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Gallery: On the road with Omega Pharma-QuickStep

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Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen in training near Calpe.

Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen in training near Calpe.
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Tom Boonen speaks to the press during the Omega Pharma-QuickStep pre-season camp in Calpe

Tom Boonen speaks to the press during the Omega Pharma-QuickStep pre-season camp in Calpe
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What's on your iPhone, Gianni?

What's on your iPhone, Gianni?
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All smiles for Omega Pharma-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere at the team's training camp

All smiles for Omega Pharma-QuickStep team manager Patrick Lefevere at the team's training camp
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Tom Boonen, Stijn Vandenbergh and Nikolas Maes have some recovery time in the pool at the team's Calpe training camp

Tom Boonen, Stijn Vandenbergh and Nikolas Maes have some recovery time in the pool at the team's Calpe training camp
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A bit of stretching for Mark Cavendish at the Omega Pharm-QuickStep training camp

A bit of stretching for Mark Cavendish at the Omega Pharm-QuickStep training camp
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Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is eager to put a difficult 2013 season behind him

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is eager to put a difficult 2013 season behind him
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British champion Mark Cavendish in action at the Omega Pharma-QuickStep training camp

British champion Mark Cavendish in action at the Omega Pharma-QuickStep training camp
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Tom Boonen steps into the pool for some recovery time at the Omega Pharma-QuickStep camp in Calpe

Tom Boonen steps into the pool for some recovery time at the Omega Pharma-QuickStep camp in Calpe
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Time to down some recovery drinks after a day on the bike

Time to down some recovery drinks after a day on the bike
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Tom Boonen is looking fit and motivated at Omega Pharma-QuickStep's training camp in Calpe

Tom Boonen is looking fit and motivated at Omega Pharma-QuickStep's training camp in Calpe
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Plenty of blue skies and sunshine in Calpe for Omega Pharma-QuickStep's training camp

Plenty of blue skies and sunshine in Calpe for Omega Pharma-QuickStep's training camp
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British champion Mark Cavendish in action at the Omega Pharma-QuickStep training camp in Calpe

British champion Mark Cavendish in action at the Omega Pharma-QuickStep training camp in Calpe
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep team members putting in the early season miles at their training camp in Calpe

Omega Pharma-QuickStep team members putting in the early season miles at their training camp in Calpe
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep packs quite a punch for sprints courtesy of Alessandro Petacchi and Mark Cavendish

Omega Pharma-QuickStep packs quite a punch for sprints courtesy of Alessandro Petacchi and Mark Cavendish
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Assistant director Brian Holm, too, is getting some miles in at the Omega Pharma-QuickStep camp

Assistant director Brian Holm, too, is getting some miles in at the Omega Pharma-QuickStep camp
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A moment of downtime for Alessandro Petacchi in Calpe

A moment of downtime for Alessandro Petacchi in Calpe
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep is in the midst of a pre-season training camp in Calpe, Spain

Omega Pharma-QuickStep is in the midst of a pre-season training camp in Calpe, Spain
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep management field questions from the press during the squad's training camp in Calpe

Omega Pharma-QuickStep management field questions from the press during the squad's training camp in Calpe
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by Guoqiang SongTour of Hainan

by Guoqiang SongTour of Hainan
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Tom Boonen mixing it up with the photographers during a training ride

Tom Boonen mixing it up with the photographers during a training ride
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Tom Boonen said he hopes to start his 2014 season strong after one to forget in 2013

Tom Boonen said he hopes to start his 2014 season strong after one to forget in 2013
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep team members on a training ride during their camp in Calpe

Omega Pharma-QuickStep team members on a training ride during their camp in Calpe
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Time trial world champion Tony Martin has a custom paint job on his time trial rig

Time trial world champion Tony Martin has a custom paint job on his time trial rig
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Mark Cavendish is easy to spot in the paceline, resplendent in his British champion's jersey.

Mark Cavendish is easy to spot in the paceline, resplendent in his British champion's jersey.
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Hmmm, what's going on here?

Hmmm, what's going on here?
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep riders roll through a bit of fog during a training ride

Omega Pharma-QuickStep riders roll through a bit of fog during a training ride
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Sunshine and blue skies are plentiful for Omega Pharma-QuickStep at their camp in Calpe

Sunshine and blue skies are plentiful for Omega Pharma-QuickStep at their camp in Calpe
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Members of Omega Pharma-QuickStep roll along in a double paceline at their training camp

Members of Omega Pharma-QuickStep roll along in a double paceline at their training camp
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep team members on a training ride during their camp in Calpe

Omega Pharma-QuickStep team members on a training ride during their camp in Calpe
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Gert Steegmans talks to the peanut gallery via a traffic cone

Gert Steegmans talks to the peanut gallery via a traffic cone
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A familiar sight as Mark Cavendish gives it full gas during some sprint training at the Omega Pharma-QuickStep camp in Calpe

A familiar sight as Mark Cavendish gives it full gas during some sprint training at the Omega Pharma-QuickStep camp in Calpe
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British champion Mark Cavendish inspects his ride

British champion Mark Cavendish inspects his ride
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Mark Cavendish meets the press

Mark Cavendish meets the press
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Martin Velits has the bands of a Slovakian champion on his arms

Martin Velits has the bands of a Slovakian champion on his arms
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General manager Patrick Lefevere meets the troops

General manager Patrick Lefevere meets the troops
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Omega Pharma-Quickstep relaxes seaside at camp

Omega Pharma-Quickstep relaxes seaside at camp
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The time trial bike for Tony Martin sports his world champion's bands

The time trial bike for Tony Martin sports his world champion's bands
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Wilfried Peeters suits up to follow riders on their training

Wilfried Peeters suits up to follow riders on their training
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Omega Pharma-Quickstep directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters

Omega Pharma-Quickstep directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters
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Tony Martin snapping a pic of teammate and Polish champion Michal Kwiatkowski

Tony Martin snapping a pic of teammate and Polish champion Michal Kwiatkowski
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Alessandro Petacchi takes a call

Alessandro Petacchi takes a call
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A last minute adjustment for Tom Boonen

A last minute adjustment for Tom Boonen
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The Omega Pharma-Quickstep riders wait to start their training ride

The Omega Pharma-Quickstep riders wait to start their training ride
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British champion Mark Cavendish in full flight at his team's training camp in Calpe

British champion Mark Cavendish in full flight at his team's training camp in Calpe
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A bit of lead-out work at the Omega Pharma-QuickStep camp as Mark Cavendish launches off the wheel of Tom Boonen

A bit of lead-out work at the Omega Pharma-QuickStep camp as Mark Cavendish launches off the wheel of Tom Boonen
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Tom Boonen winds up his sprint with Mark Cavendish tucked in on his wheel

Tom Boonen winds up his sprint with Mark Cavendish tucked in on his wheel
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A bit of lead-out work at camp for Omega Pharma-QuickStep with Mark Cavendish tucked in on the back

A bit of lead-out work at camp for Omega Pharma-QuickStep with Mark Cavendish tucked in on the back
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Tony Martin's time trial bike awaits

Tony Martin's time trial bike awaits
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Tom Boonen goes over the plan for the day

Tom Boonen goes over the plan for the day
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Gert Steegmans gets set to go ride

Gert Steegmans gets set to go ride
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Michal Kwiatkowski in the Polish champion's kit

Michal Kwiatkowski in the Polish champion's kit
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The 2014 Omega Pharma-Quickstep bike

The 2014 Omega Pharma-Quickstep bike
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An adjustment for Cavendish before the ride

An adjustment for Cavendish before the ride
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Tom Boonen and Omega Pharma-QuickStep pedal in the sun of the Costa Blanca.

Tom Boonen and Omega Pharma-QuickStep pedal in the sun of the Costa Blanca.
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Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen are Omega Pharma-QuickStep's star men.

Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen are Omega Pharma-QuickStep's star men.
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Alessandro Petacchi, Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen with Omega Pharma-QuickStep directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters.

Alessandro Petacchi, Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen with Omega Pharma-QuickStep directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters.
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Tom Boonen chats with Alessandro Petacchi during the Omega Pharma-QuickStep training camp in Calpe.

Tom Boonen chats with Alessandro Petacchi during the Omega Pharma-QuickStep training camp in Calpe.
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Serene blue skies greeted Omega Pharma-QuickStep in Spain.

Serene blue skies greeted Omega Pharma-QuickStep in Spain.
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Omega Pharma-QuickStep have perfect conditions for pre-season training in Calpe.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep have perfect conditions for pre-season training in Calpe.
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Mark Cavendish and his Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammates ride past an orange grove.

Mark Cavendish and his Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammates ride past an orange grove.
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Tom Boonen is fit and motivated for 2014.

Tom Boonen is fit and motivated for 2014.
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On the coast of Spain, in Calpe, and with the BMC team just down the road in Denia, the Omega Pharma QuickStep squad has gathered for its final training camp ahead of the 2014 road season.

Although new signings Rigoberto Uran and Mark Renshaw were absent as they prepare for the 2014 season and their first objectives, the team’s Classics contingent are on hand, with a motivated Tom Boonen ready to make amends for an injury-hit 2013 season that saw him crash out of the Tour of Flanders and miss Paris-Roubaix.

Sprinter Mark Cavendish is also using the training camp to fine tune his form as he looks ahead to another year of goals that will centre around the Tour de France in July.

Now in his second season with the Belgian team, Cavendish has improved his lead-out train still further, with Renshaw adding to the already strong firepower that included the likes of Alesandro Petacchi, who arrived in August of last year, and Gert Steegmans. The signing of the Australian lead-out man him up with Cavendish once again after their fruitful spell together at Team High Road.

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