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  • Crash holds up the bunch

    25 july 2014 - 19:07

    One day before the only time trial of this Tour de France the peloton had to cover a stage of 208.5 kilometers from Maubourguet to Bergerac. This happened most of the time in the pouring rain. The Lithuanian rider Ramunas Navardauskas jumped away on a climb in the final and became the winner. A crash in the last kilometers made an end to the sprint plans of Lotto Belisol.

    Lots of rain
    Gautier was the first attacker of the day. Elmiger and Gérard joined him. A few moments later also Slagter bridged to the front. After sixteen kilometers the front group was completed with Taaramaë. In the peloton Lotto Belisol did a huge amount of work to keep the break under control. There was lots of rain during the day. That didn't seem to bother Tom-Jelte Slagter, who attacked at 32 kilometers from the finish. He left his four companions behind and started the Côte de Monbazillac (fourth category) on his own.

    Crash holds up the peloton
    Just before the top, at thirteen kilometers from the finish, teammate Ramunas Navardauskas joined Slagter. Navardauskas then went solo. The peloton was close, but with 2.5 kilometers to go there was a crash. After the climb already had reduced the bunch the group became even smaller now. Also André Greipel got held up. Navardauskas took the win. Seven seconds later John Degenkolb sprinted to the second place, in front of Alexander Kristoff. Jürgen Roelandts became tenth.

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  • Preview Tour de Wallonie

    25 july 2014 - 09:07

    From Saturday 26th of July until Wednesday 30th of July the Tour de Wallonie is scheduled. This stage race from the Europe Tour is contested by teams of seven riders. Jens Debusschere will ride his first race in the jersey of Belgian champion. He is accompanied by among other Maxime Monfort, who comes back after a crash in the Tour de Suisse.

    The Tour de Wallonie consists of fifteen stages, there is no time trial. The first stage there are actually two big laps with three hills, among it the Kluisberg. This stage and the one on Sunday offer the best chances to the sprinters. In stage three escapees have a chance or there can be a sprint of a reduced peloton. On Tuesday there are eleven climbs on the course. The last one is the Mur d'Amay at 17.2 kilometers from the finish in Waremme. On the last day the riders get to do the final of Liège-Bastogne-Liège with the Côte de la Roche aux Faucons, the Côte de Saint-Nicolas and finish at Côte d'Ans.

    Bart Leysen, sports director: "Apart from Jelle Vanendert, who rode the Tour of Austria, everyone comes back in competition after a period of rest. For Jens Debusschere it will be a stimulus all year long to be able to wear that Belgian jersey. He's our man for the sprint, together with Kris Boeckmans. Tosh Van der Sande can survive the short climbs and is definitely fast when a small group gets to the finish. The first two stages can definitely end with a bunch sprint. The third stage it's uncertain."

    "The team is put together so that we have a man for each type of stage. We want to race offensively. Jelle Vanendert and Maxime Monfort are our GC contenders. Although I expect Tosh should be able to set a good result as well. Pim Ligthart and Tim Wellens can join breakaways and can finish the job. Tim became eighth in the overall classification last year, so he can aim for a good GC as well. The last day is the toughest. At the end it's almost identical to the final of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Before that there are six other hills. It will be difficult to control with teams of seven riders. Wednesday will be decisive."

    Selection Lotto Belisol: Kris Boeckmans, Jens Debusschere, Pim Ligthart, Maxime Monfort, Tosh Van der Sande, Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens.

    Sports directors: Jean-Pierre Heynderickx and Bart Leysen.

    Stages
    Stage 1: Saturday 26th of July: Frasnes-lez-Anvaing - Tournai (147.9 km)
    Stage 2: Sunday 27th of July: Peronnes-lez-Antoing -Perwez (193.1 km)
    Stage 3: Monday 28th of July: Somme-Leuze - Neuchâteau (174.1 km)
    Stage 4: Tuesday 29th of July: Herve - Waremme (174.9 km)
    Stage 5: Wednesday 30th of July: Malmedy - Ans (180.6 km)

     

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  • Last mountain stage of the Tour

    24 july 2014 - 19:07

    Today the last mountain stage of the 101st Tour de France was programmed, from Pau to Hautacam. Jurgen Van den Broeck lost contact with the group of favourites on the Col du Tourmalet and lost several minutes. In GC he lost one place and is thirteenth now.

    At the start of the stage there were a number of attempts to set up a breakaway. Also Adam Hansen was active. After Huzarski and Oss had created a gap, eighteen others joined them. Kadri, Nieve and Voeckler were some of the other leaders. Astana kept control, the front group never got more than four minutes. After two climbs of third category it was time for the Col du Tourmalet. Jurgen Van den Broeck had to let go of the group with favourites. He could rely on the support of Tony Gallopin and Adam Hansen. He crossed the finish line as 36th and is thirteenth now.

    On the final climb to Hautacam Vincenzo Nibali took off for a new stage victory. He caught Mikel Nieve, the last of the escapees, and rode solo to the victory again. Thibaut Pinot, who climbs to the second place in GC, became second in the stage. Rafal Majka, owner of the polka dot jersey, finished as third.

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  • Diary of a rest day

    22 july 2014 - 14:07

    Yesterday the Tour caravan stopped in Carcassonne for the second rest day. That doesn't mean there wasn't any activity in the team hotels, on the contrary. Lotto Belisol soigneur Kurt Wouters tells about his schedule.

    9:00 Breakfast
    On a rest day we can sleep longer than when there is a stage. At nine o'clock we had breakfast. After that the work could begin. We use a rest day to clean, get supplies and do the preparations for the next day.

    9:30 - 13:00
    Cleaning
    The cool boxes that are in the team cars, get cleaned. The cars are washed as well, on the inside and outside. There are five: two team cars that follow the race, a van, a truck and the team bus. The bus driver takes care of the bus, while the mechanics and soigneurs clean the other cars.

    Get supplies
    Some soigneurs go to the shop to get supplies. That is fruit and vegetables for example, for the lunch boxes of the staff. We also buy fruit for the riders, which they will eat after the finish. Detergent was also on the list, because the washing machine is on day and night. That's for the clothes of riders and staff.

    Preparations
    The water bottles for the next day are prepared. We use a system that makes that the water bottles are always handed out to our riders within two days. Water bottles that go in the team car the first day, go in the cool box for the feed zone the day after. That way those are handed out to the riders at the start or in the feed zone. The food bags are prepared for the day after the rest day. In this case it's a very long stage, then we put something extra in it: three energy gels, three energy bars, two cakes, a small can of cola and two water bottles. In the morning we add the sandwiches with for example jam and banana or syrup and banana.

    13:00 Lunch

    16:00-17:00 Massage
    In the afternoon the riders' massages are planned. Normally a soigneur has two riders to give a massage. I had Greg Henderson and Adam Hansen. Henderson has abandoned, just like Bart De Clercq. If that happens, that you have one rider less to massage, you help with something else. Now I prepare the cool boxes for the next stage in the evening.

    18:00 Barbecue
    It's a tradition in the Tour that we have a barbecue for the staff on the rest day. Always fun to end the workday.

     

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  • Download the new wallpaper!

    21 july 2014 - 16:07

    In July we provide you with four new wallpapers! From now on you can download the third one.

    Go to our multimedia page.

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  • Visit our e-shop

    18 july 2014 - 17:07

    Also this season cycling fans can visit the e-shop of Lotto Belisol. Go cycling in the Lotto Belisol colours! For the youngest fans kids' sizes are available. We also offer leisure wear. Next to the traditional items the e-shop offers race hats and socks. Gadgets are available as well, e.g. a pack of postcards.

    Go to the E-shop

     

     

     

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