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Quick-Step Floors meet the press ahead of Belgian opening weekend - Gallery

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Philippe Gilbert hands off to Fernando Gaviria as Iljo Keisse looks on

Philippe Gilbert hands off to Fernando Gaviria as Iljo Keisse looks on
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Philippe Gilbert will be trying for his third win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday.

Philippe Gilbert will be trying for his third win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday.
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Quick-Step's Niki Terpstra and Iljo Keisse wonder if it's snack time yet

Quick-Step's Niki Terpstra and Iljo Keisse wonder if it's snack time yet
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Philippe Gilbert is swarmed by reporters near the end of the Quick-Step press conference

Philippe Gilbert is swarmed by reporters near the end of the Quick-Step press conference
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Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) poses for a photo

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) poses for a photo
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Niki Terpstra reaches for some freshly squeezed orange juice from this cycling-powered machine

Niki Terpstra reaches for some freshly squeezed orange juice from this cycling-powered machine
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Fernando Gaviria and Iljo Keisse hope to figure in the finales for Quick-Step at Omloop and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Fernando Gaviria and Iljo Keisse hope to figure in the finales for Quick-Step at Omloop and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
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Iljo Keisse has become a super domestique for Quick-Step

Iljo Keisse has become a super domestique for Quick-Step
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 Fernando Gaviria poses with Alessandro Tegner and his Algarve leader's jersey from 2016

Fernando Gaviria poses with Alessandro Tegner and his Algarve leader's jersey from 2016
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Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) interviews with media ahead of Omloop and Kuurne

Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) interviews with media ahead of Omloop and Kuurne
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Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) stands for a video interview

Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) stands for a video interview
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Iljo Keisse puts his legs to work on the orange-juice-squeezing machine

Iljo Keisse puts his legs to work on the orange-juice-squeezing machine
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Specators and fans mingle during the team press conference at the Quick-Step Floors Pop-Up Store in the Ring Shopping Center in Kortrijk

Specators and fans mingle during the team press conference at the Quick-Step Floors Pop-Up Store in the Ring Shopping Center in Kortrijk
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Specators and fans mingle during the team press conference at the Quick-Step Floors Pop-Up Store in the Ring Shopping Center in Kortrijk

Specators and fans mingle during the team press conference at the Quick-Step Floors Pop-Up Store in the Ring Shopping Center in Kortrijk
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Riders take the stage for the team press conference at the Quick-Step Floors Pop-Up Store in the Ring Shopping Center in Kortrijk

Riders take the stage for the team press conference at the Quick-Step Floors Pop-Up Store in the Ring Shopping Center in Kortrijk
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Quick-Step manager Patrick Lefevere, director Tom Steels, Zdenek Stybar, Philippe Gilbert, Fernando Gaviria, Iljo Keisse, Niki Terpstra, Yves Lampaert

Quick-Step manager Patrick Lefevere, director Tom Steels, Zdenek Stybar, Philippe Gilbert, Fernando Gaviria, Iljo Keisse, Niki Terpstra, Yves Lampaert
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Phlippe Gilbert, Fernando Gaviria and Iljo Keisse.

Phlippe Gilbert, Fernando Gaviria and Iljo Keisse.
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Zdenek Stybar and Philippe Gilbert

Zdenek Stybar and Philippe Gilbert
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Quick-Step manager Patrick Lefevere

Quick-Step manager Patrick Lefevere
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Philippe Gilbert told gathered reporters that the Molenberg could be the most decisive climb in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Philippe Gilbert told gathered reporters that the Molenberg could be the most decisive climb in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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Quick-Step riders share a laugh during the press conference ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Quick-Step riders share a laugh during the press conference ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
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Specators and fans mingle during the team press conference at the Quick-Step Floors Pop-Up Store in the Ring Shopping Center in Kortrijk

Specators and fans mingle during the team press conference at the Quick-Step Floors Pop-Up Store in the Ring Shopping Center in Kortrijk
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

On Saturday, February 24 and Sunday 25, Cyclingnews will have full live coverage of the men’s races at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, from start to finish, here.

Quick-Step Floors used the occasion of the team's press conference preceding Belgium's 'opening weekend' to announce the team's latest initiative: the grand opening of the Quick-Step Pop-Up Store in the Ring Shopping Centre in Kortrijk, about two hours southwest of Gent.

With just Dries Devenyns missing, the riders who will take on Omloop and its revised finish - Fernando Gaviria, Philippe Gilbert, Iljo Keisse, Yves Lampaert, Zdenek Stybar and Niki Terpstra - assumed their spots centre stage with director Tom Steels and manager Patrick Lefevere, taking questions from the assembled media before breaking off for one-on-one interviews. 

Gilbert, who could tie with Ernest Sterckx ('52, '53, '56), Joseph Bruyère ('74, '75, '80) and Peter Van Petegem ('97, '98, '02) as a three-time winner if he were to take victory on Saturday, was highly sought after, as was Fernando Gaviria, the 23-year-old Colombian sprinter who will be making his first starts in both Omloop Het Neiuwsblad on Saturday and in Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.

Click or swipe through the gallery for a glimpse of the team's press meeting.