Lotto Soudal will ride the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under - which takes place from 20th until 25th January - with a new title sponsor and a team of riders wanting to stamp their authority on the event.
Hansen to defend KOM title
Sports director Herman Frison: "We are delighted to be returning to Australia once again and to the Santos Tour Down Under to introduce our new sponsor to the fans and show the strength of our team. We are aiming for a good overall general classification with any number of our riders, as all have the ability to make an impact on the race."
Selection Lotto Soudal: Lars Bak, Thomas De Gendt, Kenny Dehaes, Gert Dockx, Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson and Boris Vallée.
Sports director: Herman Frison
Yesterday was the official start of Lotto Soudal, with the team presentation in Turnhout. The audience could admire the new shirt for the first time. Lotto and Soudal are at the beginning of a six-year collaboration. ‘Live Your Dream' remains the team slogan. At the presentation a new partner was introduced, Vasco Data Security. Their brand mydigipass.com will be placed on the back of the race shorts.
Talent in the picture
Ladies and U23
At the first training camp Marc Sergeant and the six sports directors talk to the riders about their race programme, to set the goals and to build up to these goals. Compared to 2014 there will be a different approach.
Manager Marc Sergeant: "Before New Year we draw the big lines of the different programmes. Each rider has to know what to expect. Of course we can't determine everything, but we try to for the first part of the year."
Tour Down Under
WorldTour points are important
Vic Swerts, founder and president of Soudal, is nominated by Trends for the title Manager of the year 2014.
Out of ten nominees the public will now make a shortlist of five candidates. Voting is possible until the 3rd of December on http://acties.trends.knack.be/acties/trends/MVHJ2014/stem.jsp.
After that an objective jury will elect the Manager of the year 2014.
With the Lotto Science Chair at the VUB the Belgian National Lottery supports scientific research linked to cycling. The National Lottery wants to contribute to optimizing sport performances. Lieselot Decroix, rider of the Lotto Belisol Ladies team, holds the chair.
Control the coincidence
Focus on the brain
A healthy mind in a healthy body
Two passions united
Foundations for innovations
Tonight, Tuesday 18th November, the Lotto Six Days Flanders-Ghent will kick off at ‘t Kuipke. The 74th edition will come to an end on Sunday. Since 2010 Lotto is main sponsor of this event. The Lotto Six Days Flanders-Ghent is six days of track cycling of the highest level in an unequalled atmosphere.
Lotto Six Days
Grand Prix Lotto