OPQS Pleased with Tirreno Results

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team rider closed out Tirreno-Adriatico with a 52.992km/h average pace in the 9.2km Stage 7 ITT, which was enough for a victory by six seconds on Tuesday.

Martin finished with a time of 10’25″, pushing enough power to pass riders on a short distance time trial course. (-Merida) was 2nd (+6″), and () was 3rd, 10″ back.

also finished 8th (+21″), and won the White Jersey for Best Young Rider. Furthermore, he finished 4th (+53″) in the GC. (Astana) won the overall, ( ProCycling) was 2nd, 23″ back, and Alberto Contador () was 3rd, 52″ back.

This is the 15th win, in three disciplines, for OPQS in 2013. OPQS also won the opening TTT at Tirreno-Adriatico. As a result of the good performances at — including a Stage 6 victory of Sylvain Chavanel — as well as Tirreno-Adriatico, OPQS moves up from 9th to 3rd in the UCI WorldTour rankings (138 points).

“It was more like a prologue than really a time trial,” Martin said about the TT parcour. “I prefer the longer time trials, from 20 to 50 kilometers. But, I really liked it here. It was not too technical. It was really nice, and we were lucky with the weather as there was no rain. So, everything was really fine. I expected a really big fight with Cancellara at the end, and the big contender was Malori.  But OK, I won and I’m really happy. It shows me that my time trial condition is really good, and it gives me a lot of morale for the season.”

“I was really looking forward to this day,” Martin continued. “I’m really happy I could win here. This is my first time at Tirreno-Adriatico. I really liked this race, and a week of challenging climbs was very important for my conditioning. As for my performance during the stages that weren’t time trials, it went better day to day.  I still need some time to improve in the mountains, but it is very early in the season. For the moment, I am very happy with this stage win, and also the good GC placement of . He really deserved it. This was a very good week for the team, especially winning both of the time trials.”

“It’s just a really positive atmosphere,” Martin said about the morale of the team. “You can really feel that everyone gives 100 percent — the riders, staff, mechanics, soigneurs, sports directors, really everybody. I am so happy and proud to be a part of this team. I think we really force each other to go to the limit and you really can feel it. A win for one of us is a win for the team. It gives us so much power, and makes everyone so successful. It runs pretty much by itself, I think.”

“I did everything I could — but to be honest, I was a little bit tired after this week even mentally,” Kwiatkowski said about his time trial performance. “This race was not so easy, but it is one I will never forget. It was marvelous to be surrounded by a team that was so supportive of me. I could have maybe done better, but for now it is important to enjoy the fact that I was 4th behind three of the best in the World. For me, I cannot complain about my placement with this kind of competition. I am happy and am looking forward to the next races with great morale.”

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