OPQS

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team is a World Tour cycling team made up of 30 athletes of 12 different nationalities. Their central headquarters is in Wevelgem, Belgium, a city that’s symbolic to Flemish cycling. Mr. Zdenek Bakala, took over the team at the end of 2010. The team is managed by a Board of 7 members. Patrick Lefevere, one of the most victorious managers in the history of cycling, is in charge of Sports Management.

In 2013 the team captured no less than 63 victories in official UCI calendar events, another season record. Among their major successes some highlights include the 5 stages captured at the Giro d’Italia by Mark Cavendish and the consequent jersey for the leader in the points classification, the  4 successes obtained at the Tour de France with Cavendish again (2), Tony Martin and Matteo Trentin, and victory at the Eneco Tour by Zdenek Stybar, a rising star on the international cycling scene. Stybar also clinched a victory in the Vuelta a España which meant that team OPQS could boast at least one stage in all three of the Grand Tours. The team also closed out the season by reconfirming itself as TTT World Champion in Firenze (Florence, Italy).

In 2014 the team has been further reinforced with the arrival of extremely valuable athletes, featuring headliners like Colombian Rigoberto Uran, second in the last Giro d’Italia and winner of an awesome uphill stage.

OPQS.. More than a team

Investment in young riders, research and innovation. These are the principles that inspire Mr. Bakala’s investment in cycling. 2013 was a key year in the development of this project, thanks to the growth of the Etixx-IHned Continental team and the opening of Bakala Academy. In its first year, Team Etixx-IHned took 18 victories. But more importantly, the project allowed two riders, Alaphilippe and Vakoc, to move on to OPQS for the 2014 season. Team Etixx (the official name in 2014) is guided by the same principles as OPQS. It is a true farm team in which young talents can grow step by step and possibly reach the WorldTour level, gaining critical experience and a deep sporting culture education, assisted by a staff that is always in contact with the OPQS staff.

In addition to the Continental team, there are two OPQS youth teams, the EFC-Omega Pharma Quick Step Under-23 team and the Avia junior team. Thanks to these two teams, OPQS Cycling Team has a complete supply chain from the youth categories to the World Tour, complemented by careful scouting activities. The most important new development of the year was without a doubt the establishment of Bakala Academy, which officially opened for business last October. Located on the prestigious campus of Leuven University in Belgium, the academy was established with the objective of creating a center of excellence to promote innovation and education in cycling and sports in general, as well as contributing to the development of sports within an international, cultural and economic context.

OPQS.. More than a team

The heritage

The roots for the OPQS Cycling Team heritage took hold in the team’s debut year during the 2003 season, under the name Quick Step-Davitamon.
From 2003 to 2010 the team captured more than 280 victories and 16 Great Classics. Paolo Bettini also gave the team 2 World Cup Titles (2003-2004) and an Olympic Title (Athen 2004).
They hold three Road World Championship with Boonen in 2005 and Bettini in 2006 and 2007. Michale Rogers won for three time the TT World Championship (2003-2005).
The squad has also captured 30 stages in the major Tours: 16 at Tour de France, 5 at Giro d'Italia, 9 at Vuelta.
Virenque wore the polka dot jersey twice in the Tour de France and has become the holder of the highest number of polka dot jerseys for that race, with 7 victories.
Add to this the points’ jersey won at the Giro d’Italia by Paolo Bettini in 2005 and 2006 and the green jersey as leader for the points’ classification captured by Tom Boonen in the 2007 Tour de France.
These important numbers have made the team one of the most recognized and established formations in the world and a leading team in the classics thanks to the talents of Tom Boonen and Paolo Bettini, the two athletes who have made lasting impressions in the team’s history.

2013

Name: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
Victories: 63
Highlights

  • Giro d`Italia: 5 stage wins
  • Tour de France: 4 stage wins
  • Vuelta a España: 1 stage win
  • 2 National Road Championships
  • 4 National ITT Championships
  • World Championships ITT: Tony Martin
  • World Championships TTT: OPQS Team
2012

Name: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
Victories: 60
Highlights

  • Gent-Wevelgem: Tom Boonen
  • Ronde van Vlaanderen: Tom Boonen
  • Paris-Roubaix: Tom Boonen
  • 4 National Road Championships
  • 5 National ITT Championships
  • World Championships ITT: Tony Martin
  • World Championships TTT: OPQS Team
2010

Name: Team Quick-Step
Victories: 17
Highlights

  • Giro d`Italia, stage 3: Wouter Weylandt
  • Giro d`Italia, stage 5: Jerome Pineau
  • Tour de France, stage 2: Sylvain Chavanel
  • Tour de France, stage 7: Sylvain Chavanel
  • Vuelta a España, stage 15: Carlos Barredo
  • Tirreno-Adriatico, stage 2: Tom Boonen
  • Tour of Belgium: Stijn Devolder
  • Belgium Championship Road: Stijn Devolder
2008

Name: Team Quick-Step
Victories: 45
Highlights

  • Ronde van Vlaanderen: Stijn Devolder
  • Paris-Roubaix: Tom Boonen
  • Tour de France, stage 21: Gert Steegmans
  • Vuelta a España, stage 3: Tom Boonen
  • Vuelta a España, stage 6: Paolo Bettini
  • Vuelta a España, stage 12: Paolo Bettini
  • Vuelta a España, stage 16: Tom Boonen
  • Vuelta a España, stage 17: Wouter Weylandt
2006

Name: Quick-Step – Innergetic
Victories: 45
Highlights

  • Milano-Sanremo Filippo Pozzato
  • Ronde van Vlaanderen: Tom Boonen
  • World Championships Road: Paolo Bettini
  • Giro di Lombardia: Paolo Bettini
  • Giro d`Italia, stage 15: Paolo Bettini
  • Tour de France, stage 18: Matteo Tosatto
  • Vuelta a España, stage 2: Paolo Bettini
2004

Name: Quick-Step – Davitamon
Victories: 46
Highlights

  • Tirreno-Adriatico: Paolo Bettini
  • Gent-Wevelgem: Tom Boonen
  • Tour de France, stage 6: Tom Boonen
  • Tour de France, stage 10: Richard Virenque
  • Tour de France, stage 18: Juan Miguel Mercado
  • Tour de France, stage 20: Tom Boonen
  • Olympic Road Race: Paolo Bettini
  • World Championships ITT: Michael Rogers
A new era

In October 2010 the Team was acquired by the Czech Businessman Mr. Zdenek Bakala.

With 2011 busy with restructuring and preparing the team and the behind-the-scenes operations, 2012 proved to be an extraordinary year. Our team achieved great results, even bettering the goals we had set, to become a dominant force in the northern classics and, thanks to the support of our technical partners, emerging as one of the world’s best teams in time trials. Our victory in the TTT at the World Championships was the high-point of the 2012 season.
2013 was another extraordinary year for our team. With 63 victories, OPQS was the winningest team of the year, despite the misfortune that robbed us of Tom Boonen for most of the season. The addition of Mark Cavendish generated 20 victories and increased our impact, especially in the Grand Tours, together with the consistency of Tony Martin in the time trials. The wins by young riders such as Matteo Trentin and the explosion of Zdenek Stybar also repaid our work in scouting and developing talent. The crowning achievement of the 2013 season was our second consecutive victory in the world championship team time trial, an incredible example of teamwork that combined the strength and skill of the riders with the professionalism of the larger team at all levels—management, staff, technology partners—demonstrating once again that a team is greater than the sum of its individual members.

That achievement represents a mixture of talent, sports-applied technology, commitment, willpower, excellence and teamwork on the part of everyone, athletes and staff. The elements and values that distinguished this victory are the same principles that guide the activities of our team every day.

The team’s heritage is a point of departure—the incentive to continue writing legendary pages across all types of racing terrain. We know where we come from, but also where we want to go.Treasure the past and build upon it to create a brighter future together: this is the challenge for the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team.

2011

Name: Quick-Step Cycling Team
Victories: 8
Highlights

  • Tour of Qatar, stage 1: Tom Boonen
  • Gent-Wevelgem: Tom Boonen
  • French Championship Road: Sylvain Chavanel
2009

Name: Team Quick-Step
Victories: 24
Highlights

  • Tour Down Under: Allan Davis
  • Tour of Qatar: Tom Boonen
  • Ronde van Vlaanderen: Stijn Devolder
  • Paris-Roubaix: Tom Boonen
  • Belgium Championship Road: Tom Boonen
  • Clasica San Sebastian: Carlos Barredo
  • Dwars door Vlaanderen: Kevin van Impe
  • White jersey Giro d`Italia: Kevin Seeldraeyers
  • (Best young rider)
2007

Name: Quick-Step – Innergetic
Victories: 38
Highlights

  • Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne: Tom Boonen
  • World-Championships Road: Paolo Bettini
  • Tour de France, stage 2: Gert Steegmans
  • Tour de France, stage 6: Tom Boonen
  • Tour de France, stage 10: Cedric Vasseur
  • Tour de France, stage 12: Tom Boonen
  • Tour de France, Green Jersey: Tom Boonen
  • Vuelta a España, stage 3: Paolo Bettini
2005

Name: Quick-Step – Innergetic
Victories: 37
Hightlights

  • Omloop het Volk: Nick Nuyens
  • Ronde van Vlaanderen: Tom Boonen
  • Parijs-Roubaix: Tom Boonen
  • World Championships Road: Tom Boonen
  • Word Championships ITT: Michael Rogers
  • Giro di Lombardia: Paolo Bettini
  • Züri Metzgete: Paolo Bettini
  • Tour de France, stage 2: Tom Boonen
  • Tour de France, stage 3: Tom Boonen
  • Giro d`Italia, stage 1: Paolo Bettini
  • Vuelta a España, stage 16: Paolo Bettini
2003

Name: Quick-Step – Davitamon
Overwinningen: 24
Highlights

  • Omloop het Volk: Johan Museeuw
  • Tour de France, stage 7: Richard Virenque
  • Tour de France, stage 17: Servais Knaven
  • Milano-Sanremo: Paolo Bettini
  • Clasica San Sebastian: Paolo Bettini
  • World Championships ITT: Michael Rogers
  • HEW Cyclassics Hamburg: Paolo Bettini