Quick Step’s Omloop Training Ride – Photo Essay

To tide you over until our Belgian Opening Weekend Preview, here’s a terrific set of photos from Quick Step’s pre-race training ride help earlier in the week.  All photos by Tim Van Wichelen–for more terrific imgaes from Tim and his colleagues, head to Cyclingview.

Bikes prepped…

…and cars packed.

Time to hit the road!

Devolder tests his legs on on De Haaghoek, the first cobbled section.

The Muur.

The Molenberg.

Wind, rain, and cobbles–it must be spring in Belgium!

About Whit

My experiences might easily fit many cycling fans' definitions of “living the dream.” Since getting hooked on the sport watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship, I've raced as an amateur on Belgian cobbles, traveled Europe to help build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux. As a former assistant director sportif with Mercury-Viatel, I've also seen the less dreamy side of the sport – the side rife with broken contracts, infighting, and positive dope tests. These days, I live with my lovely wife in Pennsylvania and share my experiences and views on the sport at Bicycling Magazine, the Embrocation Cycling Journal, and at my own site, Pavé.
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