OPQS Extends Contracts with Carlos Verona, Martin Velits
OPQS announces the extension of contracts for Spanish rider Carlos Verona, and Slovak rider Martin Velits, for two more seasons (2015 & 2016).
Carlos Verona is a 21-year-old rider who just completed his first grand tour in his home country of Spain. He finished 9th in Stage 14, was in several breakaways, and was a valuable domestique for Rigoberto Uran. He was also 3rd in Tour de l'Ain Stage 4.
"I'm excited to be continuing my career with Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, a team that has supported my growth as a young guy," Verona said. "I came to this team with ambitions to develop as a rider, but I also love the way the team uses technology to engage with fans, something I love to do. The OPQS philosophy of team spirit is something I really like and think it has helped me feel comfortable learning in a professional environment. I am happy to keep developing with OPQS colors on my back for the next two years."
Martin Velits, 29, is a team oriented rider, with skills for the time trials and the one-day races. He's had consistent and reliable performances throughout the 2014 season.
"I'm looking forward to my future with OPQS, after being with the team for several years now," Velits said. "I've really embraced my role as a rider able to work for my teammates. I've been a part of some strong teams and I think we will continue to get better in the next years. I want to evolve as a cyclist under the umbrella of OPQS, with great support from staff and riders that are as much friends as teammates."
"Both these riders had great performances at La Vuelta and throughout the season," OPQS CEO Patrick Lefevere said. "Martin Velits is a developed rider, but he showed true professionalism and a great attitude throughout the three weeks. Carlos Verona is still discovering himself, but showed the results of hard preparation for his first grand tour in Spain. He was clearly proud to ride for us in his home country. I think both Velits and Verona are both a good fit for our team and I personally look forward to seeing what each can do over the next two seasons."