The Spring Classics Heavy Hitters For 2014

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - With the main Spring Classics races due to begin on Sunday with the Tour of Flanders, AFP takes a look at the main contenders. Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Twice in the last four years the 33-year-old Swiss time-trial and classics expert has done the Tour of Flanders-Paris-Roubaix double and he will rightly be considered the … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Will Not Participate In Milan-Sanremo

19-Mar-2014: With heavy hearts, team OPQS announces that Tom Boonen will not take part in Milano-Sanremo next Sunday. The Belgian champion won’t start because he and his partner, Lore, lost their baby few hours ago due to a miscarriage. In such a sensitive moment Tom prefers to stay by his partner’s side. All the athletes, staff, and sponsors of the team want Lore and Tom to know that they … [Read more...]

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne Shows A Glimpse Of The Classics

Cycling: 66th Kuurne - Brussels - Brussel 2014

02-Mar-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team raced 197km Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne to perfection on Sunday. Sensing a delay in the peloton on the Oude Kwaremont, Stijn Vandenbergh accelerated on the front when OPQS happened to be in good position nearby at about 73km to go. Catching most teams in a vulnerable moment, OPQS and Belkin Pro Cycling Team took advantage of the unexpected … [Read more...]

Tour of Qatar Ends With OPQS Dominating The Podium

Tour of Qatar Final Podium 2014

14-Feb-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team had plenty to celebrate at the end of Tour of Qatar on Friday. Following a 4th place bunch sprint finish by Tom Boonen in the points jersey, Niki Terpstra took the top podium spot for the 6th and final time as overall winner of the race, with Boonen right behind him in 2nd. OPQS also won the team classification as five riders finished in the … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Wins Qatar Stage 4, Terpstra Keeps Lead

MESAIEED, Qatar, Feb 12, 2014 (AFP) - Belgium's Tom Boonen, swept along by high winds, claimed the Tour of Qatar's fourth and penultimate stage on Wednesday by a matter of centimetres from Germany's Andre Greipel. The Omega Pharma rider, who also took Monday's second stage, moved up from fourth to second, 17 seconds adrift, behind his teammate Niki Terpstra in the overall standings with … [Read more...]

Boonen Gets 21st Victory After Textbook Race in the Wind

Terpstra Still Race Leader 10-Feb-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team played their strengths to perfection in the 160.5km Stage 2 of Tour of Qatar, shattering the field to pieces in the wind, putting all their riders in the front group to chase down the breakaway, and making sure Tom Boonen was in perfect position to go for his 21st career victory. The team worked hard and pulled the … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Wins Tour of Qatar 2nd stage

DOHA, Feb 10, 2014 (AFP) - Tom Boonen claimed the Tour of Qatar second stage on Monday, the former world champion fending off Denmark's Michael Morkov in a sprint finish. The 33-year-old Belgian's Omega Pharma teammate, Niki Terpstra of the Netherlands, retained the leader's yellow jersey. Boonen is back in action after missing the second half of last year, including the world … [Read more...]

Injured Tom Boonen Ruled Out For Rest Of season

BRUSSELS, Aug 22, 2013 - Belgium's former world champion Tom Boonen will miss the rest of the season including the world championships in Florence after breaking down with a saddle injury, his Omega Pharma team annnounced Thursday. The 32-year-old underwent medical tests on Thursday morning that revealed a cyst in the buttock region as well as severe sores which means he will … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Will Not Start at Eneco Tour

Competition Return Date To Be Determined 06-Aug-2013: Bad news for Tom Boonen: After having to sit out the Tour of Denmark, the champion from team OPQS will also have to miss the Eneco Tour scheduled from August 12th to the 18th, due to a bothersome perineum cyst that is being treated with an anti inflammatory therapy. There is still no definite determination as to when Boonen will be able to … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Turns His Back On Tour de France

BRUSSELS, May 21, 2013 (AFP) - Belgian champion Tom Boonen hinted on Tuesday that his days of competing on the Tour de France were behind him. "Will I be at the start of the Tour again? The chance is very low," said the 32-year-old, who has taken part in six editions of cycling's greatest race. Patrick Lefevere, manager of Boonen's team, Omega Pharma, said he would not try and … [Read more...]