Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team is pleased to announce that it has renewed its partnership with janom s.r.o. for the next two seasons (2015-2016).
A partner of the team since 2012, janom s.r.o. is a private investment company operating in a number of renewable energy divisions, as well as in the information technology sector. It is also involved in electro-mobility activities through the development of the GreenWay project, a new era in electro-mobility for commercial purposes based on an innovative business model that comprises ready-made quality services for business transportation focused on maximum environmental consciousness and efficient use of company resources.
The GreenWay logo will appear on the right sleeve of the team’s racing jerseys starting in January 2015, while the janom s.r.o. brand will still be featured on the left sleeve.
“The existing cooperation with OPQS brought us significant marketing support, while building a good reputation of our company and brand janom s.r.o globally” said Jan Miskovsky, CEO for janom s.r.o. "This results in a positive approach in various business situations with investors, banks, and clients. In the near future we would like to put more marketing effort into our other business, in the sector of electro-mobility via GreenWay Operator. Our interest is to establish our position in various European countries where cycling is popular. I think that electro-mobility and cycling are branches that have a lot of in common."
“We are very pleased with the deal we have reached,” said the CEO for Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Patrick Lefevere. “The core business for janom s.r.o. is based on the use of renewable energy sources and a ‘green’ business model. Cycling is probably the best means that can be put to use in order to communicate the essence of a business based on environmental sustainability. Those of us in the cycling world are becoming more aware of this increasingly relevant issue day after day, considering the great potential this sport offers when it comes to sustainable mobility. Having such important brands on our jerseys will also allow us to increase the exposure of our team and its partners in some of the Eastern and Northern European markets where janom s.r.o. is a major presence.”
OPQS rider Zdenek Stybar suffered bad luck on Thursday, crashing at Kermiscross Ardooie (Belgium). The UCI World Cyclocross Champion returned to racing only recently after another crash in Ardooie, on the road at Eneco Tour.
Stybar underwent examinations following the crash. The X-rays underlined ligament ruptures as the result of a Grade 3 AC-joint dislocation on the right shoulder. Surgery to stabilize the AC-Joint, and repair the ruptured ligaments, was performed at the hospital of H.-Hartziekenhuis Roeselare in the late afternoon. The surgery performed by Doctor Alexander Ryckaert went good.
Stybar will leave the hospital tomorrow. More information about the time of recovery will be released on Wednesday, the 22nd of October, after medical control.
OPQS rider Michal Kwiatkowski was the recipient of the International Flandrien Award on Wednesday night. He received the award from cycling legend Eddy Merckx!
"It's an honor to get a prize like this one and from the hands of a cycling legend like Eddy Merckx," Kwiatkowski said. "I ride for a Belgian Team and I'm really connected to Belgium. I won the first race of my career at Driedaagse van West Vlaanderen two years ago, and I had good results in Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Flèche Wallone this year. I have a lot of friends here and I'm happy to have been selected as winner of the International Flandrien. It's a prize with a lot of history — before me a lot of great riders won this award. The trophy itself is really a piece of art and for sure I will find a good spot at my place for it."
OPQS rider and UCI World Road Champion Michal Kwiatkowski visited Bakala Academy on Wednesday, a facility where "science meets sports." Established in 2013 thanks to the commitment of OPQS team owner Mr. Zdenek Bakala, Bakala Academy aims to create a center of excellence to promote innovation and education in cycling and sports in general, as well as contributing to the development of sports within an international, cultural, and economic context. Bakala Academy utilizes research and innovation to provide high quality services to both professional and recreational athletes.
"It was nice to come back here and say hello to the guys who work at the Bakala Academy," Kwiatkowski said. "For riders like me it's super nice to have such great quality services at our disposal, in order to check our condition and work on our performance data to improve as a rider. As everybody knows I am really into data, I like this information and think in professional cycling it's important to know yourself, with data as your guide. To me it's also a simple process as I work with OPQS trainer Koen Pelgrim, who is also involved with Bakala Academy. I remember the first test I did in 2008 with OPQS. It was Koen that ran this test. So, he's been following me basically since that day. To me it's perfect to be in an environment where I can profit from the services of Bakala Academy, which links to the training of the team provided by Koen. What's even nicer is that all I can touch with my hands here is at the disposal of all athletes — recreational or professional. It's nice to know Bakala Academy helps us with their knowledge and experience, which we can transfer from them to our performance on the bike. It's even nicer that Bakala Academy does the same thing for the people on the road who exercise to achieve their personal goals."
"My direct connection to the Bakala Academy makes me a much better trainer for OPQS," Pelgrim said. "The daily scientific input I am getting through the Bakala Academy is of utmost importance to me. I also realize that top riders such as Kwiatkowski expect me to make them better athletes via the most up-to-date training and coaching strategies. Here I am getting this scientific support day after day. I could argue that I am a product of Bakala Academy. Bakala Academy delivers the multidisciplinary approach I need to be able to function at this high level of elite athlete performance. I get continuous updates about novel training strategies, new developments in sports nutrition, cycling position and aerodynamics, performing in the heat/altitude, etc. The full spectrum of determinants of cycling performance is covered in a single location: the Bakala Academy."
"It was a great day for us to have a world champion here saying hello," said Professor Peter Hespel, who handles endurance and nutrition at Bakala Academy. "Kwiatkowski and all of OPQS are the examples of how hard work always pay off. As for Bakala Academy, we're happy to be a part of this success story. It's really important to work with such top riders consistently over time, because we can transfer knowledge we collect with those riders to recreational athletes. We can offer the same individualized and customized services to everybody. As for what is next here, we're looking forward to having all of OPQS here in the near future to make the first tests prior to the new season. With this team we can grow and enjoy the great success of OPQS together."
OPQS riders Niki Terpstra and Zdenek Stybar decided they weren't going to wait around for a bunch sprint at 81st Nationale Sluitingprijs - Putte - Kapellen, which consisted of eight laps, 22.39km each. Terpstra went into an original breakaway of 11 riders, which was eventually reduced to four before getting brought back with 24km to go in the Belgian one day race that closed out the 2014 road season.
OPQS was not done being protagonists, however. Stybar decided to attack with two other riders at 4 kilometers to go, and the group had just a few seconds advantage over the peloton as they reached the flamme rouge.
The peloton made the catch in time for the bunch sprint, which ended in a photo finish. Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Belisol) was determined to be the winner. Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsort Vlaanderen - Baloise) was 2nd, and Jonas van Genechten (Lotto-Belislol) was 3rd.
OPQS closes the 2014 road season with 64 road wins (66 total) between 19 different riders.
"It was a fast race because there were 11 riders in the breakaway," Stybar said. "The bunch was always at a high pace. At a lap to go the peloton caught the breakaway with Niki, and on the last lap I was thinking I could try something when we reached the cobblestones, as we were going full gas until that point. I went with two other guys and it was a good move, but the peloton was lined out so we had no chance. We tried, but we were caught at 500 meters to go. Now I am looking ahead to my next cyclocross race on Thursday. I am doing it for fun but to also prolong the season. I feel the shape is actually increasing, and that was the reason why I'm doing all these races. I'm happy with my road season and now I can continue to race in cyclocross a little while longer."
OPQS results (provisional)
Martin Velits 66th place
Zdenek Stybar 76th place
Gianluca Brambilla 77th place
Niki Terpstra 79th place
Serge Pauwels 85th place
Wout Poels 86th place
Iljo Keisse & Guillaume Van Keirsbulck DNF