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  • Three contract extensions

    23 october 2014 - 11:10

    Lotto Belisol can announce today that three riders have extended their contract. Pim Ligthart (26), who made his debut in the team this year, signed for two more seasons. The contract of Tosh Van der Sande (23) and Dennis Vanendert (26) was extended with one year. In 2015 both will start their fourth season in the team.

    Aim for a victory
    Pim Ligthart:
    "I feel at home here in the team. It's the first time I'm racing for a Belgian team, but there's not much difference. Unfortunately I couldn't get a victory this season. I did win the KOM jersey in Paris-Nice. During the season I did lots of work for the team and I showed myself many times, for example with my breakaways in the Vuelta. It's nice that I have a contract for the next two years, that gives me peace of mind. I'll aim for a victory in 2015."

    Several reasons to stay
    Tosh Van der Sande:
    "There are several reasons why I wanted to stay with the team. I've been satisfied here for the past three years. I can often have a go of my own and it's a fun group. Of course it matters that I set the step from U23 rider to pro within the structure of this team. In my third season as U23 rider I rode in the team with Kurt Van de Wouwer as sports director, that way I got in the pro team of Lotto Belisol and that turned out to be a good choice. I have high ambitions for next season and want to take that first pro win. The last weeks of this season I came close a few times and that gives me confidence."

    Set a new step forward
    Dennis Vanendert:
    "I love riding for this team, next year will be my fourth season. This contract extension proves the team has faith in me and respects the work I've done. Next year I'm coming to an age that I want to take a next step in my career by setting results myself, I feel ready for that. In tougher stage races I'd like to show myself and pick out some stages. Apart from that I want to help the team win a classic. My brother Jelle can win one of the Ardennes classics, it would be great if I could help him with that."

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  • Gallopin & Sergeant about TDF 2015

    22 october 2014 - 15:10

    Lotto Belisol manager Marc Sergeant and Tony Gallopin were at the Palais des Congrès for the presentation of the Tour 2015. They give their first impression.

    Tricky start
    Tony Gallopin:
    "The first nine days of the Tour 2015 are very tricky and can offer lots of spectacle. The wind could play a crucial role in the second stage through Zeeland and in the sixth stage to Le Havre. Just like last year there's a cobblestone stage and there are several opportunities for punchers. The stages to Huy, Mûr de Bretagne and Mende suit me. After the first rest day there's lots of climbing to do, it will be a very tough Tour."

    Goosebumps at Palais des Congrès
    "We should definitely be able to be successful with the team. The past edition I won a stage and wore yellow one day, on the French national holiday. This was the first time I was live at the Tour presentation. When I saw the images of my stage win and myself in the yellow jersey it gave me goosebumps, especially with the music and the impressive Palais des Congrès as location."

    Four to six sprint opportunities
    Marc Sergeant, manager Lotto Belisol:
    "Especially the fact that there are so few time trial kilometres is remarkable. That's really different compared to the previous editions. There are stages for sprinters, punchers and climbers. I see four to six sprint opportunities, which doesn't mean that it will each time be a peloton of 180 riders that goes to the finish line. It can also be a sprint of fifty. The sprint teams will have to make the race as well. The stages in the Pyrenees are tough, but I expect the last week in the Alps will be decisive. There will be a battle until the last Saturday."

    Too soon for selections
    "It's more than eight months before the Tour start, so it's too soon to talk about selections. No decision has been made yet. It's an option that Jurgen Van den Broeck rides the Tour, but it's too early to speculate about that. It's a realistic option that Tim Wellens will make his Tour début, but that will be without GC ambitions, like in this year's Giro. There are lots of opportunities for attackers in the Tour of 2015, that should definitely suit Tim."

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  • Presentation Tour 2015

    22 october 2014 - 15:10

    At noon the route of the 102nd Tour de France was presented at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. The Tour 2015, which starts in Utrecht, is scheduled from Saturday 4th of July until Sunday 26th of July. The Grand Départ takes place outside France for the 21st time, for the sixth time in the Netherlands. The Tour peloton will race through Belgium two days.

    Stages in Belgium
    The first stage with start and finish in Utrecht is a time trial of 14 kilometres. That's the only individual time trial of this Tour. On Sunday 12th of July there is a team time trial of 28 kilometres. The second stage takes the riders from Utrecht to Neeltje Jans, that could mean echelons. Then the Tour visits Belgium. The stage on Monday 6th of July starts in Antwerp and finishes on the Mur de Huy, famous from the Flèche Wallonne.

    Cobblestones
    A day later the stage takes off in Seraing, near Liège. Most of the stage will be covered on Belgian soil. The finish lies in Cambrai, France. During this stage, with 221 kilometres the longest one, the riders have to pass seven cobblestone sections. There will be a total of 13.3 kilometres of cobblestones. The last sector, 2.3 kilometres long, is situated at ten kilometres from the end. In the next three stages the sprinters can have a go. The day before the team time trial there's a finish on the Mûr de Bretagne, something for the punchers.

    Pyrenees
    La Pierre-Saint-Martin is new in the Tour. This is one of the five summit finishes. On Wednesday 15th of July the riders have to get over the Aspin and Tourmalet, the finish line is drawn in Cauterets. In the Pyrenees there is a finish at Plateau de Beille as well, where Jelle Vanendert won the fourteenth Tour stage in 2011. The Montée Laurent Jalabert in Mende gets a visit from the riders on Saturday 18th of July, another opportunity for punchers. Just before the second rest day the stage ends in Gap, a well-known Tour city.

    Last days in the Alps
    On Wednesday 22nd of July the third and last part of the Tour begins. Time to get to the Alps. First there's a finish in Pra-Loup. On Friday it goes to La Toussuire and on Saturday the riders have to pass the 21 turns of Alpe d'Huez. That's a short stage of 110 kilometres, but with the Télégraphe and Galibier on the course as well. The last stage traditionally finishes on the Champs Elysées in Paris.

    Stages
    Stage 1: Saturday 4th of July: Utrecht - Utrecht (14 km) (ITT)
    Stage 2: Sunday 5th of July: Utrecht - Neeltje Jans (166 km)
    Stage 3: Monday 6th of July: Antwerp - Huy (154 km)
    Stage 4: Tuesday 7th of July: Seraing - Cambrai (221 km)
    Stage 5: Wednesday 8th of July: Arras - Amiens Métropole (189 km)
    Stage 6: Thursday 9th of July: Abbeville - Le Havre (191 km)
    Stage 7: Friday 10th of July: Livarot - Fougères (190 km)
    Stage 8: Saturday 11th of July: Rennes - Mûr de Bretagne (179 km)
    Stage 9: Sunday 12th of July: Vannes - Plumelec (28 km) (TTT)
    Rest day 1: Monday 13th of July: Pau
    Stage 10: Tuesday 14th of July: Tarbes - La Pierre-Saint-Martin (167 km)
    Stage 11: Wednesday 15th of July: Pau - Cauterets Vallée de Saint-Savin (188 km)
    Stage 12: Thursday 16th of July: Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille (195 km)
    Stage 13: Friday 17th of July: Muret - Rodez (200 km)
    Stage 14: Saturday 18th of July: Rodez - Mende (178 km)
    Stage 15: Sunday 19th of July: Mende - Valence (182 km)
    Stage 16: Monday 20th of July: Bourg-de-Péage - Gap (201 km)
    Rest day 2: Tuesday 21st of July: Gap
    Stage 17: Wednesday 22nd of July: Digne-les-Bains - Pra-Loup (161 km)
    Stage 18: Thursday 23rd of July: Gap - Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (185 km)
    Stage 19: Friday 24th of July: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - La Toussuire Les Sybelles (138 km)
    Stage 20: Saturday 25th of July: Modane Valfréjus - Alpe d'Huez (110 km)
    Stage 21: Sunday 26th of July: Sèvres - Paris Champs Elysées (107 km)

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  • Stock sale Lotto Belisol

    19 october 2014 - 10:10

    Next Saturday, 25th of October, Lotto Belisol will hold a stock sale in its service course in Herentals. You can get cycling outfits, team clothes and cycling accessories of Lotto Belisol at strongly reduced prices.

    Address: Toekomstlaan 15 / 6 + 8, 2200 Herentals

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  • 30% discount in our e-shop!

    11 october 2014 - 10:10

    Buy a Lotto Belisol outfit in our e-shop with a discount of 30%!

    Do you also want to go out on your bike in the retro shirt of Lotto Belisol? Surf to our e-shop. For autumn and winter rides on the bike you can rely on the jacket. And what do you think of a pair of Lotto Belisol socks? There's also a discount on the fan items, like postcards and race hats. We also have leisure wear to offer, sweaters for example.

    Don't' miss out on this action!

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  • LTB riders support MOVE Week

    9 october 2014 - 18:10

    Last week, from Monday 29th of September until Friday 3rd of October, the Belgian Federal Public Service Finance participated in the MOVE Week. This is a health campaign, set up in 2012 by ISCA (International Sport and Culture Association), which takes place simultaneously in the whole of Europe. It's the ambition to have an extra 100 million Europeans that move actively, by sport for example, by 2020. The Federal Public Service Finance organized four activities, spread over Belgium. One was a breakfast in ten different cities to reward their employees who come to work by bike. The Lotto Belisol riders gladly supported this initiative.

    Let's get cycling
    With the baseline Let's get cycling the Federal Public Service Finance organized a healthy breakfast on ten locations for hundreds of the 3600 employees that come to work by bike. They also received nice gadgets like bicycle accessories and cycle maps. Lotto Belisol riders went to Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent and Hasselt. Among other Belgian champion Jens Debusschere, Kris Boeckmans, Bart De Clercq and Jürgen Roelandts paid a visit.

    Huge success
    Inge Mattens, financial expert Federal Public Service Finance - Department Operational Coordination and Communication:
    "The initiative was a huge success. All participants were very satisfied. The Lotto Belisol riders spent lots of time chatting with the people. It needs a lot of goodwill to go to work by bike. The riders really gave a boost to our employees. The riders gave tips, among other about nutrition and cycling in bad weather."

    More cycling commuters
    "There are 3600 employees of the Federal Public Service Finance that come to work by bike. The breakfasts were organized in the ten biggest buildings, we had 601 participants. We hope the number of cycling commuters will rise thanks to this initiative."

    Prevention
    "For the Federal Public Service Finance it's really important to get our employees to live healthy and do sport. This is preventive for their wellbeing. Throughout the year we take several initiatives to make them aware of that. During the lunch breaks we offer sport facilities like yoga and zumba. We look internally for coaches and ambassadors who take on such projects. The MOVE Week has stimulated us extra to organize activities the whole year. It also shows that Europe encourages this and that way we can make the people more aware."

    You can see photos of the event on our Facebook page.

     

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