Etixx-Quick Step's team for the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is pretty ridiculous

Tom Boonen, Niki Terpstra, Tony Martin and Stijn Vandenbergh provide Etixx-Quick Step with a host of options for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday

(Photos: Watson/Sunada)

Etixx-Quick Step have 12 wins already this year and we've not even reached the spring Classics - races that the team is built to win.

That strategy to target the early-season one-day races is evident in the team announced to ride Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, which includes the three riders who finished second, third and fourth last season.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.