With worlds TTT win, Quick-Step moves closer to Lefevere’s season record
The Belgium-based squad has recorded 69 victories this season, and that number could soon go up. Read the full article at With worlds TTT win, Quick-Step moves closer to Lefevere’s season record on VeloNews.com .
Quick-Step Floors savour fourth team time trial world title
The Quick-Step Floors riders let out their wolf pack howl as they celebrated winning the men’s team time trial world title in Innsbruck . The Belgian team has now won the title four times in seven editions of the event – in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018 – and this latest victory is their 69th of the 2018 season. Niki Terpstra, Laurens de Plus, Yves Lampaert, Bob Jungles, neo-pro Kasper Asgreen and Maximilian Schachmann were obviously happy to have beaten major rivals Team Sunweb, BMC Racing and Team Sky. Celebrations were expected to go long into the night. Quick-Step Floors were only third and second fastest at the 22.8 and 44.8km time splits, but they were strongest in the finale, touching 111km/h on the descent and riding at their very limit on the final 10km to the finish in Innsbruck. “We were fastest from A to B," Terpstra said. "We ...
World Championships: Quick-Step Floors win men's team time trial
Quick-Step Floors rounded off day one of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck by taking victory in the men’s team time trial. Kasper Asgreen, Laurens De Plus, Bob Jungels, Yves Lampaert, Max Schachmann and Niki Terpstra blitzed the 62.8km course with a time of 1:07:26, beating Team Sunweb by 18 seconds while BMC finished third, 20 seconds down. Team Sky and Mitchelton-Scott finished fourth and fifth, the only other teams to get within a minute of Quick Step – they came home 45 and 57 seconds down, respectively. After Philippe Gilbert’s win at the GP d’Isbergues earlier in the day, it’s the 69th victory of the season for the Belgian team. Since 2000, they only lie behind the 2008 (70 wins) and 2009 (83 wins) vintages of Team Highroad. The win also marks a farewell for a number of their riders, with De Plus, Schachmann and Terpstra all ...
Men’s world championship TTT report: Quick-Step Floors prove their reputation to take the win
Quick-Step Floors prove their reputation by taking a convincing win over major rivals Sunweb and BMC Read the full article at Men’s world championship TTT report: Quick-Step Floors prove their reputation to take the win on VeloNews.com .
Men’s world championship TTT report: Quick-Step Floors back to winning ways
Quick-Step Floors prove their reputation by taking a convincing win over major rivals Sunweb and BMC Read the full article at Men’s world championship TTT report: Quick-Step Floors back to winning ways on VeloNews.com .
Who is riding where? 2019 team transfer roundup
Your guide to the notable names set to change teams this off-season. Read the full article at Who is riding where? 2019 team transfer roundup on VeloNews.com .
Nibali admits his Vuelta tank is on empty
The Bahrain-Merida rider started the Spanish grand tour after he was knocked out of the Tour de France because of a crash. Read the full article at Nibali admits his Vuelta tank is on empty on VeloNews.com .
Gaviria returns to racing at Great War Remembrance Race
Fernando Gaviria will race for the first time since his exit from the Tour de France as he lines up for the inaugural Great War Remembrance Race in Belgium on Friday. The Colombian sprinter won two stages on his Tour debut and wore the yellow jersey but was one of the many sprinters to leave the race after missing the time cut in the Alps. He will lead Quick-Step Floors on home turf, with fellow sprinter Fabio Jakobsen another option for the Belgian outfit. Niki Terpstra and Yves Lampaerta add versatility to the seven-man line-up and can take up the reins in the event of a more selective race. The one-day race takes place in late August has a feel of spring about it as it plots a 193km route across West Flanders. The race was set up to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World ...
Lampaert extends with Quick-Step Floors
With Niki Terpstra heading to Direct Energie next season, Yves Lampaert is expected to step up at Quick-Step Floors , and the Belgian champion has just signed a new two-year deal with Patrick Lefevere's squad to take him through to the end of 2020. Lampaert, 27, joined Quick-Step in 2015 after following a well-trodden path through the Topsport Vlaanderen team in Belgium. In his debut WorldTour season he won the Three Days of West Flanders and finished top 10 at Paris-Roubaix and runner-up in the time trial at the Belgian national championships. Injuries held him back in 2016 but 2017 proved his breakthrough as he landed his first Classic in Dwars door Vlaanderen before becoming Belgian time trial champion and then winning a stage at the Vuelta a España. This year he repeated his Dwars triumph and played a key role in Quick-Step's utter domination of the Spring Classics, and ...
Lefevere on Terpstra departure: If one goes away, another steps up
Niki Terpstra was perhaps the perfect prototype of a Quick-Step Floors rider, a man whose obvious ambition never quite teetered into selfishness. He was, as manager Patrick Lefevere put it this spring, an individualist who doubled as a team player. During his eight-year tenure at Quick-Step, Terpstra, winner of Paris-Roubaix in 2014 and the Tour of Flanders this season, was rarely shy of suitors willing to make him an outright leader on another team, but he had always preferred to stay put – until now. On Thursday, Direct Energie announced that they had secured Terpstra’s services for 2019 and 2020 . Terpstra’s departure from Quick-Step was perhaps less surprising than his final destination, but, as he told De Telegraaf, the contract offered by the French Continental team was simply one he could not turn down. Although Quick-Step’s future is guaranteed for 2019, Lefevere’s team is still searching for a title ...
Quick-Step Floors still searching for sponsor as riders leave
Cycling's top team Quick-Step Floors is struggling to find sponsorship to continue at the top level in 2019. Read the full article at Quick-Step Floors still searching for sponsor as riders leave on VeloNews.com .
Flanders champ Terpstra makes surprise move to Direct Energie
After eight fruitful years with Quick-Step, Niki Terpstra shocks pro cycling by transfering to Direct Energie for 2019. Read the full article at Flanders champ Terpstra makes surprise move to Direct Energie on VeloNews.com .
Niki Terpstra signs for Direct Energie
Niki Terpstra ( Quick-Step Floors ) will ride for Direct Energie for the 2019 season, the French Pro Continental team confirmed via Twitter on Thursday. The Dutchman has spent the past eight seasons with Quick-Step Floors, winning Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders and E3 Harelbeke during his time with the Belgian WorldTour team. In a press release on Direct Energie's website, Niki Terpstra said of the move: "I was impressed by Direct Energie this season during the Flanders Classics where the riders of the team were systematically involved in the race. "Damien Gaudin, Sylvain Chavanel and Adrien Petit were among the great animators in the Belgian campaign. I also liked their aggressive style at the Tour de France." In addition to strengthening the French team's Classics capabilities, the versatile Dutchman will also bolster the squad in stage races and the Tour de France. Although in the latter stages of his ...
Tour of Flanders champion Niki Terpstra leaves Quick-Step Floors for Direct Energie
Joe Robinson 16 Aug 2018 In a surprise move, two-time Monument champion Terpstra leaves Quick-Step after eight years for Direct Energie Tour of Flanders champion Niki Terpstra is set to join Direct Energie in a surprising move that sees the Dutchman drop out of the WorldTour. Direct Energie confirmed the signature of the two-time Monument winner via their website on Thursday commenting that the signing 'symbolises the ambition' of the team. In what can only be considered a major coup for the ProContinental French team, the presence of Terpstra will undoubtedly help the team secure invites to the biggest one-day Classics and stage races in the calendar. Terpstra will leave Quick-Step Floors after eight seasons in which he became one of the world's best Spring Classics riders. The 34-year-old joined a select band of riders to have completed the Spring Classics double after adding this year's Tour of Flanders to ...
Patrick Lefevere continues hunt for Quick-Step Floors sponsor replacement
Joe Robinson 14 Aug 2018 Flooring company to step down as primary sponsor for 2019 as Lefevere continues hunt for replacement Despite being the WorldTour team with the most victories in 2018 so far, Quick-Step Floors are still in the hunt for a new primary sponsor as its current naming sponsor looks to play a smaller role from 2019. Talking to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad , team manager Patrick Lefevere confirmed that he is still looking for a new primary sponsor to take over from the Belgian flooring company as they look to continue on as a secondary sponsor, therefore reducing its financial input. 'Quick-Step Floors will stay for at least another three years, but they would prefer to become a second sponsor,' Lefevere commented at the finish of Stage 1 of the Binckbank Tour. 'I do not have that main sponsor yet. I do not really care where the ...
Cyclingnews Films presents: Running with Wolves — excerpt
This article was first published on Cyclingnews Cyclingnews Films is proud to present Running with Wolves , a documentary that goes behind the scenes at the biggest bike race in the world, the 2018 Tour de France , with the most successful team this year, Quick-Step Floors . Tour de France 2018 bikes, gear and tech Top five custom Tour de France 2018 bikes The film follows the success of Cyclingnews ’ debut film, The Holy Week , which captured the emotions of the cobbled Classics, and its second production, Crescendo , which highlighted the final week of the Giro d'Italia. For its third production , Cyclingnews Films was granted access to Quick-Step Floors, a team that call themselves 'The Wolfpack', to follow riders and staff throughout the three weeks of the Tour, with interviews and behind the scenes footage as the team battled it out in the biggest and ...
Cyclingnews Films presents: RUNNING WITH WOLVES - Excerpt
Cyclingnews Films is proud to present RUNNING WITH WOLVES , a documentary that goes behind the scenes at the biggest bike race in the world, the 2018 Tour de France , with the most successful team this year, Quick-Step Floors . The film follows the success of Cyclingnews ’ debut film, THE HOLY WEEK, which captured the emotions of the Cobbled Classics, and their second production, CRESCENDO, which highlighted the final week of the Giro d'Italia. For their third production , Cyclingnews Films were granted access to Quick-Step Floors, a team that call themselves 'The Wolfpack', to follow riders and staff throughout the three weeks of the Tour, with interviews and behind the scenes footage as the team battled it out in the biggest and toughest sporting event on the planet. We follow as sprint ace Fernando Gaviria makes his Tour debut with double stage wins and as veteran riders ...
Peter Sagan and Geraint Thomas join lucrative post-Tour crit circuit
As soon as the celebrations of having completed another Tour de France have wrapped up in Paris, weary star riders begin their treks to the lucrative post-Tour criteriums, held in towns and villages across France, the Netherlands and Belgium, in particular. The Tour stars – with the jersey winners often racing in their yellow, green, white or polka-dot uniforms – command handsome appearance fees, and it's all the better if such financial incentives allow them to win the circuit race, or at least appear on the podium alongside any local pros. For some years now, the criterium races have become a greatly anticipated spectacle in the towns and villages of the more traditional cycling nations of Europe during what is an otherwise depressing week that follows the excitement of three weeks of the Tour de France. Local elite riders join up with some of the sport's biggest names for a ...
Tour de France 2018: Demare wins sprint into Pau, Thomas stays in yellow
Joe Robinson 26 Jul 2018 A fast and flat day sees Demare beat compatriot Laporte into Pau Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) took Stage 18 of the Tour de France winning a fast sprint finish into Pau. Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) finished second with Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) a distant third. Groupama-FDJ helped set a high pace into the final which Demare repaid with victory. Demare's victory was the first by a French team in this year's race and bringing the home nation to three stage victories for the race. The stage was fast with nobody willing to allow the five man breakaway - which included Niki Terpstra and Matthew Hayman - any slack with the gap rarely going above 90 seconds. A stress-free stage for the General Classification riders saw no change on the overall standings. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) still leads from Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Chris Froome with one ...
Today at the Tour: Quick-Step’s emotional rollercoaster
Even when it seems as though everything is going wrong, the Quick-Step Floors team finds a way to keep on winning. Stage 16 of the Tour de France from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon, with five categorized climbs, was not off to a good start for the Belgian squad, and yet it ended in another victory. After 80km … The post Today at the Tour: Quick-Step’s emotional rollercoaster appeared first on CyclingTips .