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Quick-Step and Omega Pharma to merge?

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Yes, Quick-Step and Omega Pharma to merge, according to a Belgian newspaper now in front of me.

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Apparently, the deal between Lefevere and Coucke is only a matter of dotting the i's and crossing the t's. It should all be done before the Tour, aka, this week.  Name for the new team would be Omega Pharma, and it wouldn't be the first joint venture for Coucke and Lefevere either: remember QuickStep Davitamon back in 2003? With JVDB already off to Lotto on a four year deal, does this pave the way for a PhilGIl-Tombo supercombo?