There can be little argument that Omega Pharma-Quick Step have been the team of the first three months of this season. They have won more races than any other team, including overall victories at both the Tour de San Luis (Levi Leipheimer) and the Tour of Qatar (Tom Boonen). So, in a squad which boasts top Classics specialists such as Boonen and Sylvain Chavanel, it came as little surprise that an OPQS rider should win the cobbled Belgian semi-classic Dwars door Vlaanderen. However, it was Dutchman Niki Terpstra who laid claim to the top step of the podium after a long solo attack, taking the biggest win of his career.
Although they’re no longer with us, it’s worth heading back into the archives to remember the special relationship enjoyed by the Coppi brothers, Fausto and Serse. So special, that they each seemed one half of the whole and therefore incomplete without the other. As is so often with identical twins, they often completed one another’s sentences. Had he lived, Serse, the younger brother by four years, would have been 89 years young on Monday, 19th March.