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Tom Steels’ training methods with Team Quick Step in 2011


Tom Steels of Belgium raises his arms as he crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Nantes to Laval, western France July 6 1999.

Team Quick Step is happy to announce that they’ve reached an agreement with Tom Steels for the 2011 season. He’ll sign on as a trainer while also following riders from the team’s car as sports director in some of the races on the international calendar.

“We’re happy to have Tom with us – says Team Manager Patrick Lefevere – After a series of meetings with our staff we managed to work out a deal. His training methods are considered valid and efficient. Tom will also get the chance to put all his experience as a rider and his vision of the race to work for the team as occasional sports director for some particular times during the season.”

“The Powertec training method I use – explains Steels – is based on a scientific approach to training. It’s a system that analyses and elaborates data collected from the athletes through power measuring instruments used by every rider during trainings and competitions to improve their performance. My thanks to the squad for the faith they are showing me. I’m sure that our collaboration will deliver mutual benefits. I’m very happy to be working with one of the strongest teams in the world. I also know many members of this group, whom I’ve already had the chance to work with, back when I was a rider.”

More about Tom Steels…

Tom Steels was a Belgian professional road bicycle racer, specialising in sprint finishes and one-day races. He was one of the top sprinters in the peloton.

Steels began his professional cycling career in 1994 with the Vlaanderen 2002 team , winning eight times in his first two seasons. His breakthrough was after he signed with Mapei in 1996. That year he won Omloop Het Volk, and Gent–Wevelgem. In 1997, he rode in his first Tour de France, and looked capable of a stage win after coming second on Stage 2[2]. However, during the sprint for the finish for the sixth stage he found himself blocked and boxed in by other sprinters and in frustration threw his water bottle at another rider, for which he was thrown out of that year’s Tour [3]

His best season was 1998 when he won the national championship for the second time and returned to the Tour de France to win four stages. He was also national champion in 2002 and 2004 and won five more stages in the Tour. 2006 was his first year as a professional that he failed to win a race.

Victories
1994
* Stage Tour de l’Avenir
* GP Zele

1995
* 1 mei Prijs Hoboken
* Stage West Virginia Mountain Classic
* GP Rik Van Steenbergen
* Dwars door ’t Pajottenland
* Stage Ronde van Nederland
* Grote Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen

1996
* Omloop Het Volk
* Gent–Wevelgem
* Stage, Tour de la Mediterranée
* 2 Stages, Tour of Belgium
* Stage, Volta a la Comunidad Galega
* Kustpijl
* Criterium Aalst

1997
* Belgium national road championship
* Vuelta a Mallorca
* 4 Stages, Paris–Nice
* Stage, Tour de Luxembourg
* Stage, Tour de Suisse
* 2 Stages, Tour de la Région Wallonne
* Schaals Sels Merksem

1998
* 4 Stages, Tour de France
* Belgium national road championship
* Trofeo Pollensa-Alcudia
* Trofeo Magalluff-Calvia
* 2 Stages, Ruta del Sol
* 2 Stages, Parijs-Nice
* Dwars door België
* Criterium Aalst
* Oostrozebeke
* GP Merelbeke

1999
* 3 Stages, Tour de France
* Gent–Wevelgem
* 2 Stages, Ruta del Sol
* Stage, Paris–Nice
* Stage, Driedaagse van de Panne

2000
* 2 Stages, Tour de France
* Stage, Tour de la Mediterrannée
* Stage, Paris – Nice
* Stage, Driedaagse van De Panne
* 2 Stages, Tour de la Région Wallonne

2001
* Stage, Deutschland Tour
* 2 Stages, Tour de Suède

2002
* Belgium national road championship
* Stage, 4-jours de Dunkerque
* Stage, Tour de Catalonia

2003

* Stage, Étoile de Bessèges
* Stage, Tour of Belgium
* Stage, Tour de l’Autriche
* GP Heusden

2004
* Belgium national road championship
* Stage, Étoile de Bessèges
* Stage, Tour de Luxembourg
* 2 Stages, Tour de l’Autriche
* Dernycriterium St Niklaas

2005
* 2 Stages, Étoile de Bessèges
* Stage, Volta ao Algarve
* Stage, Driedaagse van De Panne-Koksijde

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Turbo Trainer – Good Training Device For Bad Weather

Bad weather and hazy evenings can be overcome by a good session indoors on a turbo trainers. The basis idea of the turbo trainer is to provide a stationary support via a folding ‘A’ frame. The bike’s rear wheel is then clamped (over the quick release lever) into the frame and the roller is usually pressed up again the rear tyre.

The turbo trainer is ideal for high quality 20-60 minute work outs, raising your heart-rate to higher levels for fitness gains and to develop cycling-specific muscle. Do not attempt to replicate a long ride on a turbo trainer – you will become very numb and very bored. Concentrate on good quality exercise – most of your sessions will be in Zone 3 to 6.

Here are some training tips for using a turbo trainer:

  • Allow at least 15 minutes to warm up and cool down, using low gears
  • Leg speed intervals: Leg speed intervals are best executed in a moderate gear and will improve your lactate threshold, cadence and ability to repeat high-speed efforts. Accelerate in the saddle and maintain a high cadence (around 100 to 120 RPM) for a minute before recovering for a minute.
  • Power sprints: These sprints aim to produce explosive speed as needed for any sprint situation. Accelerate in a big gear as hard as you can for 10 – 15 seconds. Allow yourself time to recover and repeat this 6 – 8 times.
  • 30-Minute Time Trial: Your objective is to hold your sustainable zone 4 pace for the duration of this ride. Part of the training is learning to pace yourself to ride a steady and sustainable pace for the duration of the time trial. Increase your pace to zone 4 and hold it for 30 minutes. Avoid getting to fast at the beginning. Use a heart rate monitor or power meter to judge your effort. If possible, record your speed and HR/power during this session and compare it to another 30-minute time trial to determine if you are able to ride faster at a similar HR or power.
  • Recovery spin: Purpose of recovery spin is to loosen up stiff, sore legs and to circulate blood to flush out waste products. This should be ridden in low gear with less resistance at a fairly high cadence (85-100RPM) It should feel as though there is no pressure on the legs. Total workout length 30-45 minutes.

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Wouter Weylandt just misses win in Sluitingsprijs


The peloton in full sprint with 100m to go.

Today the peloton started in the Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapelen, the traditional final race of the Belgian cycling season. A five man lead group dominated the race, but in the eleventh and final local lap they were caught by the peloton. So a bunch sprint had to bring the decision in this last Belgian race of 2010. Wouter Weylandt was looking for another win, but he was beated by Adam Blythe. Weylandt had to be satisfied with a second place.

The race was also Tom Boonen’s final race of a troubled 2010 season. The Quick Step team leader has opted not to ride the Giro del Piemonte on Thursday and will now focus on completing his rehabilitation treatment on his knee.

Result
1. Adam Blythe (GB)
2. Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step
3. Stefan van Dijk (Ned)

36.Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
78. Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Quick Step
79. Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step
106. Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step
126. Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step


Wouter Weylandt put up an impressive sprint but he was beated by Adam Blythe


Podium (l-r): 2nd: Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step), 1st: Adam Blythe (Omega Pharma – Lotto), 3rd: Stefan Van Dijck (Verandas Willems)

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Paris-Tours: Weylandt finishes 8th; Dario Cataldo wins GP Beghelli

Paris-Tours
Belgian rider Nikolas Maes dominated Paris-Tours with a long breakaway. Together with Saramotins, Flecha, Pichon, Jorgensen, Meyer, Krivtsov and Geschke he was in the front for a long time. The eight escapees took a maximum lead of 4 minutes, but the peloton kept them under control. After 203,5 kilometres Geschke attacked on the Côte du Crochu, Maes was the only one who could follow him. They took a small lead, while their former companions were caught with 20 kilometres. Five kilometres later Maes and Geschke were caught also.

The peloton prepared itself for a bunch sprint then, the last one on the Avenue de Grammont. The planned tramway will relocate the finish before next year’s race, making this edition the last to use the classic finish line. In this year’s bunch sprint the Spaniard Freire took the win in front of Furlan and Steegmans. Wouter Weylandt finished the race in 8th place.

8. Wouter Weylandt (Bel)
51. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
87. Matteo Tosatto (Ita) 1.22
92. Kurt Hovelijnck (Bel) 2.29
125. Nikolas Maes (Bel) 5.39
132. Andreas Stauff (Ger) 7.15
136. Tom Boonen (Bel)
167. Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) 11.46


Nikolas Maes in the breakaway


Wouter Weylandt finished the race in 8th place


Tom Boonen rolls in with the pack

GP Beghelli
Italy’s Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) won the GP Beghelli race in Italy with sprint that left his rivals distanced by several bike lengths. Cataldo gave Team Quick Step a beautiful victory in the GP Beghelli. Cataldo was the strongest in a group sprint after 198 kilometres. The 25-year-old Team Quick Step rider edged out a small group of about 15 riders in a final sprint, after the group broke away from the peloton on the Zappolino slope, around 5 kilometers prior to arrival. Cataldo started the sprint early, but managed to fence off attacks from Jacob Fulgsang and Daniele Pietropolli, edging them out on the Monteveglio finish line. At the podium in Monteveglio Cataldo was accompanied by Fuglsang and Pietropolli.

“I’m very happy both for myself and the team”, said Cataldo after his first individual success in his career. “I got close to victory more than once this season. My dream of a stage win at the Giro d’Italia lasted until about a few meters from the finish line during the L’Aquila stage. Eventually success came today, in a race that is maybe not ideal for my characteristics as a rider. I felt really good this morning and I think I managed to exploit in the best possible way the only point in the race where a difference could be made: the Zappolino slope. During the sprint I only thought about giving everything that I had left, without looking at my opponents. I really, really wanted this win! This success is a reward to my consistence in the 2010 season. Now the Giro di Lombardia awaits me. I would like to do well in that race both for myself and for the team… and in order to honor my season once again.”


Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) opened a gap on the climb to the finish


Dario Cataldo (Quick Step) left his rivals well behind him on the rising


Trophy for Dario Cataldo (Quick Step Cycling Team)

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Let’s give our full support to Quick Step Cycling Team

Team QUICK STEP will be working on several fronts during this weekend of races. In Italy the riders from the Belgian team will be lining up for the start of the Giro dell’Emilia on Saturday the 9th, and for the GP Beghelli on Sunday, October 10th. Meanwhile, on the same Sunday in France, QUICK STEP riders will be busy in the Paris-Tours, the Classic dedicated to the fastest wheels from the group.

PARIS-TOURS (2130hrs @ Eurosport LIVE)
Event Data: 10/10/2010
Riders: Tom Boonen, Sylvain Chavanel, Kurt Hovelijnck, Kevin Hulsmans, Nikolas Maes, Andreas Stauff, Matteo Tosatto, Wouter Weylandt.
D.s: Rik Verbrugghe.

GP BEGHELLI
Event Date: 10/10/2010
Riders: Dario Cataldo, Dries Devenyns, Addy Engels, Mauro Facci, Branislau Samoilau, Kevin Seeldraeyers, Thomas Vedel Kvist, Marco Velo.
D.s: Davide Bramati & Luca Guercilena.

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Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step) takes the final stage of the Circuit Franco-Belge


Wouter Weylandt won the final stage of the Circuit Franco-Belge

He was close in the third stage in the Franco-Belge with a second place, today Wouter Weylandt took revanche and won the final stage of this stage race. In the stage to Tournai Weylandt was involded in an early escape group, with also Tom Boonen involved. Their attempt didn`t succeed, just like other breakaways was neutralized by the bunch. In the group sprint former Quick-Stepper Steegmans launched the sprint from far, but Weylandt overtook him and gained his sixth win of this season.

It was a really hard stage – Weylandt said after victoriously ending the stage – Wind made the race even tougher. Our average speed during the race was near 50 km per hour. I must thank all of my team for the great job they did. Boonen has been magnificent managing the competition until the very final stages. Then the rest of the team guided me perfectly. We sticked together and this is the result. I’m satisfied.”

Before the peloton reached the final lap on the circuit, Tom Boonen abandoned the race after working very hard for the team. “The race was challenging and the circuit was tough”, Boonen said. “I worked to support Wouter and I’m really happy he won. Team work paid off. As far as I’m concerned, it was a good four days without feeling any pain in my knee. I’m tired but satisfied of the work done.”

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Tom Boonen is back to racing but missed World Championship opportunity


Tom Boonen (Quick Step) is racing for the first time since June having recovered from a knee injury. Is he on his new EMX-7?

Boonen sees Geelong Worlds as missed opportunity
The world championship course in Geelong was tailor-made for Tom Boonen. Unfortunately the Belgian sprinter missed out on the chance of winning a second rainbow jersey because he is recovering from a knee surgery. Boonen won the Worlds title in Madrid in 2005 on a similar course.

“You only get two or three chances in life to be world champion. This was perhaps my second,” Boonen admitted told Sporza.

“Hindsight is always easy, but if I had been fit, I would surely have been in the final group,” he said. “Whether I would also have won, that’s a different question.”

The QuickStep rider didn’t watch much of the race, as he was riding in the Circuit Franco-Belge. “I only saw the last two kilometers. And then the rebroadcast. I’m not an early bird!” he said.

The Belgian said that he was happy for new world champion Thor Hushovd.

“He deserved to be world champion. I had already seen that he looked very sharp in training.” Both riders live in Monaco, and Boonen expects to congratulate Hushovd for his win there, later this week.

The short French-Belgian stage race was Boonen’s first competitive race since the Tour de Suisse in June. Although the first three stages ended in mass sprints, he did not participate in any of them and he did not start the final stage.

The good news was that his knee didn’t hurt. “I can go home with a good feeling. The knee did not act up and I never had to force myself.”

The bad news, though, was in the pouring rain on Saturday, “I noticed that a certain fear has crept into my head: the fear of crashing again. It will take some time before that feeling is gone.”

Boonen will continue with his autumn program of racing but doesn’t expect to win this year. “Next week Paris-Tours is on the program. Just riding it to the end would please me very much,” he said. “It’s about going into the winter with a good feeling.”

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