Tom Boonen Has Sights On A Paris-Roubaix Return

Brussels, March 31, 2015 (AFP) - Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen, injured in a fall at the Paris-Nice race, has returned to training in the slim hope of competing in the Paris-Roubaix classic next month. Marc Coucke, the leading sponsor of Boonen's Etixx-Quick Step team, said the 34-year-old Belgian had a very slim chance of competing in the race on April 12. "Tom Boonen is training … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Out Of Classics With A Radius Fracture

Confirmed Grade 3 AC-Joint Dislocation, Also Radial Head Fracture 10-Mar-2015: Tom Boonen underwent further examinations at the clinic of Herentals this morning, performed by Doctor Joris Van Roy and Doctor Toon Claes. The examinations confirmed a grade 3 AC-Joint dislocation. During the night Boonen also had pain in his left elbow. The examination this morning revealed a compound fracture to … [Read more...]

Etixx – Quick-Step Rider Tom Boonen Out Of Northern Classics

09-Mar-2015: Tom Boonen, who suffered a crash at the back of the peloton at Paris-Nice Stage 1 on Monday, was diagnosed with a left acromioclavicular (AC) joint dislocation after examinations were performed immediately at Centre Hospitalier in Blois. Boonen will have to respect a period of recovery for a minimum of three to six weeks. "An AC-joint dislocation, as we've already seen with other … [Read more...]

World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski Take Paris-Nice Prologue

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Maurepas, France, March 8, 2015 (AFP) - World champion Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland won the prologue of the Paris-Nice race, a 6.7 kilometre time trial in Maurepas, south-west of Paris, on Sunday. Riding in his first Paris-Nice, the so-called "race to the sun", Kwiatkowski timed 7min 40sec, to finish ahead of world hour record holder Rohan Dennis of Australia, who was credited with the … [Read more...]

Cavendish Makes His Mark, Wins Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

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Two KBK Victories for Cav in Two Participations, 2nd Straight Team KBK Win 01-Mar-2015: Etixx - Quick-Step rider Mark Cavendish used a little bit of improvisation in the hectic finale of 193km Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday, and finished the job of his hard working teammates with a victory to close out the Spring Classics opening weekend. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was 2nd, and Elia Viviani … [Read more...]

Niki Terpstra Defends His Tour of Qatar Title In 2015

Doha, Feb 13, 2015 (AFP) - Dutch rider Niki Terpstra claimed his second straight Tour of Qatar title on Friday after the sixth and final stage which was won by Ireland's Sam Bennett. Etixx rider Terpstra, who had been leading since winning the third stage time-trial, finished 6sec ahead of Poland's Maciej Bodnar with Norway's Alexander Kristoff, winner of three stages, third at 9sec. … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Double Dubai Win After Phenomenal Leadout

Etixx - Quick-Step Cycling Team and Mark Cavendish performed perfectly in the final stage in the Dubai Tour. There was a double reward waiting at the finish line after great teamwork and an outstanding leadout. At the start of 128km Stage 4, Mark Cavendish was 4 seconds behind the leader of the GC, John Degenkolb (Giant Alpecin) thanks to a pack finish on a steep Hatta Dam finale in Stage 3. … [Read more...]

Dubai Tour Stage 1 Ends With Mark Cavendish In Lead

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Etixx - Quick-Step rider Mark Cavendish won by less than the depth of a tire against Andrea Guardini (Astana) in 145km Dubai Tour Stage 1 on Wednesday, after launching from long distance following a strong leadout by Mark Renshaw on the front of the peloton. Etixx - Quick-Step spent much of the day chasing down a five-rider breakaway, which was brought back with 20km to go in the stage. The … [Read more...]

First Half of Rigoberto Uran’s Race Calendar Announced

During the first training camp of 2015, in Oliva (Spain), Rigoberto Uran and Etixx - Quick-Step management made official the race program for the first part of his 2015 season. The first race of 2015 for Rigo will be the Colombian National ITT Championship, as well as the National Road Championship on the 7th and the 8th of February. “The time trial is on a parcours of 47 kilometers, which … [Read more...]

Team Secured Until 2017, Named Etixx – Quick-Step Starting in 2015

Tony Martin Extends Contract Until 2016 With the beautiful landscape of Chateau de Lastours in the background, OPQS proudly announced to the media on Monday, during the second Tour de France rest day, that the team secured its future through 2017 thanks to the extended commitment of owner Mr. Bakala, and also crucial support of our sponsors. Starting in 2015 the team will be named "Etixx - … [Read more...]