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Gallery: Boonen and Cavendish race at Gent track

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Tom Boonen waves to the crowd

Tom Boonen waves to the crowd
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Petacchi lead Cavendish on the track

Petacchi lead Cavendish on the track
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep put on a show for their fans

Omega Pharma-QuickStep put on a show for their fans
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep put on a show for their fans

Omega Pharma-QuickStep put on a show for their fans
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The Omega Pharma QuickStep team on the track in Gent

The Omega Pharma QuickStep team on the track in Gent
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Belgian's number one team on show

Belgian's number one team on show
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The Omega Pharma QuickStep team on the track in Gent

The Omega Pharma QuickStep team on the track in Gent
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The Omega Pharma QuickStep team on the track in Gent

The Omega Pharma QuickStep team on the track in Gent
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Mark Cavendish keeps his eyes on his teammates

Mark Cavendish keeps his eyes on his teammates
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The Omega Pharma QuickStep team strung out

The Omega Pharma QuickStep team strung out
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Mark Cavendish shares a moment with his family

Mark Cavendish shares a moment with his family
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Niki Terpstra and Iljo Keisse

Niki Terpstra and Iljo Keisse
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Tom Steels plays his part in the team presentation

Tom Steels plays his part in the team presentation
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Cavendish opens his sprint from second place

Cavendish opens his sprint from second place
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Mark Cavendish salultes the crowd at the velodrome in Gent

Mark Cavendish salultes the crowd at the velodrome in Gent
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Mark Cavendish and Gianni Meersman

Mark Cavendish and Gianni Meersman
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Crowd favourite Tom Boonen

Crowd favourite Tom Boonen
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Mark Cavendish waves to the crowd

Mark Cavendish waves to the crowd
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British national road champion Mark Cavendish

British national road champion Mark Cavendish
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Mark Cavendish salultes the crowd in Belgium

Mark Cavendish salultes the crowd in Belgium
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The Omega Pharma team light up the track in Gent

The Omega Pharma team light up the track in Gent
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The Omega Pharma team for 2014

The Omega Pharma team for 2014
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Mark Cavendish and Gianni Meersman

Mark Cavendish and Gianni Meersman
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The sprint derny is followed by Mark Cavendish, Gianni Meersman, Tom Steels, Alessandro Petacchi, Tom Boonen and Iljo Keisse

The sprint derny is followed by Mark Cavendish, Gianni Meersman, Tom Steels, Alessandro Petacchi, Tom Boonen and Iljo Keisse
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Riders follow the derny around the track

Riders follow the derny around the track
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Riders roll around the boards

Riders roll around the boards
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The white of Mark Cavendish''s national champion jersey was easy to spot against the black team kit

The white of Mark Cavendish''s national champion jersey was easy to spot against the black team kit
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The team strung out

The team strung out
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Mark Cavendish at the presentation

Mark Cavendish at the presentation
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The OPQS team on the boards

The OPQS team on the boards
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Mark Cavendish surrounded by teamates

Mark Cavendish surrounded by teamates
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Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team, for the second year in a row, had a track-based team presentation at the Eddy Merckx Velodrome in Gent. The event on Tuesday was sold out, with 1,700 attendees able to watch a full evening of fun and interactive events surrounding the presentation of Omega Pharma-QuickStep riders and staff for the 2014 season.

"This was a really great and unique show and I'm super happy to be here," British Champion and sprint extraordinaire Mark Cavendish said of the team presentation. "It was fun for everyone, even my daughter Delilah had a great time. I couldn't believe how many fans we had cheering for us and it was fantastic to get on the track with the guys in front of them all."

Riders were introduced while riding around the velodrome, and they also raced against each other in various special track events.

"I'm really happy to start my season off with this kind of event following my struggles of last year," OPQS team leader Tom Boonen said. "I'm as in shape as I have been previous years and am doing great. I had a smile on my face the entire time during this presentation for the public. I even won an event, which was a nice touch for me. This does not feel like an obligatory show for the sponsors and fans. I really enjoyed doing this in front of such an impressive crowd. Sometimes team presentations can be boring, but this has been far from it. For us, the fans, the media, the VIPS, and everyone else here it was super fun."

"The team is looking brilliant across all aspects of cycling," Cavendish said. "The grand tours, for example the Tour de France, we're going to go and win stages. Rigoberto Uran is here and he will be the guy at the Giro for the hilly stages and maybe even the hilly Classics. Then, of course, Tom's back and in incredible condition for the northern Classics this year. We've also got world champion Tony Martin in superb form. Then finally we're the two-time defending world team time trial champions. It's an incredible, formidable line-up this year and I'm so excited to be starting as part of this team in my second year."

After today's outstanding team presentation, OPQS looks next to the first races of the season, the Tour de San Luis and the Tour Down Under.