Etixx – Quick-Step Cycling Team had a third successful "Velodrome Showcase" Official Team Presentation on Wednesday, in an event where sponsors and their guests, as well as fans in the Tribune, were able to watch each 2015 rider be introduced one-by-one, and then enjoy the riders competing against each other in several track events throughout the evening. The event was held at the track named after Belgian Cycling Legend Eddy Merckx at the Vlaams Wielercentrum in Gent (Belgium). The evening began with Etixx – Quick-Step Ceo Patrick Lefevere addressing the crowd, thanking them for attending and talking about the upcoming season.
Lefevere then passed the microphone to owner Zdenek Bakala.
"I am very happy to be here and celebrate with the team, which did unbelievable things last year," Bakala said. "We can consider them among the best teams in the world. I am thrilled about things have evolved since I have been part owner in 2011 and I want to thank everyone who is here to celebrate the start of the 2015 season. It is beautiful to see how many people are here around us. I hope next year will be another like 2014, with not only victories, but a presence of the team in all races where were are at the start line."
Marc Coucke also spoke to the public in attendance: "We are pleased, and want to thank Mr. Zdenek Bakala for all the help he has provided this team," Coucke said. "Thanks to his help we can have this beautiful team here in Belgium. The sponsors are committed and really behind the team. For us, the next year will be important. But we are sure the riders will answer the call with more great performances. Also, I have to say that with Tom Boonen and his longtime girlfriend expecting twins, that maybe Tom can add another pair of twins to his 2015 in April with the Classics (laugh)."