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Quick Step to focus on the classics in 2010

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Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen and cycling legend Eddy Merckx talk during the team presentation of Quick-Step, at the Velofolies, in Kortrijk.

Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen and cycling legend Eddy Merckx talk during the team presentation of Quick-Step, at the Velofolies, in Kortrijk.
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Team Manager Patrick Lefevere and French cyclist Sylvain Chavanel speak during the team presentation of Quick-Step.

Team Manager Patrick Lefevere and French cyclist Sylvain Chavanel speak during the team presentation of Quick-Step.
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Kurt Hovelynck (Quick Step)

Kurt Hovelynck (Quick Step)
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Kevin De Weert (Quick Step)

Kevin De Weert (Quick Step)
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Dries Devenyns (Quick Step)

Dries Devenyns (Quick Step)
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Dario Cataldo (Quick Step)

Dario Cataldo (Quick Step)
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Eddy Merckx speaks to the audience.

Eddy Merckx speaks to the audience.
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Stijn Devolder (Quick Step)

Stijn Devolder (Quick Step)
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Stijn Devolder (Quick Step)

Stijn Devolder (Quick Step)
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Stijn Devolder is interviewed.

Stijn Devolder is interviewed.
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Tom Boonen's jersey has the stripes of a former World Champion.

Tom Boonen's jersey has the stripes of a former World Champion.
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Tom Boonen at the Quick Step presentation

Tom Boonen at the Quick Step presentation
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Kevin Hulsmans (Quick Step)

Kevin Hulsmans (Quick Step)
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Davide Malacarne (Quick Step)

Davide Malacarne (Quick Step)
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Tom Boonen is lined up with a few of his Quick Step teammates.

Tom Boonen is lined up with a few of his Quick Step teammates.
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Tom Boonen takes a turn at the mike.

Tom Boonen takes a turn at the mike.
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Stijn Devolder (Quick Step)

Stijn Devolder (Quick Step)
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step)

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step)
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Maarten Wynants (Quick Step)

Maarten Wynants (Quick Step)
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Patrick Lefevere introduces Wouter Weylandt.

Patrick Lefevere introduces Wouter Weylandt.
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German Andreas Stauff is a new signing for Quick Step.

German Andreas Stauff is a new signing for Quick Step.
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Francesco Reda (Quick Step)

Francesco Reda (Quick Step)
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Jérôme Pineau (Quick Step)

Jérôme Pineau (Quick Step)
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The Quick Step team introduces Jérôme Pineau.

The Quick Step team introduces Jérôme Pineau.
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There are always questions for Quick Step star sprinter Tom Boonen.

There are always questions for Quick Step star sprinter Tom Boonen.
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step)

Tom Boonen (Quick Step)
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) gets a custom Belgian national champion's jersey.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) gets a custom Belgian national champion's jersey.
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Patrick Lefevere introduced each rider.

Patrick Lefevere introduced each rider.
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Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) strides in.

Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) strides in.
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Carlos Barredo (Quick Step)

Carlos Barredo (Quick Step)
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Team Quick Step for 2010

Team Quick Step for 2010
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Sylvain Chavanel shows off the new kit.

Sylvain Chavanel shows off the new kit.
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Team Quick Step

Team Quick Step
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Iljo Keisse got a share of the attention.

Iljo Keisse got a share of the attention.
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A Quick Step rider eyes his new bike.

A Quick Step rider eyes his new bike.
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Team Quick Step at its 2010 presentation.

Team Quick Step at its 2010 presentation.
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is flanked by teammates.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is flanked by teammates.
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Team Quick Step is run by Patrick Lefevere.

Team Quick Step is run by Patrick Lefevere.
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Belgian Champion Tom Boonen

Belgian Champion Tom Boonen
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Belgian Champion Tom Boonen

Belgian Champion Tom Boonen
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Kevin Hulsmans (Quick Step)

Kevin Hulsmans (Quick Step)
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Sylvain Chavanel answers questions from the media.

Sylvain Chavanel answers questions from the media.
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Sylvain Chavanel is swarmed by journalists.

Sylvain Chavanel is swarmed by journalists.
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Eddy Merckx is always a star, wherever he goes.

Eddy Merckx is always a star, wherever he goes.
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Sylvain Chavanel talks to the press.

Sylvain Chavanel talks to the press.
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Team Quick Step chats while waiting for the photos to begin.

Team Quick Step chats while waiting for the photos to begin.
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Team Quick Step

Team Quick Step
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The Quick Step team will ride Eddy Merckx bikes in 2010.

The Quick Step team will ride Eddy Merckx bikes in 2010.
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The Quick Step team held its official presentation at the Velofollies bike expo in Belgium on Friday, meeting the public in the afternoon and then attending a dinner with 1000 fans, sponsors and supporters in the evening.

Team manager Patrick Lefevere had tried to sign Alberto Contador during the winter but when the Tour de France winner opted to stay with Astana, Quick Step refocused on success in the classics.

Tom Boonen, Stijn Devolder and Sylvain Chavanel will again lead the 27-rider team. In 2010 Boonen is targeting his fourth victory at Paris-Roubaix and a third win at Ronde van Vlaanderen. Only Roger De Vlaeminck has ever won Paris-Roubaix four times. Somewhat surprisingly, Boonen revealed he would not try and win the green jersey at the Tour de France.

Devolder is looking for a third consecutive win at Ronde van Vlaanderen but wants to extend his classics campaign and target Liege-Bastogne-Liege. After his poor overall performance at the Tour de France in recent years, Devolder may miss this year’s race and focus instead on the Vuelta. Chavanel told Cyclingnews that he will target Paris-Nice and then the classics.

New signing at Quick Step include Belgian track star IIjo Keisse, German sprinter Andreas Stauff and Nikolas Maes. Patrick Lefevere also expected from young stage race rider Kevin Seeldraeyers to step up after winning the best young rider’s jersey at the 2009 Giro d’Italia and finishing 14th in his first Tour de France.

"I'll sign with my eyes closed for the same Spring results as last year. But I would like to again be a player at the Tour," Lefevere said.

"Tom Boonen has already won sprints in the Tour, but he has some fast rivals. The trick is to adapt to the surrounding, like a chameleon. There are not five Tom Boonens in the peloton, he can do it."

"I think that we will change tactics with Stijn. The "carte blanche" idea for the Tour doesn't work. Stijn will be strong in the Spring. We’ll et him race freely then. Then he can build up slowly for the national champs and during the Tour, he can do a training camp at altitude and then peak in autumn."


Despite the presence of Devolder and Chavanel in the team, Boonen is consider the team leader at Quick Step and has to shoulder the expectations of the cycling mad Flemish fans and media.

“It’s a bit different to it used to be, as we had Bettini beforehand, who shared a lot of responsibility with me. There was also Pozzato,” he said.

“I won't go after the green jersey at the Tour but rather the prologue and the stage finishes in Brussels and Spa. I want to see what I can do on the stage to Spa. I want to make it hard for Fabian Cancellara in the time trials."