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Lefevere still waiting on Stybar

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The 2011 Quick Step team

The 2011 Quick Step team
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Sylvain Chavanel will lead co-lead the team in the Classics

Sylvain Chavanel will lead co-lead the team in the Classics
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Tom Boonen gets some rest before the season starts

Tom Boonen gets some rest before the season starts
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The team pick up the pace in the hills around Calpe, Spain

The team pick up the pace in the hills around Calpe, Spain
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The riders gather before their morning training ride

The riders gather before their morning training ride
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Riders pose for a sponsorship photoshoot

Riders pose for a sponsorship photoshoot
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Tom Boonen is all smiles at the team training camp in Calpe, Spain

Tom Boonen is all smiles at the team training camp in Calpe, Spain
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Tom Boonen will be the main leader in the major races

Tom Boonen will be the main leader in the major races
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Dries Devenyns starts his third season with Quick Step

Dries Devenyns starts his third season with Quick Step
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Can Gerald Ciolek rescue his career after two disappointing seasons at Milram?

Can Gerald Ciolek rescue his career after two disappointing seasons at Milram?
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Gert Steegmans signed from RadioShack after another tough year

Gert Steegmans signed from RadioShack after another tough year
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New signing Niki Terpstra comes from Milram

New signing Niki Terpstra comes from Milram
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Quick Step are also sponsored by Innergetic, a mattress company

Quick Step are also sponsored by Innergetic, a mattress company
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Patrick Lefevere is still holding out for Zdenek Stybar’s signature but has told Cyclingnews that he will not be dragged deeper into a negotiation battle involving the cyclo-cross rider and his current team, Telenet-Fidea.

The Czech rider’s contract runs out on February 28 but despite Telenet-Fidea having first refusal on any contract offer before that point Lefevere could wait before signing his man as a free agent.

“The ball is still in the court of his manager and Telenet-Fidea. There was an offer but they have to decide if he’s going to stay with the team or leave,” Lefevere told Cyclingnews.

“I don’t want to talk too much about it because I’m only interested if he’s free to move. I don’t want to be involved in a fight for him. If they want to fight between themselves that’s up to them but I’m just going to concentrate on my team. I don’t want to pay him out of a contract, if he wants to do that then that’s fine.”

Stybar has made clear to sections of the press that he wishes to sign for Quick Step, while Lefevere is keen to bolster his team after a number of riders left the team at the end of 2010.

“He knows he’s welcome in the team. He’s a good rider, he makes a lot of publicity and I’m convinced he can be important at the Olympics and he can try things on the road too. He’s an interesting rider but I don’t want to be involved in a fight. If he’s free he’s more than welcome.”

Calpe Training Camp

Quick Step leave for Calpe, Spain in the next few days for there second pre-season training camp. According to Lefevere, team leader Tom Boonen is in fine form as he aims to build up for another Classics campaign.

“He’s in good form. Last time we spoke was at the training camp in Calpe. We have another one coming up in the next few days too.”