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Management
BRAMATI Davide
(Ass. Sports Director)
HOLM Brian
(Ass. Sports Director)
PEETERS Wilfried
(Ass. Sports Director)
SCHAFFRATH Jan
(Ass. Sports Director)
VAN SLYCKE Rik
(Ass. Sports Director)
STEELS Tom
(Ass. Sports Director)
OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP (OPQ) - BEL

The former QuickStep team has not just gained a new title sponsor in 2011. Whilst retaining their traditionally superb line-up for the cobbled Classics, headlined by team stalwart Tom Boonen, in 2012 Omega Pharma - QuickStep have added a new dimension to the team with stage race specialists and expert time triallists Tony Martin, Peter Velits and Levi Leipheimer.

Former World Champion Boonen, meanwhile, will take be aiming to add a third Tour of Flanders or fourth Paris-Roubaix to his already impressive palmares. Despite 2011 being a ‘low-key’ season for him, the Belgian star nonetheless took a classic as important as Ghent-Wevelgem for a second time. This year he will be back in the fray again, with France’s Sylvain Chavanel once more a valued second option in the Classics. And as he proved last year, when he was a first-week leader of the Vuelta a España, Chavanel is never far from the action at the major Tours, too.

The biggest change for the seasoned Belgian squad is the arrival of reigning World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin. A winner of Paris-Nice and the Tour of Beijing, as well as stages in the Tour, Criterium du Dauphiné and Vuelta in 2011, Martin’s main summer target will be the time trial of the Olympic Games, as well as seeking to progress further up the classification of the Tour de France.
Should the 27-year-old be seeking advice, he could do worse than talk to new teammate Levi Leipheimer. More than ten years Martin’s senior and three times a top three finisher in a major Tour, Leipheimer’s victory in the Tour de Suisse last June proved that the man from Montana is a long way from hanging up his wheels just yet.

Other interesting additions to the Omega Pharma-QuickStep stable include the Velits twins. Third in the 2010 Vuelta, Peter Velits had a disappointing 2011 Tour de France, his big goal last year, so will be gunning to prove his worth there, whilst Martin will add valuable firepower to the team’s Classics line-ups.

“The aim is to win more races than last year, and get some early victories in to ease the pressure,” said team boss Patrick Lefevere in January. With 14 road wins by early March - five more than in 2011- both objectives have been achieved. But Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s rivals would be very unwise to think the Belgian squad will be easing back for the rest of the year as a result.
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Riders
BANDIERA Marco ITA 12.06.1984
BOONEN Tom BEL 15.10.1980
BRAMMEIER Matt IRL 07.06.1985
CATALDO Dario ITA 17.03.1985
CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA 30.06.1979
CHICCHI Francesco ITA 27.11.1980
CIOLEK Gerald GER 19.09.1986
DE WEERT Kevin BEL 27.05.1982
DEVENYNS Dries BEL 22.07.1983
GOLAS Michal POL 29.04.1984
GRABSCH Bert GER 19.06.1975
KEISSE Iljo BEL 21.12.1982
LEIPHEIMER Levi USA 24.10.1973
MAES Nikolas BEL 09.04.1986
MARTIN Tony GER 23.04.1985
PAUWELS Serge BEL 21.11.1983
PINEAU Jérôme FRA 02.01.1980
RABON Frantisek CZE 26.09.1983
STEEGMANS Gert BEL 30.09.1980
STYBAR Zdenek CZE 11.12.1985
TERPSTRA Niki NED 18.05.1984
VANDENBERGH Stijn BEL 25.04.1984
VANDEWALLE Kristof BEL 05.04.1985
VELITS Martin SVK 21.02.1985
VELITS Peter SVK 21.02.1985
Neo
FENN Andrew GBR 01.07.1990
KWIATKOWSKI Michal POL 02.06.1990
TRENTIN Matteo ITA 02.08.1989
VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume BEL 14.02.1991
VERMOTE Julien BEL 26.07.1989
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