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A Stellar Omega Pharma – Quick Step to the Tour de San Luis

A super fast OPQS will be lining up for the eighth edition of the Tour de San Luis. With Cavendish, Boonen and Petacchi the Belgian formation will bring together no less than 400 victories, 2 Milano Sanremo races, 4 Paris-Roubaix, 3 Tour de Flandres, 2 in-line World Championships and 3 green jerseys at the Tour de France. Until now we’ve never seen a trio quite like this. For the first time ever Marc Cavendish, the sprinting prince of this generation, will in fact have an exceptional duo like Alessandro Petacchi and Belgian star Tom Boonen supporting him. It’s a formation that have made speed their credo in the last few years, winning among other things two team time trial World Championships, in addition to five individual time trial titles. So Davide Bramati, the Italian sports director that will coach the guys in Argentina, can count on his riders to perform at super high speeds and smooth the way perfectly for his majesty Mark Cavendish.

“This is a perfect race to start the season,” explains Sports Director Davide Bramati. “There is only a 4-hour time difference, so it won’t create any particular problems and it will allow us to get to Argentina just a few days before the race, on January 16th. The race will include a time trial, 3 arrivals suited to sprinters and 3 climbing arrivals, one more than last year.”

Mark Cavendish just last year achieved his first success wearing the OPQS jersey right here, and Tom Boonen, who already won at the Tour de San Luis in his golden year, 2012, and who is looking forward to returning to racing after a long stop period.

“We can’t deny we have a good team at the starting line,” continues Bramati. “Cav, Tom and Peta together have garnered more than 400 victories in the years of their careers, a truly incredible number that speaks volumes about the potential of the squad. Cav and Tom have also won in this race and they are familiar with its dynamics. In the stage for sprinters we will be called on to take the initiative. During our next retreat (6-14 January, 2014) we’re going to work more specifically with this group so we will be ready to take advantage of any chance that presents itself.”

OPQS Formation: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Tom Boonen (BEL), Alessandro Petacchi (ITA), Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL) and Gianluca Brambilla (ITA).

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