This Sunday a part of the peloton heads to Turkey for the 50th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. The stage race starts on Sunday 27th of April and ends on Sunday 4th of May in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Although Jelle Vanendert had doubts yesterday after his crash in the Amstel Cold Race, in which he hurt his knee, the Lotto Belisol rider did become sixth in the Flèche Wallonne today. The victory was for the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde. Tim Wellens rode very attentively in the final and together with Tony Gallopin he dropped Jelle off at the last climb.
Sixth place for Jelle
Curious for Sunday
Satisfied team manager
Tomorrow the 78th Flèche Wallonne takes place. This WorldTour race is the second part of the Ardennes triptych. The start will be given in Bastogne, the finish lies of course on the Mur de Huy. It's only after 83 of 199 total kilometers we find the first climb on the course, that's the Côte de Bellaire. After a passage over the Côte d'Ahin the riders have to get over the Mur de Huy for the first time. The climb has a length of 1.3 kilometers and an average gradient of 9.3% with a maximal ramp of 19%!
After about 60 kilometers with five climbs it's back to the Mur de Huy. From the top it's 23.5 kilometers left to go till the finish. The Côte d'Ereffe is the only obstacle before the last ascent of the Mur de Huy. Philippe Gilbert, Carlos Betancur and last year's winner Dani Moreno belong to the favourites. Jelle Vanendert, second in the Amstel Gold Race, suffers from consequences of his crash on Sunday and starts with doubts.
Doubts for Jelle
"The race developments will show of course, but mostly it's not a good plan to attack before the final ascent of the Mur de Huy. Eventually you won't have enough power on the climb, it's not a race of 250 kilometres but nearly 200. Usually it's the best to spare yourself as long as possible. The knee has priority, then we'll see how far I can come. At this point I don't know with what kind of ambition I can come to the start. We'll try to get into the final with five of our riders, so Tony Gallopin, Jurgen Van den Broeck and I can be dropped off at the Mur de Huy."
Selection Lotto Belisol: Sander Armée, Bart De Clercq, Gert Dockx, Tony Gallopin, Jurgen Van den Broeck, Dennis Vanendert, Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens.
Sports directors: Herman Frison and Bart Leysen.
Roeselare was the place to be for cycling lovers and Lotto Belisol supporters yesterday. In this West-Flemish city the Belisolpijl and fan day of the team took place. There were several hundreds of cyclists and visitors on this sunny day.
Three different bike tours
Meeting the riders
It was a nice and sunny day with a pleasant crowd at the Belisol warehouse in Roeselare.
Last Wednesday the heart's desire of the 18-year-old Steven from Turnhout was fulfilled, thanks to Make-A-Wish and in cooperation with Lotto Belisol. Steven has mucoviscidose, but it's his big dream to climb a mountain with a real race bike. Steven was invited by Lotto Belisol on the occasion of the Brabantse Pijl. Annelies Van Soom is part of the wish team of Make-A-Wish and helped to fulfill the dream of Steven.
Jurgen Van den Broeck gave a cycling outfit
Visit to Ridley Bikes
It's all about the child
Lotto Belisol supports Make-A-Wish
About Make-A-Wish®: this organization of volunteers grants children, aged between 3 and 18 who are living with a life-threatening illness, their fondest wishes. Our intention is to give these children and their families an unforgettable moment in the midst of all their worries, doubts, despair and sorrow. Away from clinics, doctors and treatments we wish to give them courage for the uncertain future which lies ahead. http://www.makeawish.be/
Participate in the Belisolpijl in Roeselare on Monday 21st of April and come to the Lotto Belisol fan day afterwards! An ideal outing on Easter Monday.
For the third year in a row the Belisolpijl is being organized. You can participate in one of the three tours, together with some of the Lotto Belisol riders! There's a family tour of 25 kilometers, which you can start between 10:00 and 11:30. The rides of 75 and 105 kilometers can be started from 7:30 till 10:00. Our riders leave at about 9:30. Taking part in one of the tours costs 5 euro. The proceeds of the Belisolpijl go to Make-A-Wish, the good cause Lotto Belisol supports this year. You can subscribe before you start.
After your ride you can come and visit the Lotto Belisol fan day where everybody is welcome as of 9:00. Meet among other Maxime Monfort, Jürgen Roelandts, Jens Debusschere and Kenny Dehaes. You can take a look in the team bus, truck and team cars.
Do you want a photo with one of the riders, have a bite to eat at the pasta bar or drink something on the terrace, then definitely come visit us!
Surf to the website of the fan day: http://www.fandaylottobelisol.be/
Place to be: Belisol magazijn, Liebeekstraat 10 - 8800 Roeselare