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Quick Step - Davitamon 2003
 
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Date: 1/17/2003
Quick Step - Davitamon 2003
 

Quick Step - Davitamon


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Patrick Lefevere is with out doubt one of the most dynamic managers in the peloton .The first major goal , as always are the Spring Classics , and the riders he has assembled for that task this season are formidable. The squad also has the strength in depth to support Bettini in his bid to retain the World Cup . With Virenque in the team , he has also brought in support for the Frenchman with riders capable of looking for stage victories themselves .

Above all though , he has given youth its chance , the balance between old hands , Aces and young guns seems good for success , good for the fans and above all good for cycling .

Frédéric Amorisson (Bel) - 16 February 1978 - Turned pro with Lotto in 2002 and gained encouraging results - won stage two of Tour de la Région Wallonne just beating Yaroslav Popovych after the duo had slipped off the front of the pack , and scored again in the Sparkassen Giro Bochum.Great debut season for the youngster


Paolo Bettini (Ita) - 1 april 1974 - prolific winner as a junior with the Ciclistica Cecina club , and continued the same winning ways with U.C. Monsummanese between 1993 and ’95 with 9 victories . Joined the G.S. Grassi Mapei team in 1996 and scored 8 victories and fourth place in the U23 World Championship road race in Lugano .

Turned pro in 1997 with the M-G Technogym team and after the usual first season of acclimatisation to the pro scene has been rising up the UCI rankings ever since . A season with Asics-CGA in 1998 saw a stage victory in the Tour of Romandie and a rise to 53rd place in the UCI rankings . 1999 , with Mapei saw 4 victories and the overall of the Giro della Provincia di Lucca and up to 13th place in the UCI rankings . 2000 6 victories , including Liege Bastogne Liege and finishing in 10th position . 2001 , 5 victories , including Zurich and up to 9th place . 2002 9 victories including Liege Bastogne Liege , and overall in the Giro della Liguria , Tour de la Région Wallonne and , of course winner of the World Cup series .

A great rider in his prime , 2003 back again with Patrick Lefevere promises to be exciting times for “Il Grilo”

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Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) - 11 December 1976 - One of the top men against the clock in the world . The man from Budapest , Hungary joined Mapei in 2000 and was an instant hit . 7 victories including a stage in the Tour de l'Avenir was a hugely impressive start to his career . Overall victory in the Giro Riviera Ligure Pomente , two stages in the Tour de l’Avenir and overall in his National Time Trial Championship were the highlights of 2001 - while in 2002 he continued his impressive pace by taking the National title again , the GP Eddy Merckx (with Fabio Cancellara) and most significantly the prologue of the Paris Nice . At the Team launch he said - "Patrick Lefevere has asked me to fight for the prologue in the Tour and I hope not to disappoint him",

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Tom Boonen (Bel) - - 15 October 1980 - Outstanding junior and amateur rider few would have forseen Tommy’s outstanding first season and dramatic fall out with former team US Postal .

Winner of stage 2 of the Uniqua Classic (Davide Bramati his new team mate was second) , 7th in Kuurne Brussel Kuurne and Ghent Wevelgem and a fabulous 3rd in Paris Roubaix the man from Mol is with a Belgium based team riding with his heroes - 2003 will be very interesting !

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Davide Bramati (Ita) - 28 June 1968- hugely experienced all rounder and a strong domestique who can win when he has the opportunity . Similar style to Sean Yates , totally commited and a good man to have in your team when legs are aching and someone needs pulling back into the peloton or chasing down a break . Turned pro in 1990 with the Diana-Colnago team and then spent several years in Lampre colours . In 1996 he moved to Panaria-Vinavil and since then rode for Mapei . 6 victories in a 13 year career ( including stage 4 Vuelta Ciclista Aragon 2002) may not seem many - but how many victories has he set up for team mates? - Always a joy to watch .

David Canada Gracia (Spa) - 11 March 1975 - the man from Zaragozza turned pro with the Once team in 1996 and remained there for 4 years, very strong Tour rider his lack of results probably reflect his team work ethos rather than lack of talent . Achieved his biggest success in 2000 with a marvellous performance in the Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia (stage and overall ) and the Circuit de la Sarthe ( Stage and overall ) . In spite , or maybe because of this success he moved to Mapei in 2001 where he rode consistently but without achieving former glories .

Aurélien Clerc (Swi) - 26 august 1979 - Turned pro in 2001 with the Post Swiss team but it was with the Mapei Espoirs in 2002 that " Aurel " burst into the lime light . With 10 victories including 4 in the Vuelta a Cuba and two in the much higher ranked Tour de Picardie where he also won the points jersey make him on of the most exciting “young gun” sprinters around -

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Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) - Turned pro in 1998 with Vitalicio Seguros who he stayed with until joining Mapei in 2001 . Usually gets one win a season ( 2000 stage 9 Vuelta Portugal , 2001 Stage 2 Niedersachsen Rundfahrt , 2002 1e etappe Euskal Bizikleta-Bicicleta Vasca, Usurbil ) - however the rider from Eibar Spain is something of an oddity as his nick name “Pit” would suggest - his favourite race is Paris Roubaix and he finished the race in 39th position and in the UCI points in 2002 , but he is also an accomplished Grand Tour rider.

Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) -11 April 1978 - “Hulli” is a very promising young rider as he demonstrated 1n 1999 winning the junior Tour of Flanders and the Omloop Het Volk as well as the Brussel-Opwijk and Gent-Ieper . Became pro with Mapei in and got off to a great start winning stage 9 of the Niedersachsen Rundfahrt .

2002 and a tremendous ride in the Omloop Het Volk saw him finish in 6th place , and he won the first stage of the Circuit Franco Belge ( curiously Tom Boonen was third that day ) .

Unfortunately 2003 has got off to a bad start as we reported on 15/01/2003 - “Quick Step's Kevin Hulsmans will be flown home tomorrow for surgery after testing has determined that he has a fracture of his left femur, just below his hip joint, from a training ride accident in Adelaide. Hulsmans was hit from behind by a car. According to Quick Step manager Luca Guercilena, there is not time to get a replacement rider to Australia, so that team will start the Tour Down Under with seven riders instead of eight. Hulsmans suffered a similar injury to his left femur in 1995, though that injury was nearer his hip joint”

Daily Peloton sends best wishes to “Hulli” and hopes for a speedy recovery .

Andrei Kashechkin (Kaz) - 21 March 1980 - another rider from the cycling rich lands of Kazachstan - rode for Domo Frites Espoirs in 2001 winning La Côte Picarde - moved up to the full team in 2002 . Good showing in Liege Bastogne Liege ( which “Kaske” says is his favourite race) - finishing in the same bunch as Nico Matan and Alex Zuelle - and had a great ride in the Tour de la Région Wallone finishing 7th overall . First Asian to win Liege? The potential is there - time will tell .


Servais Knaven (Ned)- 6 March 1971 - Super experienced , turned pro with the TVM team in 1993 and made an immediate impression by winning the Teleflex Tour .19 victories in a career that has seen him never really change teams but keep moving as sponsors folded - in 2000 he rode for Farm Frites , in 2001 with Domo Farm Frites and now logically to Quickstep . At home in the classics he has usually been a helper for the bigger stars but has always finished well himself .

A string of top twenty finishes in the hard Spring Northern races over the years was amply rewarded in 2001 when team tactics allowed him to go down the road and take victory in the Paris Roubaix ahead of team mates Johan Musseuw and Roman Vainsteins .

Servais has one of the most up to date and complete websites in the peloton - which proves he lives up to his motto “If you make something, make it good”

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Johan Museeuw (Bel) -13 October 1965 - " De Leeuw van Vlaanderen " Turned pro in 1988 with the ADR team and has ridden himself into the halls of legend . Far too many exploits , victories and great rides to cover here , without doubt the most popular cyclist in North Western Europe - the cycle shops are filled with discussion and debate on his career every Saturday Afternoon .

Fans will be divided in which race they would most like to see him win in 2003 - Ronde van Vlaanderen or Paris Roubaix all will be united in the hope that he does not retire this season from cycling (although he will move into the teams management having signed a three year contract ) .

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Nick Nuyens (Bel) - 5 May 1980 - turned pro 2002 with Domo and lived up to his reputation winning the Ronde van Vlaanderen U23 and a stage and overall in the Vlaanderens Tweedaagse van de Gaverstreek 2002 . “ De Bom van Bevel” will be hoping for further success in 2003.

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Luca Paolini (Ita) - 17 January 1977 - " Gerva " made a great start to his pro career for the Mapei team in 2000 winning stages of the Tour of argentina , Normandy and Avenir . Things have continued to go well for the man from Milan - good all round results including victory in the GP Lugano 2001 and an excellent win in the prestigious Giro del Piemonte 2002 . Top prospect .

Domenico Passuello (Ita) - 24 March 1978 - First year pro with Colombia Selle Italia 2002 - came 4th in the Tour du Lac Leman . Likes surfing and Led Zepplin (though presumably not at the same time)


Michael Rogers (Aus) - 20 December 1979 - Class act against the watch - a victory in the 2000 Tour Down Under and other impressive results were good enough for Mapei to sign him in 2001 . Good results that year ( 2nd GP Eddy Merckx 2nd Duo Normandy ) were improved upon in 2002 with a stage and overall in the Tour Down Under ( a title he will defend very shortly ) and overall victory in the GP Cycliste de Beauce . “Dodger” ended his season on a high with an excellent 8th place in the Worlds Time Trial in Zolder.

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Patrick Sinkewitz (Ger) - 20 October 1980 - Another former rider from the Mapei espoirs which dominated that level last year . 8th in the Regio Tour 2001 , 2002 saw an excellent win in the GP Winterthur . Solid all rounder with great prospects .

Bram Tankink (Ned) - 3 December 1978 - Riding for Löwik Meubelen - Tegeltoko “The Tank” won both Rund um Köln Espoirs and the Netherlands Espoirs road race in 2000. First year pro in 2002 with Domo- Farm Frites another youngster to watch with interest .

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Kurt van de Wouwer (Bel) - 24 September 1971 - experience pro and very solid in the major Tours , finished three times in the top twenty in the Tour de France . Became pro in 1993 with Lotto had a season with Vlaanderen in 1997 before rejoining Lotto until 2002 .Only 5 victories in that time , Kurt is nonetheless a very respected rider in the peloton . Recruited presumably to help Virenque in the Tour.

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Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) - 28 November 1980 - Victory in the U23 Liege Bastogne Liege in 2000 brought a contract from Domo . Two solid years culminating in finishing a Grand tour at the first attempt (Vuelta España 2002 finished 116) demonstrate his potential as an all rounder ,


Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) - 6 November 1974 . 50 victories since turning pro aged 20 with Lotto in 1994 . Sadly there has not been a " Frankie Boy " victory since he took two stages of the Vuelta a Espana in 1999 . He also won both Het Volk and Liege Bastogne Liege that year .

Since then Frank has rarely been out of the headlines - but never celebrating a glorious victory.

His huge number of loyal fans will be hoping that a new team will mean a new start for one of the most talented cyclists of the last ten years .

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Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) - 14 January 1981 - Young - Talented - Multi-disciplined rider . Won the Grote Prijs Briek Schotte 2002 as a first year pro for Domo ( incidentally Max Van Heeswijk the new US Postal signing was 6th that day - and was also riding for Domo ) . Top prospect.

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Richard Virenque (Fra) - 19 November 1969 - With the retirement of Jalabert the man from Casablanca finds himself the elder statesman of French cycling , and few pretenders for the crown . Sections of the French Press were hoping for the prodigal son to return to a French team - however “the Scorpion” remembers that it was Lefevere who had faith in him after the Festina Affair caught up with him

”I still had a year of my contract at Domo. Domo does not exist any more and I was taken to Quick Step via Patrick Lefevere. It is as simple as that. Patrick was the only person , at the time, to trust me and to show confidence in me . It would have been improper if I had left him .I like the atmosphere in this team , even if in 2002, I had to adapt to a team which was not built for the Tour.

“This season , that the team is balanced better: there are those riders for the Classics on one side, and Tour riders on the other. I have known Kurt Van de Wouwer for a long time . I am delighted to learn that he is happy to ride with me

Virenque will never forget his doping problems but is determined to win another mountain stage on the Tour de France in his 13th season as a professional,

"I can never forget what happened. It is still there in my mind," Virenque said."It was a difficult time for me but now I'm stronger mentally. I was under attack every day and thought my career was over but I had the strength and determination to come back every time and I'm still here ready to start another new season. I'm proud of how I've managed to continue racing and I think other riders in the sport respect me for how I survived. It's part of my past but it's still there in my mind."

"I love cycling, it's my life and I'm passionate about it. Physically I'm in good shape and I'm still competitive so I hope to carry on until 2004.I want to ride at the Olympic Games in Athens because I also rode in Atlanta and Sydney. I'll be 35 in 2004 but I think I can make it to Athens .For me 2003 will be an important season. Quick Step is a good team and I think we'll have a good season. We're all motivated and there's a good team spirit," Virenque said.

"I hope to win a major mountain stage in the Tour de France and also do well in the world championships in Canada at the end of the season .I've won several mountain stages on the Tour de France in places such as Morzine, La Plagne Luz-Ardiden and at Mont Ventoux last year but I've never won at L'Alpe d'Huez."

Piotr Wadecki (Pol) - 11 February 1973 - turned pro in 1997-2000 Mroz and was very prolific winner races for that great team ( 1997 5 stages Tour of Japan , 1999 3 stages and overall Karkonosze Tour 2000 Wilmington Classic , 3 stages Tour of Egypt ) . Clearly a rider of potential he joined Domo Farm Frites in 2001 and things went well in his first season with victories in Paris Nice and Giro di Lucca ) . 2002 was marred by injury in the Tirreno-Adriatico. A man with a great instinct of getting in the right break , he will also be invaluable to Virenque’s hunt for stage glory in the Tour.

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