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Re: OPQS cycling team thread
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013, 06:40 »
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #3 on: December 16, 2013, 07:32 »
    I hadn't realised OPQS had been so successful this year until CN pointed it out. It really was a solid year for them and Lefevere clearly has the sort of dream team today that he used to enjoy in the late 90s, Dark Side issues aside.

    Still nothing too exciting on the GT GC front and also risks too many cooks with so many characters in the cast. Could see OPQS losing improvers like Kwiatkowski when the contracts are up next, although the money seems to be good there.
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #4 on: December 16, 2013, 08:06 »
    I hadn't realised OPQS had been so successful this year until CN pointed it out. It really was a solid year for them and Lefevere clearly has the sort of dream team today that he used to enjoy in the late 90s, Dark Side issues aside.

    Still nothing too exciting on the GT GC front and also risks too many cooks with so many characters in the cast. Could see OPQS losing improvers like Kwiatkowski when the contracts are up next, although the money seems to be good there.
    OPQS should be fine from a GC point of view with Uran, De Ghendt, Poels, Bakelandts and Martin. The issue will be keeping the GC team and sprint team working well together (ie: keeping Cavendish happy).

    There are a lot of riders covering a lot of bases, so they really do need to step up even more compared to the last two years in order to keep most of the riders they will have coming off contract next year.
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #6 on: December 16, 2013, 11:54 »
    Tough interview with Cavendish here:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03ltr9v/HARDtalk_Mark_Cavendish_World_Champion_Cyclist/

    Plus to real OPQS junkies, the second part of this Human's Invent podcast goes into a lot more detail on the "train issues" for next year and the difference between the Belgian Classics view and Sprinting view on the team.
    http://audioboo.fm/boos/1799058-humans-invent-cycling-15th-december-2013

    Note: This is not the place to discuss the darkside issues at the end of the interview.
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #7 on: December 17, 2013, 19:48 »

    Big Stijn :win
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #8 on: December 18, 2013, 07:10 »
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #9 on: December 19, 2013, 13:05 »


    Looks like Cav's already had his Xmas turkey, roast potatoes.....and the stuffing.  :D
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #11 on: January 15, 2014, 09:45 »
    An image from the OPQS twitter account.

    Of note:
    - Cav's thighs look like they have a lot more muscle definition than last year (He said he was in the gym for the 1st time over winter); and
    - Cav seems to have shed his winter coat and is a lot slimmer already than some earlier photo's.

    Either:
    - Cav has been working hard; or
    - OPQS PR have been busy with PhotoShop.

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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #12 on: January 15, 2014, 10:52 »
    Option 3: Cav is standing up straight and exhaling in this photo whereas in the 'fat cav' photo he was bent over and inhaling and he is the same weight in both of them.
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #13 on: January 15, 2014, 11:15 »
    I moved my response to weight matters here as I was making too general a statement to be OPQS-related.
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #14 on: February 11, 2014, 13:08 »
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #15 on: February 11, 2014, 14:37 »
    Solid opening performance from #opqs so far. Bodes well for the Classics season. Small cloud in otherwise sunny skies is Mr Cavendish who still lacks a morale boosting win from one of these sh*t small races, especially when his big rivals Greipel and Kittel have both picked up several wins already.
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #16 on: February 15, 2014, 11:20 »
    After the magnificent performance in Qatar which highlighted the form of two of the  #opqs classics aces.

    #opqs are about to reveal to the world, the form of the third ace they are holding.



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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #17 on: February 15, 2014, 11:50 »
    I remember listening to his stilted Dutch after the CX races a few years back. His Dutch is much better now but it's funny to hear how articulate he is - and probably always was - in English, I'm still not used to it.

    I hope he goes really well this year. I think he fully justified his move to the road in 2013, so he and his big engine should be ready for some top results.
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #18 on: February 15, 2014, 19:29 »
    Still every time I see the #opqs icon in a thread I need to hover over it to see which team it is. Says something about how unique their jersey is.
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #19 on: February 15, 2014, 21:18 »
    Still every time I see the #opqs icon in a thread I need to hover over it to see which team it is. Says something about how unique their jersey is.

    I think the jersey logo looks like they are sponsored by a deep freezer manufacturer.  Looks like a snow flake on the jersey logo.
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #20 on: February 15, 2014, 21:29 »
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/fenn-plays-his-part-in-omega-pharma-quickstep-dominance

    Basically pretty scary how strong OPQS are this year, but as many have commented this isn't really a surprise. What is more important is whether they can keep this form and maintain it to the cobbles. But losing Chavanel and still having Terpstra, Stybar, Vandenbergh all who can Top 5 in Roubaix along with a raft of talented and specialist domestiques..

    With their new focus on GT racing (Uran, Bakelants, De Gendt, Kwiatowski, Poels and strong doms like De Weert) if their classics squad starts hoovering up then this could be one massive year for the men in black. And with Cav, Renshaw and Pettacchi in the sprints, this team could almost be starting to replicate HTC.. just with a stronger classics squad..
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #21 on: February 19, 2014, 08:00 »


    Cobbles and Hills lookednat Boonen and Qatar, when he does well in Qatar he has a great spring.

    http://cobblesandhills.com/wordpress/2014/02/18/tom-boonen-emir-qatar-king-spring/
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #22 on: February 19, 2014, 20:42 »
    Everybody's favourite Pole answers a few questions.

    http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=69405

    Ardennes and TdF the big targets as expected - wants to improve on his 11th last year (white jersey battle with Pinot and Betancur maybe?), but wants to do well at TA also.

    No mentions of MSR or TdP (one of the stages starts in his hometown).  :(

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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #25 on: March 03, 2014, 19:42 »
    No Pompeana, no Manie, Cav's got a REAL shot this year!
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #26 on: March 03, 2014, 20:49 »
    Not convinced by his form this year yet though. Greipel would be a better bet for me, he has been riding very strongly and sprinting pretty well to boot.
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #27 on: March 03, 2014, 23:36 »
    yeah he hasnt built up for it, so might not be ready ....

    route changes have kinda stuffed everyone
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
    « Reply #28 on: March 04, 2014, 15:55 »
    Cavendish's full classics programme revealed:

    http://www.omegapharma-quickstep.com/en/news/show/mark-cavendish-s-classics-schedule-officially-announced/1609

    MSR, GW, de Panne and Scheldeprijs.
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    Re: OPQS cycling team thread
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