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Quick-Step Floors
Quick-Step Floors logo.png
Team information
UCI code QST
Registered Belgium
Founded 2003 (2003)
Discipline Road
Status UCI WorldTeam
Bicycles Specialized
Components Shimano
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Patrick 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–
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)
Quick-Step Floors jersey
Jersey
Current season

Quick-Step Floors (UCI Team Code: QST) is a Belgian UCI World Tour 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.[1]

History[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] Tony Martin confirmed via his Twitter account that he had signed a 2-year contract extension.[4] On 19 August the team announced that Pieter Serry had signed a 2-year contract extension,[5] on 27 August the team announced the signing of Maxime Bouet on a 2-year deal[6] and on September 1 the team announced the signing of David de la Cruz on a 2-year contract.[7] 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.[8] In August 2015, the team signed Davide Martinelli for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.[9]

Sponsorship[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11] In September 2015, the team announced that supermarket chain Lidl would sponsor the team, becoming the teams "Fresh food supplier".[12]

In August 2016, the team announced a minor sponsorship agreement with Janom, for two years.[13] Later, in October of the same year Latexco announced it had signed on to sponsor the team into the 2017 season.[14] 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.[15]

Team roster[edit]

Rider Date of birth
 Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) (1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 (age 25)
 Jack Bauer (NZL) (1985-04-07) 7 April 1985 (age 32)
 Tom Boonen (BEL) (1980-10-15) 15 October 1980 (age 36)
 Gianluca Brambilla (ITA) (1987-08-22) 22 August 1987 (age 30)
 Eros Capecchi (ITA) (1986-06-13) 13 June 1986 (age 31)
 Rémi Cavagna (FRA) (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 22)
 David de la Cruz (ESP) (1989-05-06) 6 May 1989 (age 28)
 Laurens De Plus (BEL) (1995-09-04) 4 September 1995 (age 22)
 Tim Declercq (BEL) (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 28)
 Dries Devenyns (BEL) (1983-07-22) 22 July 1983 (age 34)
 Fernando Gaviria (COL) (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 23)
 Philippe Gilbert (BEL) (1982-07-05) 5 July 1982 (age 35)
 Bob Jungels (LUX) (1992-09-22) 22 September 1992 (age 24)
 Iljo Keisse (BEL) (1982-12-21) 21 December 1982 (age 34)
 Marcel Kittel (GER) (1988-05-11) 11 May 1988 (age 29)
Rider Date of birth
 Yves Lampaert (BEL) (1991-04-10) 10 April 1991 (age 26)
 Dan Martin (IRL) (1986-08-20) 20 August 1986 (age 31)
 Davide Martinelli (ITA) (1993-05-31) 31 May 1993 (age 24)
 Enric Mas (ESP) (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 22)
 Maximiliano Richeze (ARG) (1983-03-07) 7 March 1983 (age 34)
 Fabio Sabatini (ITA) (1985-02-10) 10 February 1985 (age 32)
 Maximilian Schachmann (GER) (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 23)
 Pieter Serry (BEL) (1988-11-21) 21 November 1988 (age 28)
 Zdeněk Štybar (CZE) (1985-12-11) 11 December 1985 (age 31)
 Niki Terpstra (NED) (1984-05-18) 18 May 1984 (age 33)
 Matteo Trentin (ITA) (1989-08-02) 2 August 1989 (age 28)
 Petr Vakoč (CZE) (1992-07-11) 11 July 1992 (age 25)
 Martin Velits (SVK) (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 32)
 Julien Vermote (BEL) (1989-07-26) 26 July 1989 (age 28)

Major results[edit]

National and world champions[edit]

2003
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial Michael Rogers
MaillotItalia.svg Italian Road Race Paolo Bettini
MaillotHungary.png Hungarian Time Trial László Bodrogi
2004
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial Michael Rogers
MaillotHungary.png Hungarian Time Trial László Bodrogi
2005
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race Tom Boonen
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial Michael Rogers
2006
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race Paolo Bettini
MaillotItalia.svg Italian Road Race Paolo Bettini
2007
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race Paolo Bettini
MaillotItalia.svg Italian Road Race Giovanni Visconti
2008
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Time Trial Stijn Devolder
2009
MaillotBielorrusia.PNG Belarus Time Trial Branislau Samoilau
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Road Race Tom Boonen
MaillotSlovakia.gif Slovak Road Race Martin Velits
2010
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Road Race Stijn Devolder
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Time Trial Stijn Devolder
MaillotBielorrusia.PNG Belarus Time Trial Branislau Samoilau
MaillotSlovakia.gif Slovak Time Trial Martin Velits
2011
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Sylvain Chavanel
MaillotCuracao.png Curaçao Road Race Marc de Maar
MaillotCuracao.png Curaçao Time Trial Marc de Maar
2012
MaillotRepúblicaCheca.PNG Czech Cyclocross Zdeněk Štybar
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Road Race Tom Boonen
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Irish Road Race Matt Brammeier
MaillotHolanda.PNG Netherlands Road Race Niki Terpstra
MaillotPolonia.PNG Polish Road Race Michał Gołaś
MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial Sylvain Chavanel
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Time Trial Tony Martin
MaillotSlovakia.gif Slovak Time Trial Peter Velits
MaillotItalia.svg Italian Time Trial Dario Cataldo
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Time Trial Kristof Vandewalle
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Team Time Trial
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial Tony Martin
2013
MaillotRepúblicaCheca.PNG Czech Cyclocross Zdeněk Štybar
MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial Sylvain Chavanel
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Time Trial Tony Martin
MaillotSlovakia.gif Slovak Time Trial Peter Velits
MaillotPolonia.PNG Polish Road Race Michał Kwiatkowski
MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British Road Race Mark Cavendish
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Time Trial Kristof Vandewalle
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Team Time Trial
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial Tony Martin
2014
Jersey rainbow.svg World Cyclocross Zdeněk Štybar
MaillotPolonia.PNG Polish Time Trial Michał Kwiatkowski
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Time Trial Tony Martin
MaillotRepúblicaCheca.PNG Czech Road Race Zdeněk Štybar
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race Michał Kwiatkowski
2015
MaillotColombia.PNG Colombian Time Trial Rigoberto Urán
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Time Trial Tony Martin
MaillotRepúblicaCheca.PNG Czech Road Race Petr Vakoč
MaillotHolanda.PNG Netherlands Road Race Niki Terpstra
2016
Jersey rainbow.svg World Track (Omnium) Fernando Gaviria
MaillotAlemania.PNG German Time Trial Tony Martin
MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG Luxembourg Time Trial Bob Jungels
MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG Luxembourg Road Race Bob Jungels
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Team Time Trial
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial Tony Martin
2017
MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG New Zealand Time Trial Jack Bauer
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Time Trial Yves Lampaert
MaillotRepúblicaCheca.PNG Czech Road Race Zdeněk Štybar
MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG Luxembourg Road Race Bob Jungels

References[edit]

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

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