced, with riders who will be able to support Uran in every racing situation. "more information