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  • Farewell race of Frederik Willems

    17 october 2014 - 12:10

    Tomorrow, Saturday 18th October, Frederik Willems will ride his last race as a pro, in Sint-Jan-in-Eremo. The 35-year-old man from East-Flanders will become sports director in the Lotto Soudal team next year. At the beginning of August Willems fell at a training trip and got some severe injuries. He needed surgery of his collar bone. This forced him to rest some weeks. Since three weeks he started training again. Just a few ribs are still causing some problems.

    Frederik Willems was a pro for thirteen seasons. In 2009 he won the GC of the Three Days De Panne-Koksijde. Three years before that win he did the same in the Etoile de Bessèges. He also won four stages in several stage races. Today he reflects about his career and looks forward to what the future will bring.

    Four milestones in my career
    Frederik Willems:
    "I do not regret a single thing in my career, and that is important. I can divide my career in four milestones. First of all there was my pro debut in 2002 in the Mapei team. Back in the day it was the biggest team of that moment. To sign a contract with such big team was an honour. Concerning my victories, 2006 was my best year. I had four wonderful years in the Liquigas team. Those years in the Italian team were important for me because I was raised with that mentality, under supervision of Valerio Piva. There is a familial atmosphere in Italy, the people are really sympathetic to all riders. After the Italian adventure I returned to Belgium with the Omega Pharma-Lotto team. And again a nice period had risen. When I returned to Belgium my work of the past years was appreciated."

    Favourite races
    "One of my favourite races is the Three Days De Panne-Koksijde, because I won it in 2009. Also the Flèche Brabançonne was one of my favourites because it has some typical features of Flemish races with some really challenging climbs. In 2008 I was fifth and a year later I was sixth."

    Always look forward
    "Bad luck never really got to me. The day after a crash or operation I already looked forward. Working towards a certain goal was important. In that way I could enjoy my trainings. When a goal was reached, it obviously created a sense of satisfaction. The appreciation I got from teammates was incredibly pleasing, both with Liquigas and Lotto Belisol. Among those team mates: Pozzato, Sagan, Nibali, Roelandts and Van den Broeck."

    An honour to become sports director
    "Last winter I asked myself the question: "How long will I be cycling and what will I do afterwards?". When the team offered to become sports director in 2015, it didn't take long to decide. Becoming sports director was kind of logic in a way, because the team saw me as a road captain. It's a big honour that the team thought of me and that the news is well received in the team. My crash in August ended my season abruptly. The race of Saturday will be a nice goodbye, because we already had a lot of preparations towards the race. I will be able to thank everyone."

    Feast
    "If I had chosen to race my last one in Putte-Kapellen, it would be over when I reached the finish. Now we can make a feast of it. The moment I will get off my bike on Saturday will not be that emotional, I'm already prepared for that. The homage afterwards, with all the people who supported me, will be a different story. I want to thank all my supporters and friends. Both people from the beginning of my career and people of my current team. It is the intention to make a big feast of it and involve as many people as possible. In the morning there is a cycling tour for supporters and tourists. Afterwards there is the race and in the evening there is a party. Everyone is welcome."

    More info about the farewell race of Frederik Willems: http://www.frederikwillems.be/


    Victories
    2009: GC Three Days De Panne-Koksijde
    2006: Stage 1 and GC of the Etoile de Bessèges, stage 3 Ster Elektrotoer, Stage 4 Tour of Britain
    2002: Stage 7 Tour of Cuba

    Teams
    2012-2014: Lotto - Belisol
    2011: Omega Pharma - Lotto
    2010: Liquigas - Doimo
    2007-2009: Liquigas
    2006: Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen
    2005: Chocolade Jacques - T-Interim
    2003-2004: Vlaanderen - T-Interim
    2002: Mapei - Quick-Step - Latexco

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  • Van Genechten leaves the team

    17 october 2014 - 10:10

    Jonas Van Genechten zal in 2015 niet langer deel uitmaken van het team.

    Niettegenstaande de makelaar en renner zich akkoord hadden verklaard met de voorwaarden voor een nieuw en fel verbeterd contract, hebben zij alsnog gekozen om volgend jaar voor een andere ploeg actief te zijn.

     

     

     

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  • 29 victories in 2014

    16 october 2014 - 11:10

    Lotto Belisol ends the season with 29 official UCI victories. An overview.

    First victory Down Under
    The first Lotto Belisol rider who could triumph was André Greipel in the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under. Two days later the Gorilla won again, in the final stage. By March, Lotto Belisol had six victories. Kenny Dehaes then added the Tour of Drenthe and Nokere Koerse to the list.

    Greipel wins solo
    The victory in the World Ports Classic was the first of a series of four for André Greipel. One was remarkable, the one in the final stage of the Tour de Luxembourg where he finished solo. That was the first time ever. Greg Henderson, the lead-out man André Greipel can always rely on, won the third stage of the Ster ZLM Toer.

    Two national titles
    Lotto Belisol has two national champions in its team. At the end of June André Greipel conquered the German title for the second year in a row. In Belgium it was Jens Debusschere who could go home with the tricolour. Almost a month later he won the opening stage of the Tour de Wallonie. In July Greipel was the best in the sixth Tour stage. In the eleventh one Tony Gallopin stayed ahead of a chasing group. Two days earlier, the Frenchman had worn the yellow jersey on his national holiday.

    Victory Eneco Tour
    Jonas Van Genechten gathered three UCI victories. Starting with the fourth stage in the Tour de Pologne, a WorldTour race. Between the first two victories of Van Genechten, Tim Wellens won his first race as a pro. Thanks to his victory in the sixth stage of the Eneco Tour Tim took over the leader's jersey. He held on to it in the final stage.

    Hansen celebrates 10th GT with stage win
    In the beginning of September André Greipel won the Brussels Cycling Classic, just like in 2013. In the meantime the Vuelta had started. A few days later Lotto Belisol won a stage. For Adam Hansen the Vuelta was the tenth consecutive Grand Tour he finished. He celebrated that by winning the nineteenth Vuelta stage after a short solo.

    Sluitingsprijs = 29th victory
    Tuesday was the last race day for Lotto Belisol this season. Tosh Van der Sande and Greg Henderson were both close to the stage win in Beijing. A few hours later the team could still add a victory. Just like last year Jens Debusschere won the last race on the Belgian calendar, the Nationale Sluitingsprijs in Putte-Kapellen, the 29th official victory of the season for Lotto Belisol.

    Victories 2014
    24/01 - Tour Down Under (WorldTour) Stage 4: André Greipel
    26/01 - Tour Down Under (WorldTour) Stage 6: André Greipel
    13/02 - Tour of Qatar (Asia Tour 2.HC) Stage 5: André Greipel
    18/02 - Tour of Oman (Asia Tour 2.HC) Stage 1: André Greipel
    20/02 - Tour of Oman (Asia Tour 2.HC) Stage 3: André Greipel
    23/02 - Tour of Oman (Asia Tour 2.HC) Stage 6: André Greipel
    15/03 - Ronde van Drenthe (Europe Tour 1.1): Kenny Dehaes
    19/03 - Nokere Koerse (Europe Tour 1.1.): Kenny Dehaes
    24/05 - World Ports Classic (Europe Tour 2.1.) Stage 1: André Greipel
    31/05 - Baloise Belgium Tour (Europe Tour 2.HC) Stage 4: André Greipel
    05/06 - Tour de Luxembourg (Europe Tour 2.HC) Stage 1: André Greipel
    08/06 - Tour de Luxembourg (Europe Tour 2.HC) Stage 4: André Greipel
    20/06 - Ster ZLM Toer (Europe Tour 2.1) Stage 3: Greg Henderson
    22/06 - Ster ZLM Toer (Europe Tour 2.1) Stage 5: André Greipel
    29/06 - Belgisch Kampioenschap (1.1): Jens Debusschere
    29/06 - Duits Kampioenschap (1.1): André Greipel
    10/07 - Tour de France (WorldTour) Stage 6: André Greipel
    16/07 - Tour de France (WorldTour) Stage 11: Tony Gallopin
    26/07 - Tour de Wallonie (Europe Tour 2.HC) Stage 1: Jens Debusschere
    06/08 - Ronde van Polen (WorldTour) Stage 4: Jonas Van Genechten
    16/08 - Eneco Tour (WorldTour) Stage 6: Tim Wellens
    17/08 - Eneco Tour (WorldTour) Overall classification: Tim Wellens
    27/08 - Druivenkoers Overijse (Europe Tour 1.1): Jonas Van Genechten
    06/09 - Brussels Cycling Classic (Europe Tour 1.HC): André Greipel
    07/09 - GP de Fourmies (Europe Tour 1.HC): Jonas Van Genechten
    12/09 - Vuelta (WorldTour) Stage 19: Adam Hansen
    14/09 - GP Jef Scherens (Europe Tour 1.1): André Greipel
    03/10 - Sparkassen Münsterland Giro (Europe Tour 1.1): André Greipel
    14/10 - Nationale Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen (Europe Tour 1.1): Jens Debusschere

    Kermesses and criteriums
    03/06 - Gullegem Koerse: Jonas Van Genechten
    03/08 - Sparkassen Giro Bochum: Marcel Sieberg
    05/08- Heist-op-den-Berg: Tony Gallopin
    23/09 - Vichte: Jens Debusschere

     

     

     

     

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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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