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Uran left off of Omega Pharma-Quick Step worlds TTT squad

Two-time defending TTT champions are still confident that their squad has a chance at a three-peat in Ponferrada

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Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team has finalized its six-rider team for the world team time trial championships, which takes place Sunday.

The two-time defending champions will not bring Rigoberto Uran to Spain to race.

The Colombian has asthmatic bronchitis. This was confirmed by a few examinations performed in Belgium with team medical staff. He will follow therapy for the next five days and be ready for the world road championships on September 28.

“We will fly to Ponferrada on Wednesday,” sport director Tom Steels said. “The parcours looks more difficult than the one of last year, more technical for sure. But fortunately we will fly there Wednesday, so 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 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 the 2012 gold medal in Valkenburg.”

Omega Pharma-Quick Step men’s TTT team:

Tony Martin
Niki Terpstra
Michal Kwiatkowski
Tom Boonen
Pieter Serry
Julien Vermote