Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in the 53.2km UCI World TTT Championship on Sunday.
Tom Boonen, Tony Martin, Niki Terpstra, Kristof Vandewalle, Peter Velits and Sylvain Chavanel will participate in the TTT. The course features the Lange Raarberg and also the Bergesweg in Voerendaal. The finish also closely follows the Cauberg.
"This is the first time we had a race like this," OPQS Sports Director Wilfried Peeters said of the TTT World Championships. "The riders are motivated. We did some specific training but it will be important that on Friday and Saturday, we will do more training on the parcour to tune up all of the duties and responsibilities of each rider — the perfect line, who takes the corners, who makes the final effort, things like that. It's a very dynamic parcour with some tricky roundabouts, but also with some climbs. The Cauberg for the final will be really difficult. The team is good. The riders that are part of the team are really good and prepared for this race. In general I have a good feeling, and we are quite confident for the race. We have the ITT World Champion and German Champion in Tony Martin, a strong rider like Niki Terpstra, Tom Boonen who proved he is in very good condition at the moment and three other ITT national champions in Vandewalle, Peter Velits and Sylvain Chavanel. Those three are in good condition and ready to fight for a solid result. Our goal is to get a spot on the podium."
Rider Media Availability
OPQS riders selected to participate in the Worlds TTT will be available Friday afternoon, on the 14th, between 2:30 and 3 p.m. Journalists are kindly asked to contact OPQS Press Officer Alessandro Tegner to organize individual meeting.