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  • Silver for D'hoore at EC track

    20 october 2014 - 13:10

    Jolien D'hoore has won silver in the omnium at the European Track Championships in Guadeloupe. After the first day the Belgian led the classification. She conquered that spot after the second place in the scratch, third place in the individual pursuit and second place in the elimination. D'hoore had four points more than Kirsten Wild and Laura Trott. Three disciplines were left.

    In the 500 metres time trial Jolien D'hoore got second, just like in the flying lap. With only the points race to come Laura Trott had as many points as D'hoore. In the points race D'hoore lost the gold to Trott, the difference was only one point. The German rider Anna Knauer took the bronze.


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  • Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour

    11 september 2014 - 11:09

    Today is the start of the Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour. The riders will begin with a prologue of 7.82 kilometers in Soignies. Tomorrow there's a stage of 110 kilometers with start and finish in Honnelles. A lap of 12.24 kilometers will have to be covered nine times.

    On Saturday there's another time trial, then the teams will have to compete against each other. The course in Colfontaine is 20.1 kilometers long. Next there's a stage in Halle of almost 103 kilometers that consists of nine local laps. Geraardsbergen will welcome the Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour on the final day. The women can warm up with a first lap of 29.31 kilometers. That is followed by one of 33.28 kilometers. In both laps the ladies will have to cover Tenbosse. At the end there are two laps of 18.86 kilometers with the Muur. The finish lies on the Vesten.

    Prologue: Thursday 11th of September: Soignies - Soignies (7,82 km)
    Stage 1: Friday 12th of September: Honnelles - Honnelles (110,16 km)
    Stage 2: Saturday 13th of September: Colfontaine - Colfontaine (20,1 km) (TTT)
    Stage 3: Sunday 14th of September: Halle-Buizingen (102,7km)
    Stage 4: Monday 15th of September: Geraardsbergen - Geraardsbergen (100,3 km)

    Selection Lotto Belisol Ladies: Isabelle Beckers, Amy Cure, Jolien D'hoore, Chantal Hoffmann, Joëlle Numainville and Anisha Vekemans.

    Photo: Krist Vanmelle

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  • Stages La Route de France

    10 august 2014 - 11:08

    A team of six Lotto Belisol Ladies stands at the start of La Route de France. This is a seven-day stage race which heads from the west of France to the east. The start takes place this afternoon in the Vendée. Mouilleron-en-Pareds hosts the start and finish of the first stage and the second stage begins there as well. The race ends on Saturday the 16th of August in the department Saône-et-Loire.

    Selection Lotto Belisol Ladies: Jolien D'hoore, Liesbet De Vocht, Lieselot Decroix, Sarah Rijkes, Celine Van Severen and Anisha Vekemans.

    Stage 1: Sunday 10th August: Mouilleron-en-Pareds - Mouilleron-en-Pareds (106.4 km)
    Stage 2: Monday 11th August: Mouilleron-en-Pareds - Ligné (123.9 km)
    Stage 3: Tuesday 12th August: Château du Loir - Vendôme (116.8 km)
    Stage 4: Wednesday 13th August: Cloyes-sur-le-Loir - Châlette-sur-Loing (137.1 km)
    Stage 5: Thursday 14th August: Paucourt - Migennes (97.3 km)
    Stage 6: Friday 15th August: Pougues-les-Eaux - Varennes-sur-Allier (120.5 km)
    Stage 7: Saturday 16th August: Marcigny - Marcigny (90 km)


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  • Two medals for Amy Cure

    6 august 2014 - 15:08

    The Australian Amy Cure conquered two medals at the past Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In the individual pursuit she battled against Scottish Katie Archibald for bronze, the rider of the Lotto Belisol Ladies turned out to be the best. Gold was for the English rider Joanna Roswell. Cures fellow countrywoman Annette Edmondson gained silver.

    A day later Cure attended the scratch event. The 21-year-old got second and on the podium she received the silver medal. She stood next to Edmondson again, who had won gold this time. Elinor Barker, from Wales, completed the top three.

    The Commonwealth
    Amy Cure looks back on her two medal races and tells about the importance of the Commonwealth Games. Just like the Olympics those are held each four years. All members that are part of the Commonwealth can take part. That are 53 independent countries, who set up a voluntary association, divided over several continents. There are members of the Americas and Caribbean (e.g. Canada and Jamaica), Africa (e.g. Cameroon and South-Africa), Asia (e.g. India and Maldives), Europe (Cyprus, Malta and the United Kingdom) and the Pacific (e.g. Australia and New-Zealand). The British Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the Commonwealth and has a symbolic function.

    Individual pursuit: Bronze
    Amy Cure
    : "In the individual pursuit I was one of the last to start. Unfortunately my time wasn't fast enough to get in the gold-silver medal ride-off, but then I just wanted to secure that bronze medal. One of my strongest points is the start, so I knew I had to get a really quick start. I had my coach walking the line. With one lap to go I realized I had the bronze medal in hand. At that point I was feeling very confident. I was ahead of Katie Archibald and I knew I had enough energy to keep it going on the same momentum."

    Scratch: Silver
    "We went into the scratch race with a team plan to try to take Nettie Edmondson to the win. I tried to join some moves as well, but Nettie was our best option for gold. Everything went according to plan. I managed to come off with the silver, which was really good of course. I had done a big lead-out for Nettie and was expecting for everyone to come around me. That medal was a bit unexpected, I was really happy with it."

    The importance of the Commonwealth Games
    "For us Commonwealth Countries these Games are really important, it's just underneath the Olympics. For us it's a bit more worth than a World Championship. It means a lot to us. These Commonwealth Games are very big in Australia. I remember as a little kid sitting down in front of the television to watch the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics, that was the highlight every second year."

    Back to road racing
    "I'm back in Belgium now and I have the Trophée d'Or coming up as my next road race and then the Boels Rental Ladies Tour. I'm very excited to get back on the road and help out the team. It's been a good first road season with the Lotto Belisol Ladies so far, although I had some crashes and lost a bit of confidence. I'm bouncing back now and I'm really looking forward to a good last half of the season."

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  • 2 times silver for Pooley

    5 august 2014 - 17:08

    Emma Pooley has completed her last days as a professional cyclist. The time trial and road race at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were her last two races. She defended the English colours. In both races she gained the silver medal!

    Time trial
    The time trial was 30 kilometers long, the riders had to cover the course in wet conditions. Emma Pooley was faster than Linda Villumsen at all three intermediate time checks. But Villumsen gained time in the last kilometers and won with six seconds advantage on Pooley. The Australian rider Katrin Garfoot won bronze, she was 48 seconds slower than the winner.

    Road race
    The women's road race consisted of seven laps of 14 kilometers. The English squad took control of the race. With 40 kilometers to go five riders took off: Pooley, teammate Armitstead, Cromwell, Moolman and Villumsen. Archibald and Elvin joined them a bit later. Pooley went solo at 11.5 kilometers from the end. Armitstead caught up with her teammate, when 7 kilometers were left. She continued solo and won with 25 seconds advantage on Pooley, who managed to stay ahead of her chasers by 46 seconds. A photo finish had to clarify who had won the bronze medal. Ashleigh Moolman was the lucky one, Tiffany Cromwell stranded on place four.

    Emma Pooley: "I was happy to get the silver medal in the time trial, but also a bit disappointed that I missed out on gold. It was very close. But you can't change anything afterwards. I'm just so pleased that I won a medal in the time trial, it's a nice way to finish my career. In the road race I worked for Lizzie Armitstead, so I didn't expect to get on the podium. I worked hard for her. At a certain moment I was solo and then Lizzie bridged to me. I was lucky to stay ahead and gain the silver."

    "It was not so hard to defend that second place. I just kept riding. I'm surprised they didn't catch me, because I had done most of the work in the break. When I crossed the finish line on Sunday I was very emotional because of the cheering, the crowd, my family who was there and of course because it was my last race. As a team we won the race and I got a medal myself. So I wasn't emotional in a sad way, but I knew I would never have that feeling again in a bike race. I'll just keep on training for triathlons now."



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  • De Vocht 2nd in LCC

    4 august 2014 - 18:08

    Past weekend the seventh and last race of the Lotto Cycling Cup took place: the Erondegemse Pijl. Ann-Sophie Duyck arrived solo at the finish, eight seconds later the peloton sprinted for the second place. Liesbet De Vocht turned out to be the fastest of the pack. The Swiss riders Désirée Ehrler completed the top three. In the overall classification of the Lotto Cycling Cup De Vocht got second with 151 points. Just like in 2013 Sofie De Vuyst is the overall winner, with a total amount of 188 points. Valerie Demey, third in GC, won the youth classification. She had 21 points more than Celine Van Severen, who was sixth overall. The Lotto Belisol Ladies were third in the club classification.

    Liesbet De Vocht got second on Sunday as well. In Ninove she finished behind Maaike Polspoel.

    Yesterday there was a Lotto Belisol Ladies delegation at the start of the Sparkassen Giro, a World Cup race. Marianne Vos won before Bronzini and Lepistö. Jolien D'hoore became fourth, a nice result.


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  • Commonwealth Games

    4 august 2014 - 14:08

    From the 23rd of July until the 3rd of August the Commonwealth Games took place in Glasgow, Scotland. Amy Cure and Emma Pooley both returned home with two medals.

    Amy Cure gained the bronze medal in the 3000 meters individual pursuit. A duel with Katie Archibald decided about the third place. A day later the Australian rider of the Lotto Belisol Ladies conquered silver in the scratch race (10 kilometers).

    For Emma Pooley the time trial and road race at the Commonwealth Games were her last races before she retired from cycling. She won silver twice for England.


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  • Pooley retires from cycling

    29 july 2014 - 18:07

    Emma Pooley has decided to retire from cycling. She will do two more races: the time trial (31st of July) and road race (3rd of August) at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Recently she won three stages at the Giro Rosa and could go home with the green jersey as winner of the mountain classification.

    She can look back on a successful cycling career. In 2010 she won the world time trial title and Flèche Wallonne. At the Olympic Games in Beijing Emma gained the silver medal in the time trial. Over the years she collected three national time trial titles, the last one this season, and in 2010 she won the British road race title. She has won 6 UCI World Cup races in her career. Emma Pooley has had great results in stage races as well. In 2009 she won La Grande Boucle Féminine, in 2010 she won the Tour de l'Aude, and in the Giro she finished second on GC in 2011 and 2012. Now she wants to focus on triathlon. Emma talks about her decision, her plans for the future and looks back on her cycling career.

    Retire at the right moment
    Emma Pooley:
    "I've decided to retire from cycling after the Commonwealth Games. That's something I've been thinking about for a while. I want to stop at a time that's right for me. Now I have the time and opportunity to do triathlon in the second part of this year, in 2015 and maybe the two years after that as well. I want to stop at the right moment. Even if I hadn't won three stages at the Giro Rosa I would have stopped and have been satisfied with the season, because I did my best and I've been very happy in the Lotto Belisol Ladies team. I'm very lucky to be able to choose when to stop and not to be forced because of an injury for example. And I'm grateful to have the backing 100% of the Lotto Belisol team in my decision."

    A new challenge: triathlon
    "I'm leaving professional cycling partly because I want to do more triathlons. I need a different challenge. It's also difficult to combine both sports. I want to focus 100% and if I continue cycling and do triathlon as well that wouldn't be fair to the sport. I've loved cycling and I'm really lucky with the opportunities I had. I think I have potential in triathlon and want to see how far I can come. When I started competing in cycling races nine years ago I never expected to be professional or go to the Olympics. I've been really lucky to have that opportunity, and especially to have had the support and encouragement of some wonderful people throughout my career - especially at the start. I think I can look back and be proud of my performances in cycling."

    "In September I'll take part in the World Championship long distance duathlon in Zofingen, Switzerland. Then I'll take a break. In November and December I'll do some Iron Man and longer triathlons in Asia, for example Thailand and Taiwan. And then in Australia. The second half of this year I mainly want to do races for fun. Next year I'll do more Iron Man races. Now I can focus my training completely on triathlon. I want to see how far I can come. Just like was the case when I started cycling."

    The highlights
    "The first UCI race I won, a stage in Thüringen-Rundfahrt in 2007, was definitely one of the highlights in my career. Obviously the World Championships were that as well just as the silver medal in the 2008 Olympics. The sixth stage at the Giro this year was the most emotional win I've ever had. Partly because I didn't believe I could do it and partly because it was so hard to win. It had been a long time since I had won a race on that level. I knew that it's so nice to finish on a high and it was one of the last chances to win a stage there. What I will miss most when I'll have quit cycling are the people. Certainly my teammates, but also the people from other teams. I'm privileged to know so many amazing people, who I've met over the years in the sport. The Commonwealth Games are still a big personal target. I'm focusing on the time trial. After the Giro Rosa I did many trainings on my time trial bike. I'm really looking forward to the race. All my family is coming to watch. That will be really special."

    Name: Emma Pooley
    Date of birth: 03/10/1982
    Place of birth: London

    2006: Team FBUK
    2007 - 2008: Team Specialized Designs for Women
    2009 - 2010: Cervélo Test Team Women
    2011: Garmin - Cervélo
    2012: AA Drink - Cycling Team
    2013: Bigla Girls Cycling Team
    2014: Lotto Belisol Ladies

    2007: Weiach, Rund um Schönaich, Stage 3 Thüringen-Rundfahrt der Frauen
    2008: Perth Criterium Series Race 2: Joondalup, Perth Criterium Series Race 3: Victoria Park, Perth Criterium Series Race 4: Vincent, Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Stage 3 Tour de Bretagne, Stage 4a (ITT) Tour de Bretagne, GC Tour de Bretagne, Stage 4 Tour de l'Ardèche
    2009: Trofeo Costa Etrusca GP Comuni Rosignano - Livorno, Montréal, Stage 1 (ITT) Grande Boucle Féminine, Stage 3 Grande Boucle Féminine, GC Grande Boucle Féminine, Radsporttag Bern-West, GP Ouest France - Plouay, British Championship time trial
    2010: Westkerke, Flèche Wallonne, GP de Suisse, GP Elsy Jacobs, Stage 2 (TTT) Tour de l'Aude, Stage 7 Tour de l'Aude, GC Tour de l'Aude, Stage 1 Giro del Trentino Alto Adige - Südtirol, GC Giro del Trentino Alto Adige - Südtirol, British Championship road race, GP Ouest France - Plouay, British Championship time trial, World Championship time trial
    2011: Perth Criterium Series Race 1: Perth Northbridge, Perth Criterium Series Race 3: Vincent, Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Stage 3a (ITT) Iurreta-Emakumeen Bira, Stage 8 Giro d'Italia Donne, Stage 4 Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen, GP Oberbaselbiet, Chur - Arosa, Stage 3 Tour de l'Ardèche, GC Tour de l'Ardèche
    2012: Berner Rundfahrt, Durango - Durango Emakumeen Saria, Stage 2 Emakumeen Euskal Bira, Stage 3 Tour de l'Ardèche, Stage 6 Tour de l'Ardèche, GC Tour de l'Ardèche
    2013: GP Raiffeisen (Oberwangen), GP Luzern, Stage 3 Tour Languedoc Roussillon, GC Tour Languedoc Roussillon, Stage 3 (ITT) Czech Tour, Stage 5 Czech Tour
    2014: British Championship time trial, stage 6 Giro Rosa, stage 8 Giro Rosa, stage 9 Giro Rosa, mountain classification Giro Rosa

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  • Preview La Course

    25 july 2014 - 13:07

    Sunday it's finally time, then the women will ride La Course! This race is organized by ASO, just like the Tour de France. Before the men will ride the last Tour kilometers of this edition on the famous avenue in Paris, the ladies will battle on the Champs Elysées for the first victory of La Course.

    Online petition
    It all began with an online petition of Le Tour Entier, founded by Emma Pooley, Kathryn Bertine, Marianne Vos and Chrissie Wellington. More than 97.000 people signed that petition. This initiative was followed by a cooperation with ASO.

    Champs Elysées
    La Course by le Tour de France consists of thirteen laps of about seven kilometers on the Champs Elysées, good for a total distance of 89 kilometers. There will be twenty teams of six participants at the start, like the Lotto Belisol Ladies. The women will start at ten to one in the afternoon. The race will be broadcasted live on twelve channels, which can be watched in 104 countries.

    Jolien D'hoore: "I think everyone is really looking forward to Sunday. It's the first time this race takes place, a milestone for women's cycling. We start with teams of six riders and I'm glad I'm one of them. I'm proud to show the Belgian national jersey in Paris. I expect there will be many people along the road. There will be so much more media attention than we are used to and the race will be broadcasted live. That's all new for us. It's exciting."

    "I expect that it will be fast from the start. It will be a tough race. Everyone will want to show that women can race as well. We definitely have to try to get into top five, maybe even top three. I think everybody wants to stand on that podium on the Champs Elysées. I certainly hope there is more to come, next year maybe a stage race of one week or longer. This is a step in the right direction."

    Selection Lotto Belisol Ladies: Jolien D'hoore, Liesbet De Vocht, Lieselot Decroix, Chantal Hoffmann, Emma Pooley and Anisha Vekemans.

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