Omega Pharma-Quick Step target World Championship success

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Omega Pharma-Quick-Step believe they can defend their team time trial title at the Road World Championships on Sunday.

The Belgian team have won the World Championship team time trial for the last two years in a row and a win on Sunday would mean collecting gold for a third successive time.

Strong squad

The squad which will try to defend their title include Tony Martin, Tom Boonen, Michal Kwiatkowski, Pieter Serry, Niki Terpstra and Julien Vermote.

With riders such as Martin it is easy to see why Omega have been so dominant during the last few years because he is, in my opinion, the best time trial rider in the world.

There are teams that are capable of challenging Omega for the title but it is hard to see past the current champions. BMC have a very strong squad and could cause some problems as well as Orica-GreenEDGE who always do well in time trial events. The Australian team finished second in last year's World Championships.

Omega's sports director Tom Steels believes the team is good enough to defend their title and praises all of the riders taking part.

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Steels confident

According to Cycling Weekly. he said: “The parcours looks more difficult than the one of last year, more technical for sure.

“But fortunately we will have three days to get into the rhythm of the race, to study details and prepare as best we can.

“The team is strong. We believe this team can repeat the success of the first two attempts. All the guys showed they are in good condition for the race where they each competed in the last week.

“We have Tony Martin, who is the core as three-time UCI world TT champion. Then we have Niki Terpstra, who is a guarantee to perform in this effort as he was on the world championship team the last two years.

“Then we have Michal Kwiatkowski, who was a part of the team last year and showed his strength at Tour of Britain a few days ago.

“Tom Boonen is also there. He can’t wait to be a part of the team again after the experience of 2012 gold medal in Valkenburg.

“Then we have the two new rider selections in Pieter Serry and Julien Vermote. Serry was selected for the Belgian world TT championship team, which shows his prowess and his condition for the chrono. Vermote just won a [stage] at the Tour of Britain with a long breakaway and solo victory.

“Both guys showed their ability and also their improvement, particularly through working on time trials with the help of Specialized. So the team is really competitive and ready to play a role in Ponferrada.”

Gold medal?

With such a strong team heading to Spain for the team time trial I can only see the gold medal going to one team and that is Omega Pharma-Quick-Step.

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