Quick-Step Floors

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Quick-Step Floors
Team information
UCI code EQS
Registered Belgium
Founded 2003 (2003)
Discipline Road
Status UCI WorldTeam
Bicycles Specialized
Components Shimano
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Patrick Lefévère
Team manager(s) Brian Holm
Davide Bramati
Wilfried Peeters
Rik Van Slycke
Tom Steels
Jan Schaffrath
Team name history
Quick-Step–Davitamon (QSD)
Quick-Step–Innergetic (QST)
Quick-Step–Innergetic (QSI)
Quick-Step (QST)
Omega Pharma–Quick-Step (OPQ)
Etixx–Quick-Step (EQS)
Quick-Step Floors


Quick-Step Floors (UCI Team Code: EQS) is a Belgian UCI World Tour cycling team led by team manager Patrick Lefévère. The directeurs sportifs are Davide Bramati, Wilfried Peeters, Rik Van Slycke, Tom Steels, Brian Holm and Jan Schaffrath.[1]


The team was created as Quick-Step–Davitamon in 2003 from staff and riders of Domo-Farm Frites and Mapei–Quick-Step when the latter disbanded after nine years in the sport. Paolo Bettini won the UCI Road World Cup in 2003 and 2004 as well as the 2004 Summer Olympics road title in 2004. In the 2005 UCI ProTour season, renamed Quick-Step–Innergetic, the team won a large number of classics: Tom Boonen won Tour of Flanders and Paris–Roubaix, Filippo Pozzato the HEW Cyclassics, and Paolo Bettini the Züri-Metzgete and the Giro di Lombardia. In late 2005 Tom Boonen won the 2005 UCI Road World Championships in Madrid, where Michael Rogers won the time-trial.

In 2006 Boonen retained the Tour of Flanders and held the yellow jersey in the 2006 Tour de France during stage 3–6, and Filippo Pozzato won 2006 Milan – San Remo. Paolo Bettini won the world championship in Salzburg and retained his Giro di Lombardia crown. In 2007 Tom Boonen won the points classification in the Tour de France, taking two stage wins. Bettini defended his world championship in Stuttgart. In 2008 Gert Steegmans took the final stage of the 2008 Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées. Paolo Bettini retired after the world championship in Varese. In both 2008 and 2009 Stijn Devolder took the Tour of Flanders and Tom Boonen, Paris–Roubaix. After two seasons of disappointment, a resurgent Omega Pharma–Quick-Step and Tom Boonen, took four major Spring classics victories, including the four cobblestone courses E3 Harelbeke, Gent–Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders, Paris–Roubaix.

In October 2012, the team fired their veteran rider Levi Leipheimer after he admitted to doping in a sworn affidavit to USADA.[2] This was despite the team statement that "commended" Leipheimer for his "open cooperation" in the USADA investigation that exposed Lance Armstrong long term cheating in cycling via doping. The team's action was described by USADA head Travis Tygart as "The classic Omertà move right? Actions speak louder than words. On the one hand, they say they congratulate him on coming forward, [but] their action terminating him for being truthful speaks a lot louder than their words." CyclingNews reported in the same article that the team’s claim to have only recently learned of Leipheimer’s past doping was according to Tygart "absolutely not true...Leipheimer and a USADA attorney told the team months ago of the investigation, and of Leipheimer’s role". Cyclingnews noted that Omega Pharma general manager Patrick Lefevere "had admitted in 2007 to having used doping products, including amphetamines, during his own career". Lefevere is still CEO of Etixx as of September 2015.

On 17 July 2014, the team announced that Iljo Keisse had been given a 2-year contract extension[3] Tony Martin confirmed via his Twitter account that he had signed a 2-year contract extension.[4] On 19 August the team announced that Pieter Serry had signed a 2-year contract extension,[5] on 27 August the team announced the signing of Maxime Bouet on a 2-year deal[6] and on September 1 the team announced the signing of David de la Cruz on a 2-year contract.[7] In 2014 Michał Kwiatkowski won a rainbow jersey in 2014 UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race in Ponferrada, Spain.

In February 2015, the team announced it had signed 2015 UCI World Omnium champion, Fernando Gaviria, and fellow Colombian, Rodrigo Contreras, on two-year deals set to commence at the start of the 2016 season.[8] In August 2015, the team signed Davide Martinelli for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.[9]


On the second rest day of the 2014 Tour de France the team announced a change to one of their main sponsors from 2015 onwards for 3 season. Omega Pharma will be exchanged for one of its subsidiaries, Etixx, giving a new team name: Etixx–Quick-Step.[10] Etixx is a brand of supplements and nutrition products by Omega Pharma (the previous title sponsor), while Quick-Step is a manufacturer of laminate flooring.

On the eve of the 2015 Tour of Flanders Quickstep confirmed their sponsorship of the team would be extended to the end of the 2017 season.[11] In September 2015, the team announced that supermarket chain Lidl would sponsor the team, becoming the teams "Fresh food supplier".[12]

In August 2016, the team announced a minor sponsorship agreement with Janom, for two years.[13] Later, in October of the same year Latexco announced it had signed on to sponsor the team into the 2017 season.[14] Later in the same month, Quick-Step announced they would take over as sole naming sponsor of the team, with Etixx remaining on board with respect to the teams nutrition.[15]

Team roster

As of 30 July 2016.
Rider Date of birth
 Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) (1992-06-11)11 June 1992 (aged 23)
 Tom Boonen (BEL) (1980-10-15)15 October 1980 (aged 35)
 Maxime Bouet (FRA) (1986-11-03)3 November 1986 (aged 29)
 Gianluca Brambilla (ITA) (1987-08-22)22 August 1987 (aged 28)
 Rodrigo Contreras (COL) (1994-06-02)2 June 1994 (aged 21)
 Laurens De Plus (BEL) (1995-09-04)4 September 1995 (aged 20)
 David de la Cruz (ESP) (1989-05-06)6 May 1989 (aged 26)
 Fernando Gaviria (COL) (1994-08-19)19 August 1994 (aged 21)
 Bob Jungels (LUX) (1992-09-22)22 September 1992 (aged 23)
 Iljo Keisse (BEL) (1982-12-21)21 December 1982 (aged 33)
 Marcel Kittel (GER) (1988-05-11)11 May 1988 (aged 27)
 Yves Lampaert (BEL) (1991-04-10)10 April 1991 (aged 24)
 Nikolas Maes (BEL) (1986-04-09)9 April 1986 (aged 29)
 Dan Martin (IRL) (1986-08-20)20 August 1986 (aged 29)
 Tony Martin (GER) (1985-04-23)23 April 1985 (aged 30)
Rider Date of birth
 Davide Martinelli (ITA) (1993-05-31)31 May 1993 (aged 22)
 Gianni Meersman (BEL) (1985-12-05)5 December 1985 (aged 30)
 Maximiliano Richeze (ARG) (1983-03-07)7 March 1983 (aged 33)
 Fabio Sabatini (ITA) (1985-02-10)10 February 1985 (aged 31)
 Pieter Serry (BEL) (1988-11-21)21 November 1988 (aged 27)
 Zdeněk Štybar (CZE) (1985-12-11)11 December 1985 (aged 30)
 Niki Terpstra (NED) (1984-05-18)18 May 1984 (aged 31)
 Matteo Trentin (ITA) (1989-08-02)2 August 1989 (aged 26)
 Petr Vakoč (CZE) (1992-07-11)11 July 1992 (aged 23)
 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL) (1991-02-14)14 February 1991 (aged 25)
 Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL) (1984-04-25)25 April 1984 (aged 31)
 Martin Velits (SVK) (1985-02-21)21 February 1985 (aged 31)
 Julien Vermote (BEL) (1989-07-26)26 July 1989 (aged 26)
 Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL) (1991-12-07)7 December 1991 (aged 24)

    Major results

    National and world championships

    World Time Trial Michael Rogers
    Italian Road Race Paolo Bettini
    Hungarian Time Trial Laszlo Bodrogi
    World Time Trial Michael Rogers
    Hungarian Time Trial Laszlo Bodrogi
    World Road Race Tom Boonen
    World Time Trial Michael Rogers
    World Road Race Paolo Bettini
    Italian Road Race Paolo Bettini
    World Road Race Paolo Bettini
    Italian Road Race Giovanni Visconti
    Belgian Time Trial Stijn Devolder
    Belarus Time Trial Branislau Samoilau
    Belgian Road Race Tom Boonen
    Slovakian Road Race Martin Velits
    Belgian Road Race Stijn Devolder
    Belgian Time Trial Stijn Devolder
    Belarus Time Trial Branislau Samoilau
    Slovakian Time Trial Martin Velits
    French Road Race Sylvain Chavanel
    Curaçao Road Race Marc de Maar
    Curaçao Time Trial Marc de Maar
    Czech Cyclocross Zdeněk Štybar
    Belgian Road Race Tom Boonen
    Irish Road Race Matt Brammeier
    Netherlands Road Race Niki Terpstra
    Polish Road Race Michał Gołaś
    French Time Trial Sylvain Chavanel
    German Time Trial Tony Martin
    Slovakian Time Trial Peter Velits
    Italian Time Trial Dario Cataldo
    Belgian Time Trial Kristof Vandewalle
    World Team Time Trial
    World Time Trial Tony Martin
    Czech Cyclocross Zdeněk Štybar
    French Time Trial Sylvain Chavanel
    German Time Trial Tony Martin
    Slovakian Time Trial Peter Velits
    Polish Road Race Michał Kwiatkowski
    British Road Race Mark Cavendish
    Belgian Time Trial Kristof Vandewalle
    World Team Time Trial
    World Time Trial Tony Martin
    World Cyclocross Zdeněk Štybar
    Polish Time Trial Michał Kwiatkowski
    German Time Trial Tony Martin
    Czech Road Race Zdeněk Štybar
    World Road Race Michał Kwiatkowski
    Colombian Time Trial Rigoberto Urán
    German Time Trial Tony Martin
    Czech Road Race Petr Vakoč
    Netherlands Road Race Niki Terpstra
    World Track (Omnium) Fernando Gaviria
    German Time Trial Tony Martin
    Luxembourg Time Trial Bob Jungels
    Luxembourg Road Race Bob Jungels
    World Team Time Trial
    World Time Trial Tony Martin


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