Quick-Step and its cycling team on the starting blocks for a successful 2015 Tour De France

This year’s biggest world-class cycling event - the Tour de France – will be passing through Belgium on 6 July. Just as in the past seventeen years, flooring specialist Quick-Step will be supporting this event once again with one of the most professional teams in the pack. The most likely winners in the Quick-Step team include Mark Cavendish, Rigoberto Urán and Tony Martin. To them, only the best is good enough for a perfect race, an ideology they have incidentally also applied to their favourite Quick-Step floor.

Preferably in the lead and in yellow: that’s Tony Martin

Prederably in the lead and in yellow: That's Tony Martin

“The vinyl is so smooth and the planks click together in no time at all. And I have to admit: speed is my highest priority in everything I do!”

Chances are big that time trial specialist Tony Martin will win the first stage of the Tour de France this year. If he does, this will entitle him to wear the famous yellow jersey, one of the most highly coveted leader’s jerseys. It therefore comes as no surprise that this colour also goes perfectly in his interior. Yellow has an invigorating effect, which is a pleasant added benefit for this speed devil. The Salone del Mobile in Milan featured the colour yellow as one of the reigning trends for this autumn, and it is expected to become a prominent element in the design world in 2016. To achieve the best interior decorating results with a bright colour like yellow a serene foundation is of the essence. “I like warm, bright colours, which led me to look for a floor that would provide the right foundation for me to pull out all the stops! The Silk Oak Light planks in the Livyn collection appealed to me immediately. They give warmth, but create a serene foundation that keeps it from become too cluttered.” The vinyl floors made by Quick-Step are strong and extremely durable, while their matte finish and sophisticatedly finished design give them a highly realistic appearance. What’s more, all the floors in the Livyn collection can be laid quickly and easily. Nothing could be better suited to Martin’s lifestyle.

Mark Cavendish opts for stylish white

Mark Cavendish opts for stylish white

“The floor has become a key component of our house, a place where I can fully enjoy family life without always having to be Mark Cavendish, the professional cyclist.”

Always on top. Not only is Mark Cavendish one of the fastest cyclists, he is also consistent. Not a one-time winner; he proves time and again that he belongs at the top. The same applies to the colour white in interior decorating: always stylish, always up to date. Upon entering his house in Tuscany you will instantly recognise Cavendish as someone with an understanding of style: the white interior has a streamlined, contemporary allure, with a Quick-Step Variano hardwood floor as the number one eye-catcher. “I must have looked at more than a hundred samples,” Cavendish admits, “but Painted white oak oiled from this collection fits in perfectly with my modern interior, where glass and the colour white are the predominant features.” Apart from that, Variano hardwood floors are a perfect match for Mark’s unique, whimsical sense of style: the floor is composed of various smaller planks that capture the look and feel of a weathered wooden floor. Put together, they form unique planks that create a perfect backdrop for the designer furniture that Cavendish has collected for his magnificent house in Italy.

Rigoberto Urán brings the great outdoors indoors

Rigoberto Uran brings the great outdoors indoors

“When I’m training I like to enjoy the view. It’s a type of mental yoga!”

Cyclist Rigoberto Urán grew up in a mountainous region of Colombia, where he discovered his cycling talent at the age of fourteen. His love for the mountains has always remained with him and while training Urán enjoys the splendid scenery. Perhaps his love of these high peaks helps him ascend them so expertly? His passion for nature is reflected in this Colombian cyclist’s interior. “When I come home I need to be able to unwind as quickly as possible, and the natural atmosphere of my home helps me do this. This is why I selected Quick-Step’s Impressive line of laminate flooring. It is indistinguishable from real wood, and exudes the atmosphere of genuine wooden planks.” As this laminate flooring is water-resistant, the same floor could be laid. “I opted for the variety of planks in the Playful Impressive Combination. Its daring combination of different shades reminded me of the cheerful colours of my native Colombia.”

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