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Quick-Step Floors (UCI team code: QST) is a Belgian UCI WorldTeam cycling team led by team manager Patrick Lefévère. The directeurs sportifs are Davide Bramati, Wilfried Peeters, Rik Van Slycke, Tom Steels, Brian Holm and Jan Schaffrath.[2]

Quick-Step Floors
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Team information
UCI codeQST
RegisteredBelgium
Founded2003 (2003)
DisciplineRoad
StatusUCI WorldTeam
BicyclesSpecialized
ComponentsShimano
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerPatrick Lefévère
Team manager(s)Brian Holm
Davide Bramati
Wilfried Peeters
Rik Van Slycke
Tom Steels
Jan Schaffrath
Team name history
2003–2004
2005
2006–2007
2008–2011
2012–2014
2015–2016
2017–2018
2019–
Quick-Step–Davitamon (QSD)
Quick-Step–Innergetic (QST)
Quick-Step–Innergetic (QSI)
Quick-Step (QST)
Omega Pharma–Quick-Step (OPQ)
Etixx–Quick-Step (EQS)
Quick-Step Floors (QST)
Deceuninck–Quick-Step[1]
Quick-Step Floors jersey
Jersey
Current season

Contents

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.[3] This was despite the team statement that "commended" Leipheimer for his "open cooperation" in the USADA investigation that exposed Lance Armstrong 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 2-year contract extension.[4] Tony Martin confirmed via his Twitter account that he had signed a 2-year contract extension.[5] On 19 August the team announced that Pieter Serry had signed a 2-year contract extension,[6] on 27 August the team announced the signing of Maxime Bouet on a 2-year deal[7] and on 1 September the team announced the signing of David de la Cruz on a 2-year contract.[8] 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.[9] In August 2015, the team signed Davide Martinelli for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.[10]

SponsorshipEdit

On the second rest day of the 2014 Tour de France the team announced a change to one of their main sponsors from 2015 onwards for 3 season. Omega Pharma will be exchanged for one of its subsidiaries, Etixx, giving a new team name: Etixx–Quick-Step.[11] Etixx is a brand of supplements and nutrition products by Omega Pharma (the previous title sponsor), while Quick-Step is a manufacturer of laminate flooring.

On the eve of the 2015 Tour of Flanders Quickstep confirmed their sponsorship of the team would be extended to the end of the 2017 season.[12] In September 2015, the team announced that supermarket chain Lidl would sponsor the team, becoming the teams "Fresh food supplier".[13]

In August 2016, the team announced a minor sponsorship agreement with Janom, for two years.[14] Later, in October of the same year Latexco announced it had signed on to sponsor the team into the 2017 season.[15] Later in the same month, Quick-Step announced they would take over as sole naming sponsor of the team, with Etixx remaining on board with respect to the team's nutrition.[16]

Team rosterEdit

As of 27 March 2018.[17][18]
Rider Date of birth
  Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) (1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 (age 26)
  Kasper Asgreen (DEN) (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 23)
  Eros Capecchi (ITA) (1986-06-13) 13 June 1986 (age 32)
  Rémi Cavagna (FRA) (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 23)
  Laurens De Plus (BEL) (1995-09-04) 4 September 1995 (age 23)
  Tim Declercq (BEL) (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 29)
  Dries Devenyns (BEL) (1983-07-22) 22 July 1983 (age 35)
  Fernando Gaviria (COL) (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 24)
  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) (1982-07-05) 5 July 1982 (age 36)
  Álvaro José Hodeg (COL) (1996-09-16) 16 September 1996 (age 22)
  Fabio Jakobsen (NED) (1996-08-31) 31 August 1996 (age 22)
  Bob Jungels (LUX) (1992-09-22) 22 September 1992 (age 26)
  Iljo Keisse (BEL) (1982-12-21) 21 December 1982 (age 35)
  James Knox (GBR) (1995-11-04) 4 November 1995 (age 23)
Rider Date of birth
  Yves Lampaert (BEL) (1991-04-10) 10 April 1991 (age 27)
  Davide Martinelli (ITA) (1993-05-31) 31 May 1993 (age 25)
  Enric Mas (ESP) (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 23)
  Michael Mørkøv (DEN) (1985-04-30) 30 April 1985 (age 33)
  Jhonatan Narváez (ECU) (1997-03-04) 4 March 1997 (age 21)
  Maximiliano Richeze (ARG) (1983-03-07) 7 March 1983 (age 35)
  Fabio Sabatini (ITA) (1985-02-18) 18 February 1985 (age 33)
  Maximilian Schachmann (GER) (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 24)
  Florian Sénéchal (FRA) (1993-07-10) 10 July 1993 (age 25)
  Pieter Serry (BEL) (1988-11-21) 21 November 1988 (age 30)
  Zdeněk Štybar (CZE) (1985-12-11) 11 December 1985 (age 33)
  Niki Terpstra (NED) (1984-05-18) 18 May 1984 (age 34)
  Petr Vakoč (CZE) (1992-07-11) 11 July 1992 (age 26)
  Elia Viviani (ITA) (1989-02-07) 7 February 1989 (age 29)

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
  Slovak Time Trial Martin Velits
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/quick-step-add-deceuninck-as-new-title-sponsor-for-2019/
  2. ^ "Staff". Etixx–Quick-Step. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Tygart: Code of silence claimed Leipheimer". Cycling Weekly. 17 October 2012.
  4. ^ Cycling News. "Two-year extension for Keisse at Omega Pharma-Quick Step". Cyclingnews.com.
  5. ^ "Tony Martin on Twitter". Twitter.
  6. ^ Sanmax Consultancy BVBA. "Home – Etixx–Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team". omegapharma-quickstep.com.
  7. ^ Daniel Benson. "Maxime Bouet signs for Omega Pharma-QuickStep". Cyclingnews.com.
  8. ^ Stephen Farrand. "Transfers: Omega Pharma–QuickStep signs David de la Cruz". Cyclingnews.com.
  9. ^ Barry Ryan. "Gaviria signs two-year deal with Etixx–QuickStep". Cyclingnews.com.
  10. ^ ProCyclingStats. "Davide Martinelli". procyclingstats.com.
  11. ^ "Omega Pharma-QuickStep to become Etixx-QuickStep from 2015". Cycling Weekly. 21 July 2014.
  12. ^ Brecht Decaluwé. "Quick-Step extends sponsorship for two years". Cyclingnews.com.
  13. ^ Cycling News. "Lidl to sponsor Etixx-QuickStep in 2016 and 2017". Cyclingnews.com.
  14. ^ "Capecchi signs for Etixx-QuickStep". cyclingnews.com.
  15. ^ Projects, Sanmax. "Latexco to continue with Etixx – Quick-Step in 2017". etixx-quickstep.com.
  16. ^ "Quick-Step Floors steps up as title sponsor of WorldTour team". cyclingnews.com.
  17. ^ "Quick-Step Floors confirms younger, 27-rider roster for 2018". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Kasper Asgreen Joins Quick-Step Floors". quickstepfloorscycling.com. Quickstep Floors Cycling Team. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.

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