Cavendish Gets Debut Victory for OPQS

Oct 20, 2009
<p><i>Courtesy Omega Pharma-Quick Step</i></p><p>
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team organized perfectly in a sprinter friendly 164km Stage 1 of Tour de San Luis on Monday, setting up sprint star Mark Cavendish for the victory in just the second road race of 2013 for OPQS.</p><p>
OPQS pulled the peloton to catch a four-rider break — which was originally seven — in the final kilometers. As OPQS helped bring the peloton back together in the final 7km, they then controlled the front in a top field that featured other top sprinters, such as Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre Merida), and Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing Team). Cavendish was able to sprint to the win by about a bike length, with a straight finish perfect for a bunch sprint. Sacha Modolo (Bardiani CSF Inox) was 2nd, and Petacchi 3rd.</p><p>
This is the third victory for OPQS in 2013, in three disciplines.</p>