OPQS to Tour de Suisse

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Team has announced the selection that will participate in , a 1,301.4km stage race from June 8th until June 16th. The 2013 edition s a Stage 1, 8.1km TT, chances for climbers in the s for Stage 2 (161km) and Stage 7 (206km), and a final stage TT of 26.8km, which includes an uphill approach to the finish. There are multiple medium stages, and a sprint finale is most likely on Stage 4.

“The race will be hard since the beginning,” Sport Director Wilfried Peeters said. “After the Prologue in fact we will have immediately an uphill finish in Crans-Montana. Then every day the parcour will present a few climbs. The last time trial will be very challenging, with a time trial including a steep final 10 kilometers. For the GC, we can count on , but we will see also day-by-day how to move the team in function of the parcour. The guys are in good shape and we will do our best for a good result.”

“In the last four weeks I trained a lot to be ready for the upcoming races,” Velits said. “However, I didn’t race since Finanzplatz Eschborn – Frankfurt, so I don’t know my condition in comparison to my competitors. I like the course of this and think it suits me if I have a good feeling. The stage on Sunday with the uphill final at Crans – Montana will be immediately important. Then, every day the race will be exigent, and in the last days of the race we will have again the high s. I know these s from a training camp I did in this area in the past, but my race rhythm will be decisive for my . I am ready to fight with a strong team around me, and we will see day-by-day.”

08.06–16.06 (SUI) WT
Riders (BEL)
Kevin De Weert (BEL)
Bert Grabsch (GER)
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL)
Sports DirectorWilfried Peeters (BEL)
Rik van Slycke (BEL)
08.06.13PrologueQuinto – Quinto0.0 km (ITT)
09.06.13Stage 1Quinto – Crans-Montana161.3 km
10.06.13Stage 2Montreux – Meiringen203.3 km
11.06.13Stage 3Innertkirchen – Buochs161.0 km
12.06.13Stage 4Buochs – Leuggern176.4 km
13.06.13Stage 5Leuggern – Meilen186.1 km
14.06.13Stage 6Meilen – La Punt206.0 km
15.06.13Stage 7Zernez – Bad Ragaz180.5 km
16.06.13Stage 8Bad Ragaz – Flumserberg26.8 km (ITT)

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