Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
|Team Name: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team |
Team Website: www.omegapharma-quickstep.com
2012 Roster: 30 riders
Bikes Used: Specialized
AboutThe Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team roster is made up of 30 athletes from 10 different countries. The average age on the team is 27. Team headquarters are located in Wevelgem, Belgium.
With over 300 victories at every latitude in official UCI calendar races, the team has written some of the most significant pages in the history of international cycling in the last decade. Over the years the team’s prestige has grown exponentially—so much so that the team is universally recognized as the Ruler of the Classics. In fact, since 2003 the team has conquered no less than 16 “monumental classics.” Add to these three road world titles, three time trial world championships, two World Cups and an Olympics and you’ve got a team to be reckoned with.
In 2012 the team has been reinforced both in management and on the roster, focusing on aspects like team work, technology and research of young talents. The team’s stars include time trial World Champion Tony Martin, King of the cobblestone classics Tom Boonen, French champion Sylvain Chavanel, Peter Velits and last but not least, the record man for victories in the Amgen Tour of California, Levi Leipheimer.
The Amgen Tour of California will once again be one of Leipheimer’s major goals. The race will start off from Santa Rosa, his native town. This is further motivation for Levi, a long lasting champion at 38 who will try to clinch his 4th Amgen Tour of California after consecutive successes from 2007 to 2009 and honourable placements in the last two editions (3rd in 2010 and 2nd in 2011). Leipheimer also holds the record for stage successes: six.
Sponsors: Omega Pharma (founded in 1987) is active in the field of health and personal care products to which the end-consumer has access without a medical prescription (Over-The-Counter or OTC products). With its innovative quality products, Omega Pharma aims to offer consumers the possibility of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and experiencing a greater sense of well-being. Omega Pharma profiles itself as the preferred partner of the pharmacist. From its Belgian headquarters, it started in 2000 to develop a strong position in Western Europe. In 2006, Omega Pharma also entered the markets in Central and Eastern Europe and, later, also in South America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. More than 2,000 enthusiastic employees contribute on a daily basis to the further growth and internationalization of the group, which today is directly active in over 35 countries. The two ‘home markets’ of Omega Pharma – Belgium and France – represent approximately half of the group turnover, which amounted to 857 million euro in 2010.
Quick-Step: Unilin Flooring produces laminate floors and engineered wood, including the Quick-Step® brand which is known worldwide. Through strategic consumer campaigns and highly-developed point of sales communications in stores, Quick-Step® has become one of the most important brands on the laminate market. At the end of 1998, Quick-Step® began to sponsor professional cycling, first as co-sponsor and since 2003 as main sponsor, of the Quick-Step® Cycling Team. Unilin employs 3700 people and had a turnover of 810 million euro in 2009. Since July 2005 the Unilin group forms part of the American company Mohawk Industries Inc., the leading supplier of flooring products for the residential as well as the commercial market. Mohawk employs 31200 people and had a turnover of $5.3 billion in 2009.