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.