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Andy McGrath (cyclingweekly) tweeted: "12 victories for Omega Pharma-Quick Step in one month of racing. That's double what they won in the whole of 2011
#prolific " I had already written the title of this post. Impressing! in this case a team merger was an indubitable success.
Peter Velits is a very good rider and his victory is really well deserved. He showed all his talent (also) in last Vuelta a Espana, in Oman raced smartly, supported for sure by an irreprochable team strategy. Neverthless he won for 1 second. Or better Vincenzo Nibali lost for it.
The decisive moment of the last stage wasn't the finish but the intermediate sprint where a Liquigas jersey was second and we thought Nibali won. It was Sagan. Impossible to say Liquigas made a mistake: I didn't watch the race, don't know how it went exactly. When we read the jury was watching again the tv movie... the race was suddenly re-open. It was Sagan. Nibali had not won yet and the break - Vansummeren, Vande Velde and Ten Dam - was still away when they entered the final circuit. It was over soon and in bunch sprint there was really few that Nibali could do.
But what did change in that team? in those two teams now united in OP-QS? QS was in true crisis last year, moreover his star Tom Boonen was in a bad period too. OP ex Lotto had lost Gilbert in a sea of polemics and you probably remember the 'old' Lotto (with Evans) wasn't exactly a winning team. I don't see radical changes in the staff. And a new team rarely is so effective in its first season.
I am really curious: will investigate -as far as I can! and of course I will be happy to read your opinion about.
RadioShack Nissan Trek is also a new team just born by a merger. It won AGAIN the best team classification. Two on two. That's something. In add: Tony Gallopin is the White Jersey and 3th on the final podium. That's simply great.
Mergers work, dosn't they? ;)Stage
|1||Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i||3:11:04|
|2||Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale|
|3||Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda|
|4||Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team|
|5||Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat|
|6||Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale|
|7||Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team|
|8||Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep|
|9||Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia|
|10||Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team|
|11||Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team|
|12||Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team|
|13||Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan|
|14||Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling|
|1||Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep||21:32:02|
|2||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale||0:00:01|
|3||Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan||0:00:17|
|4||Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat||0:00:21|
|5||Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat||0:00:30|
|6||Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team|
|7||Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team||0:00:47|
|8||Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda||0:00:49|
|9||Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor||0:00:50|
|10||Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan||0:00:52|
|11||Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team||0:01:15|
|12||Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team||0:01:18|
|13||Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor||0:01:30|
|14||Jakob Fuglsang (Den) RadioShack-Nissan||0:01:33|
|15||Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep||0:01:54|
|32||Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan||0:04:59|
|1||Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale||53||pts|
|1||Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan||21:32:19|
|2||Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team||0:00:13|
|3||Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda||0:00:32|
|1||Klaas Lodewijck (Bel) BMC Racing Team||15||pts|
|3||Rabobank Cycling Team||0:01:45|