Deceuninck–Quick-Step

Deceuninck–Quick-Step (UCI team code: DQT) is a Belgian UCI WorldTeam cycling team led by team manager Patrick Lefevere. The directeurs sportifs are Davide Bramati, Brian Holm, Klaas Lodewyck, Wilfried Peeters, Tom Steels, Geert Van Bondt and Rik Van Slycke.[2]

Deceuninck–Quick-Step
Deceuninck–Quick-Step cycling team logo.svg
Team information
UCI codeDQT
RegisteredBelgium
Founded2003 (2003)
Discipline(s)Road
StatusUCI WorldTeam
BicyclesSpecialized
ComponentsShimano
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerPatrick Lefevere
Team manager(s)Davide Bramati
Brian Holm
Klaas Lodewyck
Wilfried Peeters
Tom Steels
Geert Van Bondt
Rik Van Slycke
Team name history
2003–2004
2005–2007
2008–2011
2012–2014
2015–2016
2017–2018
2019–2021
Quick-Step–Davitamon (QSD)
Quick-Step–Innergetic (QSI)
Quick-Step (QST)
Omega Pharma–Quick-Step (OPQ)
Etixx–Quick-Step (EQS)
Quick-Step Floors (QST)
Deceuninck–Quick-Step (DQT)[1]
Current season

The team is nicknamed 'The Wolfpack' and has used the term in its branding since 2017.[3]

HistoryEdit

The team was created as Quick-Step–Davitamon in 2003 from staff and riders of Domo-Farm Frites and Mapei–Quick-Step when the latter disbanded after nine years in the sport. Paolo Bettini won the UCI Road World Cup in 2003 and 2004 as well as the 2004 Summer Olympics road title in 2004. In the 2005 UCI ProTour season, renamed Quick-Step–Innergetic, the team won a large number of classics: Tom Boonen won Tour of Flanders and Paris–Roubaix, Filippo Pozzato the HEW Cyclassics, and Paolo Bettini the Züri-Metzgete and the Giro di Lombardia. In late 2005 Tom Boonen won the 2005 UCI Road World Championships in Madrid, where Michael Rogers won the time-trial.

In 2006 Boonen retained the Tour of Flanders and held the yellow jersey in the 2006 Tour de France during stage 3–6, and Filippo Pozzato won 2006 Milan – San Remo. Paolo Bettini won the world championship in Salzburg and retained his Giro di Lombardia crown. In 2007 Tom Boonen won the points classification in the Tour de France, taking two stage wins. Bettini defended his world championship in Stuttgart. In 2008 Gert Steegmans took the final stage of the 2008 Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées. Paolo Bettini retired after the world championship in Varese. In both 2008 and 2009 Stijn Devolder took the Tour of Flanders and Tom Boonen, Paris–Roubaix. After two seasons of disappointment, a resurgent Omega Pharma–Quick-Step and Tom Boonen took four major Spring classics victories, including the four cobblestone courses E3 Harelbeke, Gent–Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders, Paris–Roubaix.

In October 2012, the team fired their veteran rider Levi Leipheimer after he admitted to doping in a sworn affidavit to USADA.[4] This was despite the team statement that "commended" Leipheimer for his "open cooperation" in the USADA investigation that exposed Lance Armstrong's long-term cheating in cycling via doping. The team's action was described by USADA head Travis Tygart as "The classic Omertà move, right? Actions speak louder than words. On the one hand, they say they congratulate him on coming forward, [but] their action terminating him for being truthful speaks a lot louder than their words." CyclingNews reported in the same article that the team's claim to have only recently learned of Leipheimer's past doping was according to Tygart "absolutely not true… Leipheimer and a USADA attorney told the team months ago of the investigation, and of Leipheimer’s role". Cyclingnews noted that Omega Pharma general manager Patrick Lefevere "had admitted in 2007 to having used doping products, including amphetamines, during his own career". Lefevere is still CEO of Etixx as of September 2015.

On 17 July 2014, the team announced that Iljo Keisse had been given a two-year contract extension.[5] Tony Martin confirmed via his Twitter account that he had signed a two-year contract extension.[6] On 19 August the team announced that Pieter Serry had signed a two-year contract extension,[7] on 27 August the team announced the signing of Maxime Bouet on a two-year deal[8] and on 1 September the team announced the signing of David de la Cruz on a two-year contract.[9] In 2014 Michał Kwiatkowski won a rainbow jersey in 2014 UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race in Ponferrada, Spain.

In February 2015, the team announced it had signed 2015 UCI World Omnium champion, Fernando Gaviria, and fellow Colombian, Rodrigo Contreras, on two-year deals set to commence at the start of the 2016 season.[10] In August 2015, the team signed Davide Martinelli for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.[11]

As of April 2021, the team has won more than 800 races, making it one of the most successful squads in history.[12] [13]

Sponsorship and ownershipEdit

The team is operated by the company Decolef Lux,[14] based in Luxembourg[15] with branches in France[16] and Belgium.[17] A majority shareholder of the company is a Czech businessman Zdeněk Bakala.[18][19] Title sponsors throughout its history have been Quick-Step Flooring, a division of Mohawk Industries, who had previously been co-sponsors of the Mapei team from 1999 to 2003.[20]

Belgian pharmaceutical company Omega Pharma had two spells as title co-sponsors (2003–07 and 2012–16), using either the company name or one of its products. Either side of its first involvement with this team, Omega were sponsors of their Belgian rivals

Deceuninck, a manufacturer of PVC-systems windows, became the primary sponsors from 2019, with Quick-Step Floors remaining as secondary sponsor.[21] At the Tour of Flanders in 2020 and 2021, the team carried the name of a Deceuninck product line, Elegant, rather than that of the company.[22][23] Deceuninck will end their sponsorship of the team following the 2021 season, while Quick-Step Floors extended their sponsorship until 2027.[24]

Team rosterEdit

As of 1 January 2021.[25]
Rider Date of birth
  Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) (1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 (age 29)
  João Almeida (POR) (1998-08-05) 5 August 1998 (age 23)
  Shane Archbold (NZL) (1989-02-02) 2 February 1989 (age 32)
  Kasper Asgreen (DEN) (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 26)
  Andrea Bagioli (ITA) (1999-03-23) 23 March 1999 (age 22)
  Davide Ballerini (ITA) (1994-09-21) 21 September 1994 (age 27)
  Sam Bennett (IRL) (1990-10-16) 16 October 1990 (age 30)
  Mattia Cattaneo (ITA) (1990-10-25) 25 October 1990 (age 30)
  Rémi Cavagna (FRA) (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 26)
  Mark Cavendish (GBR) (1985-05-21) 21 May 1985 (age 36)
  Josef Černý (CZE) (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 28)
  Tim Declercq (BEL) (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 32)
  Dries Devenyns (BEL) (1983-07-22) 22 July 1983 (age 38)
  Remco Evenepoel (BEL) (2000-01-25) 25 January 2000 (age 21)
  Mikkel Frølich Honoré (DEN) (1997-01-21) 21 January 1997 (age 24)
Rider Date of birth
  Ian Garrison (USA) (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 (age 23)
  Álvaro Hodeg (COL) (1996-09-16) 16 September 1996 (age 25)
  Fabio Jakobsen (NED) (1996-08-31) 31 August 1996 (age 25)
  Iljo Keisse (BEL) (1982-12-21) 21 December 1982 (age 38)
  James Knox (GBR) (1995-11-04) 4 November 1995 (age 25)
  Yves Lampaert (BEL) (1991-04-10) 10 April 1991 (age 30)
  Fausto Masnada (ITA) (1993-11-06) 6 November 1993 (age 27)
  Michael Mørkøv (DEN) (1985-04-30) 30 April 1985 (age 36)
  Florian Sénéchal (FRA) (1993-07-10) 10 July 1993 (age 28)
  Pieter Serry (BEL) (1988-11-21) 21 November 1988 (age 32)
  Stijn Steels (BEL) (1989-08-21) 21 August 1989 (age 32)
  Jannik Steimle (GER) (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 25)
  Zdeněk Štybar (CZE) (1985-12-11) 11 December 1985 (age 35)
  Bert Van Lerberghe (BEL) (1992-09-29) 29 September 1992 (age 28)
  Mauri Vansevenant (BEL) (1999-06-01) 1 June 1999 (age 22)

Major winsEdit

National and world championsEdit

2003
  World Time Trial Michael Rogers
  Italian Road Race Paolo Bettini
  Hungarian Time Trial László Bodrogi
2004
  World Time Trial Michael Rogers
  Hungarian Time Trial László Bodrogi
2005
  World Road Race Tom Boonen
  World Time Trial Michael Rogers
2006
  World Road Race Paolo Bettini
  Italian Road Race Paolo Bettini
2007
  World Road Race Paolo Bettini
  Italian Road Race Giovanni Visconti
2008
  Belgian Time Trial Stijn Devolder
2009
  Belarus Time Trial Branislau Samoilau
  Belgian Road Race Tom Boonen
  Slovak Road Race Martin Velits
2010
  Belgian Road Race Stijn Devolder
  Belgian Time Trial Stijn Devolder
  Belarus Time Trial Branislau Samoilau
2011
  French Road Race Sylvain Chavanel
  Curaçao Road Race Marc de Maar
  Curaçao Time Trial Marc de Maar
2012
  Czech Cyclocross Zdeněk Štybar
  Belgian Road Race Tom Boonen
  Irish Road Race Matt Brammeier
  Netherlands Road Race Niki Terpstra
  Polish Road Race Michał Gołaś
  French Time Trial Sylvain Chavanel
  German Time Trial Tony Martin
  Slovak Time Trial Peter Velits
  Italian Time Trial Dario Cataldo
  Belgian Time Trial Kristof Vandewalle
  World Team Time Trial
  World Time Trial Tony Martin
2013
  Czech Cyclocross Zdeněk Štybar
  French Time Trial Sylvain Chavanel
  German Time Trial Tony Martin
  Slovak Time Trial Peter Velits
  Polish Road Race Michał Kwiatkowski
  British Road Race Mark Cavendish
  Belgian Time Trial Kristof Vandewalle
  World Team Time Trial
  World Time Trial Tony Martin
2014
  World Cyclocross Zdeněk Štybar
  Polish Time Trial Michał Kwiatkowski
  German Time Trial Tony Martin
  Czech Road Race Zdeněk Štybar
  World Road Race Michał Kwiatkowski
2015
  Colombian Time Trial Rigoberto Urán
  German Time Trial Tony Martin
  Czech Road Race Petr Vakoč
  Netherlands Road Race Niki Terpstra
2016
  World Track (Omnium) Fernando Gaviria
  German Time Trial Tony Martin
  Luxembourg Time Trial Bob Jungels
  Luxembourg Road Race Bob Jungels
  World Team Time Trial
  World Time Trial Tony Martin
2017
  New Zealand Time Trial Jack Bauer
  Belgian Time Trial Yves Lampaert
  Czech Road Race Zdeněk Štybar
  Luxembourg Road Race Bob Jungels
2018
  Belgian Road Race Yves Lampaert
  Luxembourg Time Trial Bob Jungels
  Italian Road Race Elia Viviani
  Danish Road Race Michael Mørkøv
  Luxembourg Road Race Bob Jungels
  World Team Time Trial
2019
  Argentine Road Race Maximiliano Richeze
  Danish Time Trial Kasper Asgreen
  Luxembourg Time Trial Bob Jungels
  Luxembourg Road Race Bob Jungels
  Danish Road Race Michael Mørkøv
  European Time Trial Remco Evenepoel
  European Road Race Elia Viviani
  European Track Championships (Madison) Michael Mørkøv
2020
  New Zealand Road Race Shane Archbold
  Luxembourg Time Trial Bob Jungels
  French Time Trial Rémi Cavagna
  Danish Road Race Kasper Asgreen
  World Road Race Julian Alaphilippe
  Danish Time Trial Kasper Asgreen
2021
  Belgian Time Trial Yves Lampaert
  Danish Time Trial Kasper Asgreen
  Czech Republic Time Trial, Josef Černý
  Portuguese Time Trial João Almeida
  French Road Race Rémi Cavagna

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