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Gallery: Omega Pharma-QuickStep mechanics working amidst history

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Team bobble heads for Boonen, Johan Museeuw and Paolo Bettini

Team bobble heads for Boonen, Johan Museeuw and Paolo Bettini
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Jack is the team's 'guardian angel' at the Omega-Pharma-QuickStep service course

Jack is the team's 'guardian angel' at the Omega-Pharma-QuickStep service course
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A signed Boonen jersey sits ready to be shipped out

A signed Boonen jersey sits ready to be shipped out
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SRAM kit out the team

SRAM kit out the team
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The team store a year's worth of caps for the riders

The team store a year's worth of caps for the riders
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Riders go through racing gloves quickly so it's important to stock up

Riders go through racing gloves quickly so it's important to stock up
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Each rider has their own kit box which is topped up on a regular basis

Each rider has their own kit box which is topped up on a regular basis
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A wall of Tacx bottles for the Omega-Pharma QuickStep team

A wall of Tacx bottles for the Omega-Pharma QuickStep team
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 The team have a vast merchandising operation at their service course too

The team have a vast merchandising operation at their service course too
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Tom Boonen's green jersey from the 2007 Tour de France

Tom Boonen's green jersey from the 2007 Tour de France
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 The team created a one-off jersey to celebrate Paolo Bettini’s Olympic, Worlds and national road title

The team created a one-off jersey to celebrate Paolo Bettini’s Olympic, Worlds and national road title
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Sylvain Chavanel's road bike from the 2010 season

Sylvain Chavanel's road bike from the 2010 season
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Zdeněk Štybar's cyclo-cross bike

Zdeněk Štybar's cyclo-cross bike
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Tom Boonen's Venge has all his wins decorating the down tube

Tom Boonen's Venge has all his wins decorating the down tube
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Tom Boonen's Venge has all his wins decorating the down tube

Tom Boonen's Venge has all his wins decorating the down tube
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep have a number of their favourite bikes on show at their service course

Omega Pharma-QuickStep have a number of their favourite bikes on show at their service course
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Johan Museeuw's 2002 Paris-Roubaix winning bike is stored upstairs at the Quick Step Service Course and still has the mud and dirt from the race

Johan Museeuw's 2002 Paris-Roubaix winning bike is stored upstairs at the Quick Step Service Course and still has the mud and dirt from the race
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A signed jersey from Tom Boonen hangs on the wall

A signed jersey from Tom Boonen hangs on the wall
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Specialized provide the bike bags as well as the bikes

Specialized provide the bike bags as well as the bikes
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Spare bikes litter the service course but each frame is used for a purpose throughout the seasn

Spare bikes litter the service course but each frame is used for a purpose throughout the seasn
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Hit the showers: The service course has it's own cleaning area for the bikes post race

Hit the showers: The service course has it's own cleaning area for the bikes post race
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SRAM are a major component supplier for the team

SRAM are a major component supplier for the team
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The Zipp wheels lined up ahead of the Tour of Flanders

The Zipp wheels lined up ahead of the Tour of Flanders
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A team mechanic strips down one of the bikes from Gent-Wevelgem

A team mechanic strips down one of the bikes from Gent-Wevelgem
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The Zipp wheels for the upcoming classics

The Zipp wheels for the upcoming classics
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A team mechanic strips down one of the bikes from Gent-Wevelgem

A team mechanic strips down one of the bikes from Gent-Wevelgem
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The Specialized bikes at the Omega Pharma QuickStep service course

The Specialized bikes at the Omega Pharma QuickStep service course
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Domo-Farm Frites were based at the Wevelgem Service course in 2001 and 2002

Domo-Farm Frites were based at the Wevelgem Service course in 2001 and 2002
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The Zipp wheels on show at the service course in Belgium

The Zipp wheels on show at the service course in Belgium
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The team cars arrive back after Gent-Wevelgem

The team cars arrive back after Gent-Wevelgem
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It's not about the bike: the team also house nutritional goods

It's not about the bike: the team also house nutritional goods
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The frames from Paris-Nice still have their numbers attached

The frames from Paris-Nice still have their numbers attached
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The wheel for the Tour of Flanders

The wheel for the Tour of Flanders
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A team mechanic checks over one of the bikes from Gent-Wevelgem

A team mechanic checks over one of the bikes from Gent-Wevelgem
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The way we were: Servais Knaven, the late Frank Vandenbroucke, Richard Virenque, Bram Tankink, Paolo Bettini, Tom Boonen and Johan Museeuw

The way we were: Servais Knaven, the late Frank Vandenbroucke, Richard Virenque, Bram Tankink, Paolo Bettini, Tom Boonen and Johan Museeuw
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The team's nutrition is of major importance and the service course provides a constant supply

The team's nutrition is of major importance and the service course provides a constant supply
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While Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack) puts his feet up at home and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) toys with the entire peloton like a cat with a ball of string at De Panne, Omega Pharma-QuickStep are hurriedly putting their final touches to their Tour of Flanders preparation.

On the road, Tom Boonen is fighting for every race mile he can get while Sylvain Chavanel and Niki Terpstra hone their form ahead of Sunday’s Ronde.

As the defending champions Omega Pharma-QuickStep have a measurable amount of pressure on their shoulders but it wasn’t on show when they invited Cyclingnews into their service course base on the outskirts of Wevelgem.

With the team’s bikes from Paris-Nice racked to one side, all attention is on the Classics. On Monday, just as Cyclingnews visit, the team mechanics are busy stripping down and cleaning the bikes from Gent-Wevelgem. On the other side of the team’s arsenal, staff are preparing wheel after wheel for the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Nothing is left to chance, and everything is double and triple checked by the team’s experienced support staff.

Although just a warehouse, the team’s support staff have made something of a home of this place. Posters and newspaper scrapings line the walls and there’s the odd trophy dotted around the shelves for good measure too.

Having been the team’s base since the days of Domo in 2001 there’s the presence of history as well. Johan Museeuw’s wining bike from Paris-Roubaix sits neatly outside Patrick Lefevere’s office, the mud and dirt from the win still gripping the frame.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep will be hoping to add another bike alongside Museeuw’s come Sunday.

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