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  • Team Time Trial: 22th place

    21 september 2014 - 21:09

    On the first day of the world championships cycling in Ponferrada the team time trial took place. On the 57.1 kilometer route, it seemed to be a strive between the titleholder Omega Pharma-Quick.Step and challengers Orica, BMC and Sky.

    The more kilometers passed, the more it became clear that BMC was in pole position for the golden medal. At the finish line, the team of big boss Andy Rihs was 32 seconds ahead of Orica-GreenEdge and 36 seconds ahead of Omega Pharma-Quick.Step. Lotto Belisol didn't do well in this team time trial and ended at the 22nd place.

    Sports Director Herman Frison: "We didn't ride a good team time trial. Becoming 22nd and being preceded by a few Pro Continental teams isn't good, but our guys couldn't go faster. I had the impression that the riders who rode the Vuelta, weren't recovered enough. Pim had to let go a few times quickly, Adam wasn't good, and Vegard also had a rough time. Lars Bak was the strongest of the team, but we had to make sure that we stayed together with enough riders on these hilly roads. It is true that we didn't start with our best time trial specialists. But this was a conscious choice to let riders like Gallopin, Wellens and Greipel prepare themselves for the road race next Sunday.

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  • Lotto Belisol riders in Ponferrada

    21 september 2014 - 21:09

    The World Championships cycling in Ponferrada, in the Spanish north-western region Castilla y León, will start on Sunday with the team time trials. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the national teams will compete in the individual time trial and as from Friday the road races take place. Several Lotto Belisol riders, men elite and U23, are part of the national selections. An overview.

    Elite men's road race
    Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens will race the road race for the Belgian team on Sunday 28th of September. Frenchman Tony Gallopin defends the colours of his country. Adam Hansen and Greg Henderson, the two riders from Down Under, are respectively lined up for Australia and New-Zealand. André Greipel is in the pre-selection for Germany.

    The elite men's road race is 254.8 kilometres long and consists of fourteen laps of 18.2 kilometres. Unlike the previous World Championships there will only be raced on the local circuit. At the end the riders will have covered 4284 altitude metres. In the local lap lie two hills: the Alto de Montearenas (5 km and 3.5% average) and the Alto de Compostilla (1.1 km and 6% average). The last two kilometres of the course are flat.

    U23 men's road race
    The road race for the U23 riders takes place two days before the elite men, on the same course. They will have to cover ten laps, which means 3060 altitude metres. Two riders of the Lotto Belisol U23 team have been selected for Belgium: Tiesj Benoot and Kenneth Van Rooy. Daniel McLay will represent Great-Britain.

    Time trial
    Also the time trial medals will be handed out next week. Belgian riders Frederik Frison and Ruben Pols race the U23 time trial on Monday. It's 36.15 kilometres long. On Wednesday the elite men have a race against the clock of 47.10 kilometres. Vegard Breen is a member of the Norwegian delegation.

    Lotto Belisol wishes all its riders the best of luck in Ponferrada!


    Monday 22nd of September - Individual time trial men U23
    Belgium: Frederik Frison and Ruben Pols

    Wednesday 24th of September - Individual time trial elite men
    Norway: Vegard Breen

    Friday 26th of September - Road race men U23
    Belgium: Tiesj Benoot and Kenneth Van Rooy
    Great-Britain: Dan McLay

    Sunday 28th of September - Road race elite men
    Australia: Adam Hansen
    Belgium: Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens
    France: Tony Gallopin
    New-Zealand: Greg Henderson
    Germany: André Greipel?

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  • Ponferrada: Preview TTT

    19 september 2014 - 19:09

    For the third consecutive year there's a world championship team time trial for commercial teams. This event is programmed on the first day of the World Championships, on Sunday 21st of September. Each team lines up six riders. For Lotto Belisol it are Lars Bak, Vegard Breen, Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson, Pim Ligthart and Maxime Monfort.

    The teams have to cover 57.1 kilometres. There are 386 altitude metres and two hills on the course. The first one is about halfway, the second one in the last kilometres.

    Herman Frison, sports director: "It's a very nice course with large roads with few turns. It gets tougher near the end. In the last ten kilometres it's uphill. During the first recon there was a headwind, that makes it tougher. That last hill is pretty long and gets steeper by the top. It's a course for strong men."

    "This team time trial is possibly a bit tougher than last year, but definitely not much. Our riders want to get a place in top ten. That will be very difficult. There are really strong teams here. But they will give all they got; they are all really motivated. We have already achieved many goals this season, I hope this one as well."

    "During the recon it was 25 to 26 degrees, with not much wind. We had a little bit of rain. No rain is forecasted for Sunday. If it should rain, certain parts could be slippery."



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  • Ridley unveils Noah SL

    27 august 2014 - 11:08

    Ridley unveils new Noah SL at Eurobike
    The Noah frames have been with Ridley for quite some time, and were developed to be the most aerodynamic frames in the Ridley range, and even the world! With the Noah FAST the company redefined bicycle aerodynamics with 3 patented innovations: integrated brakes, F-Splitfork and F-Surface. Now Ridley is ready to launch the next version of the Noah family: the Noah SL!

    The Noah SL is all about speed and performance. It's racing heritage, combined with superior aerodynamic technology and beautiful design sets a new benchmark in the aero category. It stays true to the Ridley form-follows-function design principle where every detail has been studied and tested to reach ultimate performance. The Lotto Belisol riders wanted an all-round aerodynamic frame that is also light, Ridley provided the Noah SL.

    André Greipel: "There is a very good communication with Ridley Bikes. I have a close contact with them, so we can exchange ideas. They want to supply us with the best material and we can make suggestions. I suggested an adjustable seat post, to easily change the height, that's also positive for the buyers. It's important that Ridley Bikes supports us. There's a constant evolution in the bike world, so you need the best engineers. At Ridley Bikes they are always looking for innovations to make the bikes even better."

    "As a rider I appreciate that Ridley Bikes takes our advice to heart. The good relationship between the riders and Ridley Bikes is necessary for the future. The Noah SL is the next step in the development. I already did a training with the Noah SL and a first impression never deceives. The frame looks good and is lighter. It's also stiff, which is very important. This is a fast bike. I'm looking forward to race with it."


    F-Split fork (patented)
    The Noah SL features the latest evolution of the F-Split fork. This patented technology, with twin fork blades, dramatically lowers the drag by pulling away the frontal airflow from the wheel. The Noah SL fork is fully integrated into the frame so it creates a smooth transition with the headtube. Together with the lowered downtube and the front wheel cut-out this area offers superior aerodynamic performance.

    In-mould F-Surface (patented)
    To optimize the laminar airflow at the tubing we borrowed the innovative In-mould F-Surface from our Dean FAST. Strategically placed surface channels, on the downtube and seatpost, create micro turbulences at the boundary layer, keeping the airflow as close to the surface as possible. This decreases drag by 5%

    Wheel cutouts
    Both front and rear wheel are tucked in the frame design to minimize the gaps. This further decreases the turbulence in these areas.

    Internal cablerouting
    The Noah SL is compatible with both mechanical and electronic drivetrains and all cables run internally, through smart cableguides. This gives a clean look, improves aerodynamics, protects the wires from the elements and lowers the weight.

    Dropped aero seatstays
    We launched the dropped aero seatstays on the Dean FAST where they proved their aerodynamic benefits. One of the main goals during the development of the Noah SL was improving the comfort level without negatively affecting the lateral stiffness.

    Wheel- & Tire clearance
    We made sure the Noah SL would be compatible with the latest offerings of wider aero rims. Next to that, both frame and fork are fully suited to accept 25mm tires, which offer better grip and more comfort.

    Watch the launch video with Boris Vallée:


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  • Download the new wallpaper!

    25 august 2014 - 15:08

    Download now the wallpaper of the month August!

    Go to our multimedia page.

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  • 30% discount in our e-shop!

    18 august 2014 - 19:08

    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. You can also buy a pair of shorts. And for rainy 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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