What can be said about Patrick Lefevere that has not already been uttered or written? Perhaps that he is the bona fide admiral at the helm of the Quick-Step Floors battle ship, the mastermind behind a plan that has made Quick-Step Floors one of the most successful teams not only in modern day cycling, but in the history of the sport. “Every day is the first day of the rest of my life,” Lefevere often says, sometimes referring to himself as “a survivor” remembering the battle he won against cancer in 2001. As the man responsible for all final decisions on the team, Lefevere is a careful critic and observer of the cycling universe. Always open to an exchange of ideas, his staff likes to refer to him as a man who’s energetic, passionate and at times emotionally involved.
Born in Moorsdele in 1955, Lefevere was also a professional racer during the 70’s and 80’s. His best year was 1978, when among other titles he won the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and the 4th stage of the Vuelta de España. Since the 90’s his name has been closely connected to some legendary pages of cycling history. He’s been sporting director and then manager for some of the greatest champions in modern cycling, including Museeuw, Bartoli, Bettini, Virenque, and Boonen. More recently, the names include Cavendish, Martin, Terpstra, Uran, Kwiatkowski, and last but not least Kittel. Over the years Lefevere became a specialist in great one day classics. From 1993 to today Lefevere and his teams have conquered more than 80 victories in the great classics, most notably 11 Paris-Roubaix races, 8 Ronde van Vlaanderen, 6 Gent-Wevelgems, 4 Il Lombardia races, 3 Paris-Tours, 3 Hamburg Hew Cyclassics, 2 Milano-Sanremos, 2 Zurich Championships, and 1 Liège–Bastogne–Liège race.
This remarkable slew of victories reflects his ability to start from square one year after year without thinking about the past, and testifies to his knack for managing champions with similar ambitions in the same group. "The strength of the squad is at the service of the strongest in the race," Lefevere said. "It is the work of a cohesive unit that brings success. Names aren’t important. What is important is to have no regrets when we cross the finish line. That is our way."