Etixx–Quick-Step

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Etixx–Quick-Step
Etixx–Quick-Step logo.svg
Team information
UCI code EQS
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
Rolf Aldag
Davide Bramati
Wilfried Peeters
Rik Van Slycke
Tom Steels
Jan Schaffrath
Team name history
2003–2004
2005
2006–2007
2008–2011
2012–2014
2015–
Quick-Step–Davitamon (QSD)
Quick-Step–Innergetic (QST)
Quick-Step–Innergetic (QSI)
Quick-Step (QST)
Omega Pharma–Quick-Step (OPQ)
Etixx–Quick-Step (EQS)
Etixx–Quick-Step jersey
Jersey
Current season

Etixx–Quick-Step (UCI Team Code: EQS) 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, Rolf Aldag and Jan Schaffrath.[1] 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.

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] 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.[4] Further, 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 September 1 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] 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.[10] In August 2015, the team signed Davide Martinelli for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.[11] In September 2015, the team announced that supermarket chain Lidl would sponsor the team, becoming the teams "Fresh food supplier".[12]

Team roster[edit]

Wikidata-logo S.svg   Rider Date of birth  Previous team 
FRA Julian Alaphilippe June 11, 1992 Etixx-iHNed (2013)
BEL Tom Boonen October 15, 1980 US Postal Service (2002)
FRA Maxime Bouet November 03, 1986 AG2R La Mondiale (2014)
ITA Gianluca Brambilla August 22, 1987 Colnago-CSF Inox (2012)
COL Rodrigo Contreras June 02, 1994 Coldeportes-Claro (2015)
ESP David de la Cruz May 06, 1989 NetApp-Endura (2014)
BEL Laurens De Plus September 04, 1995 Lotto-Soudal U23 (2015)
COL Fernando Gaviria August 19, 1994 Coldeportes-Claro (2015)
LUX Bob Jungels September 22, 1992 Trek Factory Racing (2015)
BEL Iljo Keisse December 21, 1982 Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator (2009)
GER Marcel Kittel May 11, 1988 Giant-Alpecin (2015)
BEL Yves Lampaert April 10, 1991 Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise (2014)
BEL Nikolas Maes April 09, 1986 Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator (2009)
IRL Dan Martin August 20, 1986 Cannondale-Garmin (2015)
GER Tony Martin April 23, 1985 HTC-Highroad (2011)
ITA Davide Martinelli May 31, 1993 Colpack (2015)
BEL Gianni Meersman December 05, 1985 Lotto-Belisol (2012)
ARG Maximiliano Richeze March 07, 1983 Lampre-Merida (2015)
ITA Fabio Sabatini February 18, 1985 Liquigas-Doimo (2010)
BEL Pieter Serry November 21, 1988 Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator (2012)
CZE Zdeněk Štybar December 11, 1985 Telenet-Fidea (2011)
NED Niki Terpstra May 18, 1984 Milram (2010)
ITA Matteo Trentin August 02, 1989 Marchiol-Pasta Montegrappa-Orogildo (2010)
CZE Petr Vakoč July 11, 1992 Etixx-iHNed (2013)
BEL Guillaume Van Keirsbulck February 14, 1991 Beveren 2000 (2010)
BEL Stijn Vandenbergh April 25, 1984 Katusha (2011)
SVK Martin Velits February 21, 1985 HTC-Highroad (2011)
BEL Julien Vermote July 26, 1989 Beveren 2000 (2010)
ESP Carlos Verona November 04, 1992 Burgos BH-Castilla y León (2012)
POL Łukasz Wiśniowski December 07, 1991 Etixx (2014)

Major results[edit]

National and world championships[edit]

2003
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial Michael Rogers
MaillotItalia.svg Italian Road Race Paolo Bettini
MaillotHungary.png Hungarian Time Trial Laszlo Bodrogi
2004
MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial Michael Rogers
MaillotHungary.png Hungarian Time Trial Laszlo 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 Slovakian 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 Slovakian 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 Slovakian Time Trial Peter Velits
MaillotItalia.svg Italian Time Trial Dario Cataldo
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Time Trial Kristof Vandewalle
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 Slovakian 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 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

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. ^ "Omega Pharma-QuickStep to become Etixx-QuickStep from 2015". Cycling Weekly. 21 July 2014. 
  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. ^ Brecht Decaluwé. "Quick-Step extends sponsorship for two years". Cyclingnews.com. 
  11. ^ ProCyclingStats. "Davide Martinelli". 
  12. ^ Cycling News. "Lidl to sponsor Etixx-QuickStep in 2016 and 2017". Cyclingnews.com. 

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