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  • Decroix holds Lotto Science Chair

    26 november 2014 - 16:11

    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
    Marc Frederix, director marketing Belgian National Lottery:
    "Just like the games of the National Lottery sport is also a game in which one wants to win. By investing in this Lotto chair the National Lottery wants to make it possible that sport in general and cycling in specific, is innovative to get an attractive and honest competition. Cycling is a social popular sport, an active top sport and also moves the passive supporter on the terrain and in front of the television or who listens to the radio. Scientific research can play a role in controlling the coincidence in the sport even more, so the intensity of the sport and the perception by the spectators grows. The National Lottery is pleased to support and finance - thanks to the stakes of our players - the research."

    Focus on the brain
    Jan Mathieu, team doctor Lotto Belisol:
    "Since two years the team cooperates with the VUB. On regular times we sit together to discuss ideas and evolutions and to possibly implement those ideas and evolutions. Last year we did research of the sleeping pattern, we work around power and specifically with next year in mind we will focus on the brain. That means the reaction time, concentration, but mental coaching for example as well. The intention is that the VUB gives us scientific advice that we can implement."

    Medical team
    "Next to our cooperation with the VUB we have our sport-functional cooperation with Energy Lab for testings, training and nutrition, the tasks of our medical staff, our preventive work with cardiologic tests, scans and radiography, curing the riders and the work of our physiotherapists and osteopaths. Consultation and cooperation of everyone involved is important, so our riders are optimally supported."

    A healthy mind in a healthy body
    Romain Meeusen, Head of Department Human Physiology VUB:
    "Thanks to the Lotto chair the research of the limits of performance and fatigue can be continued. For years we have been doing research of how the brain, as important factor, directs the fatigue during physical exertion. Recovering from fatigue and an improvement of the recuperation are important research goals. That can't only help someone who sports, but also other people. (Sports) scientists are more and more aware of the importance of the functioning of the brain during physical exertion. In the past we could already prove that moving doesn't only stimulate the functioning of the brains, but also forms new brain cells. It's more and more obvious that - indeed - it's necessary to have a healthy mind in a healthy body."

    Two passions united
    Lieselot Decroix, VUB, Lotto Belisol ladies team and holder of the Lotto Science Chair:
    "The Lotto chair unites my two big passions: cycling and science. I started cycling when I was fifteen years old and when I was nineteen I signed a contract with the Lotto Belisol Ladies for 2007 and 2008. In 2007 I took the eleventh place at the World Championships in Stuttgart and I qualified for the Olympics in Beijing. In 2014 I returned to where it all began: the Lotto Belisol Ladies."

    Foundations for innovations
    "As a scientist my career started in 2012 when I got my master degree in biomedical sciences. I was very interested in the functioning of the human body, especially during physical exertion. As a top sportsman or -woman you give the best of yourself every day again and you are constantly looking for your sporty limits. Every per cent you gain with training, nutrition and recovery can make the difference between winning and losing. Scientific research lies the foundations of innovations in training, nutrition and recovery, and scientific results can be translated into practical guidelines for sportsmen and -women. It was a dream for me to combine science and cycling. After the Tour of Italy I was informed by Lotto and the VUB that that dream would come true thanks to the Lotto chair."

    The research
    "Thanks to the Lotto chair I can focus on the bike, both for the sport and science. This research focuses on the improvement of the recuperation of cyclists via nutritional intervention and the influence of the physical exertion on the functioning of the brains will be examined. The research itself of course won't be performed with professional cyclists, but the results can be used and applied to optimize the guidance of the riders. Apart from that the Lotto chair is also a scientific support of the Lotto Belisol cycling team, Lotto Soudal next year."

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  • D'hoore wins at Lotto Six Days

    24 november 2014 - 10:11

    Just like last year Jolien D'hoore won the women's omnium at the Lotto Six Days Flanders-Ghent after she was the best in all six events, spread over three days.

    D'hoore opens strongly in the scratch
    The first night D'hoore was the best in the scratch, beating world champion Kelly Druyts. Next, she won the individual pursuit, while teammate Jesse Vandenbulcke got fifth. In the elimination on Saturday D'hoore sprinted faster than Kelly Druyts at the end. Jesse Vandenbulcke took the third place. In the 500-metres time trial the top three was the same. D'hoore set a time of 36.25.

    Nice fourth place for Vandenbulcke
    Sunday afternoon D'hoore covered the flying lap (166 m) in 9.99. In the points race, the final event, she showed her power again. Kelly Druyts and Lotte Kopecky got second and third in the omnium. With the fifth place in the points race Vandenbulcke secured the fourth place in the final ranking. Teammate Molly Meyvisch was eleventh.







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  • The team for 2015

    21 november 2014 - 15:11

    The ladies team of Lotto Soudal will be composed of fifteen riders next year. Eight women will stay with the team, that means there are seven new names compared to 2014. The youth team consists of four riders.

    Eight nationalities
    Next year there will be eight nationalities in the team. Six women are Belgian: Beckers, Daams, Decroix, Meyvisch, Vandenbulcke and Vekemans. With Elena Cecchini and Susanna Zorzi the team welcomes two Italian riders. Also Australia will be represented by a duo: Amy Cure and Carlee Taylor. The latter was already part of the Lotto Belisol Ladies in 2013. The French rider Marion Rousse stays with the team, just like Chantal Hoffmann from Luxembourg and Sarah Rijkes from Austria. Because of the signing of Anouk Rijff there will also be a Dutchwoman in the team. Last but not least there's Jacquelina Alvarez from Argentina.

    Youth team
    One of the riders that leaves the main team is Sara Verhaest. In 2015 she will ride for the youth team. Jesse Vandenbulcke makes the opposite movement. The youth team consists of four riders. Sara Verhaest and Catherine Wernimont will ride in the elite category. Fenna Vanhoutte is a junior. The fourth and last rider is Julie Roelandts, she is an aspirant of 12 years. On the 11th of November she got second at the Championship of Flanders cyclo-cross.

    Ladies team 2015
    Alvarez, Jacquelina (ARG) new
    Beckers, Isabelle (BEL)
    Cecchini, Elena (ITA) new
    Cure, Amy (AUS)
    Daams, Jessie (BEL) new
    Decroix, Lieselot (BEL)
    Hoffmann, Chantal (LUX)
    Meyvisch, Molly (BEL)
    Rijff, Anouk (NED) new
    Rijkes, Sarah (AUT)
    Rousse, Marion (FRA)
    Taylor, Carlee (AUS) new
    Vandenbulcke, Jesse (BEL) new
    Vekemans, Anisha (BEL)
    Zorzi, Susanna (ITA) new

    Youth team
    Verhaest, Sara (BEL) - Elite
    Wernimont, Catherine (BEL) - Elite
    Vanhoutte, Fenna (BEL) - Junior
    Roelandts, Julie (BEL) - Aspirant 12 years






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  • Lotto Six Days Women's omnium

    20 november 2014 - 19:11

    Tuesday the Lotto Six Days Flanders-Ghent began. Tomorrow, Friday the 21st of November, the women will start their Three Days Omnium. Jolien D'hoore, Molly Meyvisch and Jesse Vandenbulcke, rider of the Lotto Belisol Ladies youth team, will take part in it. There will be twelve women in total.

    The first night the scratch and individual pursuit are programmed. Saturday it's the elimination and 500-metres time trial. On the final day the women have to start at one o'clock in the afternoon. First they will cover the flying lap. Next is the points race, the last event of the women's omnium.






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  • International Belgian Open Ghent

    17 november 2014 - 12:11

    Past weekend the International Belgian Open Ghent took place. Four Lotto Belisol Ladies were part of the Belgian selection for this track event: Jolien D'hoore, Molly Meyvisch, Jesse Vandenbulcke and Catherine Wernimont.

    D'hoore best in the omnium
    Jolien D'hoore, who recently won the omnium at the World Cup in Guadalajara, could triumph in front of her home crowd as well. She was the best in all six events of the omnium. D'hoore won with a total amount of 246 points. Lithuanian rider Ausrine Trebaite got second with 220 points. Anna Lisa Cucinotta, who collected 199 points, finished on the third place. Jesse Vandenbulcke, rider of the Lotto Belisol Ladies youth team, became fifteenth out of twenty participants.

    Catherine Wernimont couldn't make it to the final of the keirin. She also took part in the sprint, she was ninth and last. Her teammate Molly Meyvisch got fourteenth in the scratch out of fifteen participants, in the points race she got tenth and last.





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  • Good start of campaign for Rio

    14 november 2014 - 10:11

    Last weekend Jolien D'hoore won gold in the omnium at the World Cup track in Guadalajara. She talks about how that felt. Her next two races are in Ghent.

    Jolien D'hoore:
    "This gold medal is a relief. At the European Championships in Guadeloupe I took silver and I was disappointed that I had just missed out on gold. This victory is a bit of a compensation for that as well. I'm really happy I could win. After two events I had conquered the first position and I didn't let it go anymore. Although it was tense for a moment during the elimination, the last event of day one. I crashed with three other girls. I had five laps to get back in the race and luckily I could. The others were less fortunate."

    Good start of the campaign for Rio
    "This was the first important international race in the qualification for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. I had a good start of my campaign. The next World Cup is in London from 5th until 7th December. Of course I want to defend my leader's jersey, but I'll just focus on the omnium itself. Then I'll see if I keep my jersey."

    Set new records
    "I hope to set some records in London again. In Guadalajara I set a new Belgian record in the 500-metres time trial. In the time events I always try to set a record, a personal or a national one. That way you automatically get close in the classification. The next races it's my goal to always do better."

    "This weekend I'll ride the omnium at the International Belgian Open Ghent. It's the perfect moment to show myself for my home crowd. I'm looking forward to it. Next is the omnium for women at the Six Days of Ghent on 21st, 22nd and 23rd November."




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  • Gold medal for D'hoore in Mexico

    10 november 2014 - 11:11

    Jolien D'hoore has won the omnium at the World Cup track in Guadalajara, Mexico! During the podium ceremony she wasn't only awarded the gold medal, but she could put on the leader's jersey of the World Cup as well.

    Successfully defended the first place
    On day one D'hoore conquered the first place. She had become third in the scratch and fourth in the individual pursuit as well as the elimination. Yesterday, Sunday 9th of November, the last three events took place. In the 500-metres time trial she set the second best time. That was also her result in the flying lap. In the points race the Belgian got fourth. D'hoore collected 193 points in total in the omnium. She beat the Cuban Marlies Mejias Garcia (183 points) and the Polish Malgorzata Wojtyra (166 points).

    By winning this first World Cup of the season D'hoore leads the ranking. She can defend that position in London on 6th and 7th of December.



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  • World Cup Guadalajara

    8 november 2014 - 13:11

    Today, Saturday 8th of November, and tomorrow Jolien D'hoore takes part in the omnium at the World Cup track in Guadalajara, Mexico. On day one the scratch, individual pursuit and elimination are programmed. Tomorrow there is first a 500-metres time trial and flying lap. The points race is the final event. The omnium starts today at 09:00 local time, that's 16:00 CET. 




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  • Jessie Daams reinforces the team

    7 november 2014 - 12:11

    Next year Jessie Daams will reinforce the team. After four seasons she chooses again for a Belgian team. The 24-year-old Daams is a rider for selective one-day races, like the Flèche Wallonne, and tough stage races. In the past she won some medals on the track, but now she completely focuses on the road.

    In 2012 Daams won the sixth stage of the Thüringen Rundfahrt. In the Boels Rental Hills Classic she finished in top ten a few times. In the Flèche Wallonne 2013 she got tenth. Last year she won the Flandrienne election. Jessie elaborates on her choice for Lotto Soudal.

    Ready for next step
    Jessie Daams:
    "One of the reasons I signed with Lotto Soudal is that it's a Belgian team. Since 2011 I've ridden for foreign teams. Lotto Soudal matches my ambitions, I can cover the programme I want with the big international races. I'll get to ride for myself. In the big teams I rode for the past seasons, I gained lots of experience and I was able to learn from the top riders. Now I'm ready for the next step."

    Flèche Wallonne as favourite race
    "The Flèche Wallonne is my favourite race, I want to set a strong performance there. The Boels Rental Hills Classic also suits me. It's nearly on my training route and close to home you're always more motivated. Apart from that I'll focus on the more selective stage races. If there's a long time trial chasing a GC is harder for me, but when you do well in one of the stages the GC often follows. Bira always suits me, just like the Thüringen Rundfahrt. Of course the Giro Rosa is marked in my agenda."

    Train for 2015
    "I just started my preparation for next season. My wrist is still a little bit sore after my crash at the World Championships in Ponferrada, but that doesn't bother me when I train. In November I ride on the rollers and I go out mountain biking. I go to the gym as well. Depending on the weather conditions I'll do a training camp abroad in December or January, then I will head into the mountains."

    Name: Jessie Daams
    Date of birth: 28/05/1990
    Place of birth: Neerpelt (BEL)
    Twitter: @Jessiedaams

    2009 - 2010: Topsport Vlaanderen - Thompson Ladies Team
    2011: Garmin - Cervélo
    2012: AA Drink - Cycling Team
    2013: Dolmans - Boels Cycling Team
    2014: Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team





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