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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.

* Stage Tour de l’Avenir
* GP Zele

* 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

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

* 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

* 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

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

* 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

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

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


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

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

* 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.

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

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.

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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Boonen’s Two-Stage-Winning Eddy Merckx Bike

The two best-known stars of Belgian cycling have come together at Quick Step this year. Eddy Merckx bicycles returned to the top echelon of cycling again with the sponsorship of the Belgian ProTour team of Belgian national champion Tom Boonen.

For 2010, Quick Step switched from Specialized to Eddy Merckx bikes. Boonen rides the EMX-5. This year Eddy Merckx, the man, will be 65, and Eddy Merckx the bicycle brand will be 30 years old. At the Tour of Qatar, Eddy Merckx, the man, often rode the mornings before the stages.

Boonen’s frameset is custom in its geometry, but similar in construction to the stock EMX-5 with 46HM 3K carbon fiber. “It only took one month,” Boonen said of the custom process.

Deda Zero100 bars and stem, in aluminum, of course. Saddle maker Prologo also provides the team with handlebar tape.

Quick Step rides wheels from Fast Forward, a Dutch company. These F5C wheels are built with DT Swiss 240s hubs, DT Aerolite spokes and DT brass nipples.

Fast Forward like most wheel companies has a full range of rim depths. The F5C comes in a 50mm height. The set weighs 1,450 grams.

Boonen is on Look’s new Keo Blade, which uses a carbon leaf spring instead of a standard metal coil spring to keep the cleat clipped in. These ti spindle models weigh 195 grams for the set. Tension isn’t adjustable per se, but you can switch out the carbon leaf to increase or decrease tension.

After years of loyally riding the Selle San Marco Regal, Boonen is on Prologo this year. However, he chose a wider model (145mm) than the rest of his teammates, who ride the standard Prologo Scratch Pro in a 134mm width. “I have wider hips so I need a wider saddle,” he said. “After 10 years of racing I know the position I like, and I’m not going to change.”

BBB provides helmets, sunglasses and basic computers, such as this BCP-32W. While many riders now race with power meters, Boonen says he prefers to race on instinct and feel. “You can have this computer,” he said. The top speed recorded on it in Qatar was 72.8kph.

Boonen chats about his Look Keo Blade pedals with Team Sky’s Scott Sunderland and Steven De Jongh.

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Wouter Weylandt takes fifth place in Omloop van het Houtland

Wouter Weylandt in the break

Omloop van het Houtland is a single-day road bicycle race held annually in Lichtervelde in the region of West Flanders, Belgium. Since 2007, the race is organized as a 1.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour.

Omloop van het Houtland Lichtervelde 2010 191.4km
A peloton of 160 riders started in the 66th edition of the Omloop van het Houtland – Lichtervelde today. The beautiful weather conditions inspired the riders. The pace was high during the first hour, the average was 51 km/h. Still four riders managed to slip away. They established a maximum lead of 5,5 minutes, the moment for Team Quick Step to take over control and lead the pursuit. When the escapees reached the local laps their advantage was only 2 minutes. With 30 kilometres to go the peloton caught the escapees. Despite a late attack of two riders the race ended in a bunch sprint. The Dutch rider Van Dijk outsprinted Van Hummel and Blythe, taking his fifth season win. Wouter Weylandt, just returned from the Vuelta a España, ended in fifth place. Frederique Robert ended just outside the top-10 in a 13th place.

Team Quickstep

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