Past weekend was successful for the youth team of the Lotto Belisol Ladies, with winning three races and a GC! The elite team grabbed a provincial time trial title thanks to Isabelle Beckers. In the Energiewacht Tour the team collected a few top ten results.
Vandenbulcke wins Energiewacht Tour for juniors
Fenna Vanhoutte wins twice
Top 10 results
Liesbet De Vocht reached her goal, she became seventh in the Tour of Flanders and so ended up in the top ten. The victory was for the Dutch rider Ellen Van Dijk. Jolien D'hoore became 14th.
On the cobbles of the Paddestraat, between Molenberg and Leberg, Marion Rousse lost contact with the bunch. That way four Lotto Belisol Ladies were left in the peloton: Amy Cure, Jolien D'hoore, Liesbet De Vocht and Lieselot Decroix. After 60 kilometers of racing the Dutch champion Lucinda brand attacked. She didn't stay ahead for long. On the Leberg Roxane Knetemann and Shara Gillow took off, they didn't get much space either and were caught soon.
The decisive attack came on the Kruisberg, 26 kilometers before the finish. Ellen Van Dijk started a solo. The rider of Boels - Dolmans rode over the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg on her own. Then thirteen kilometers were left, perfect for the world champion time trial. At the finish she had 1'01" lead on her teammate Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Johansson. Two seconds later a group of seven with Liesbet De Vocht crossed the finish line. The Belgian champion became seventh in the Ronde. Jolien D'hoore was 14th.
7th place for De Vocht
"I didn't have bad luck along the way and could always maintain a position in the front of the peloton from the first climb on and that's what you need in the Tour of Flanders. My condition is definitely good and I hope that turns out in a victory or podium place one of the following weeks. The next race is the Energiewacht Tour. That's more about spending time on the bike. It's a race cut out for sprinters, I'd love to help Amy Cure and Jolien D'hoore. April is a very nice month. In the Flèche Wallonne I want to support Emma Pooley and get as far as possible myself. On the 1st of May it's the Belgian Championship time trial where I'm the defending champion."
Sunday the eleventh Tour of Flanders for women will take place. Start and finish of this third World Cup race lie in Oudenaarde.
I aim for top ten
"I'm an offensive rider. One of the positive scenarios for me would be that there's an attack halfway and we reach the top of the Oude Kwaremont with a small group. Then the top favourites can possibly come back from the background. If all stays together till the Kwaremont you just have to get to the top with the ten best (laughs). Jolien D'hoore is of course also part of the selection and she's fast. If none of us both is part of the first group we have to chase after the Paterberg."
Selection Lotto Belisol Ladies: Amy Cure, Jolien D'hoore, Liesbet De Vocht, Lieselot Decroix, Marion Rousse and Celine Van Severen.
Last Wednesday Amy Cure set a nice result by becoming third in Dwars door Vlaanderen. It was her first road race in the shirt of the Lotto Belisol Ladies. Halfway a front group of four was formed with the Tasmanian rider. Amy Pieters closed the gap on her own and the five of them rode to the finish together after 77 kilometers of racing. The Dutch rider Amy Pieters was the fastest, her fellow countrywoman Kim de Baat got second. Amy Cure finished third and could step on the podium. Jolien D'hoore took the second place in the peloton sprint behind Kirsten Wild, good for the seventh place.
Sunday the Lotto Belisol Ladies will cover a double programme. There's a team at the start of Ghent-Wevelgem and one at the Trofeo Binda, the second race of the World Cup. Ghent-Wevelgem is 115.2 kilometers long and actually starts in Ieper. The women will have to cover five hills: two times the Kemmel and Monteberg and in between the Baneberg. The second ascent of the Kemmel takes place at about 40 kilometers from the finish, immediately followed by the Monteberg. Then it's 36 kilometers to go till Wevelgem.
Dany Schoonbaert, manager Lotto Belisol Ladies: "Amy Cure is a talented rider. Dwars door Vlaanderen was her first road race of the season and she immediately shared in the prizes. She obviously feels good in her new team. This week Amy did a recon of the entire route of Ghent-Wevelgem together with Sergey Ivanov. She appreciates that we do such efforts for her. I have the strongest possible selection for Ghent-Wevelgem and want to score. In the Trofeo Binda we start with a young team, I hope for top fifteen."
Selection Ghent-Wevelgem: Isabelle Beckers, Amy Cure, Jolien D'hoore, Liesbet De Vocht, Lieselot Decroix, Chantal Hoffmann and Marion Rousse.
Selection Trofeo Binda: Molly Meyvisch, Sarah Rijkes, Celine Van Severen, Anisha Vekemans and Sara Verhaest.
The Lotto Belisol Ladies will start in the GP Stad Waregem or Dwars door Vlaanderen for women today. The race is 77 kilometers long and consists of seven laps of eleven kilometers. Last year Jolien D'hoore became second in Waregem, she's part of the selection for this afternoon.
The team has already had a good start of the season. In the Tour of Drenthe, the first race of the World Cup, Belgian champion Liesbet De Vocht got fifteenth. De Vocht had bad luck that day with two crashes so she might have ended up higher in the ranking otherwise. A day later the Novilon Eurocup was contested, also in Drenthe. D'hoore became fourth.
Past Sunday the Lotto Belisol Ladies rode the GP Cholet. D'hoore finished second in the sprint behind Emma Johansson. Elisa Longo Borghini could step on the podium as the number three of the race. De Vocht became fourth at four seconds.
The Lotto Belisol Ladies have a world champion in the team! Amy Cure took gold last Saturday in the points race at the World Championships in Cali, Colombia. A day earlier she had taken bronze in the individual pursuit and with the Australian team she had also won bronze in the team pursuit.
First senior world title
This is what I've been training for
Battle with Stephanie Pohl
Messages of support
Two bronze medals
World Championships track
Today the World Championships track begin in Cali, Colombia. Two Lotto Belisol Ladies have travelled to South-America: the Belgian Jolien D'hoore and the Australian Amy Cure.
Cali, in the southwest of Colombia, is situated at 1003 meters height. It's six hours earlier than in Belgium. Jolien D'hoore will take part in the team pursuit and the omnium, the races of the omnium are held this weekend. In December she took a bronze medal in this discipline in the World Cup in Aguascalientes. Also at the European Championship in Apeldoorn in October she became third. Amy Cure is part of the five member Australian selection for the team pursuit together with Ashlee Ankudinoff, Annette Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins and Isabella King. The team pursuit is programmed tomorrow and is raced by four riders. In January Cure won two national titles. She took gold in the individual and in the team pursuit, this with the Tasmanian team. Friday she will participate in the individual pursuit in Cali.
Yesterday the Lotto Belisol Ladies announced that the team is reinforced with a 15th elite rider: Heidi Dalton. The South-African neo-pro, which turns 19 in March, already set some nice results this year. In the South-African championship time trial she became second, in the road race she won bronze. In 2013 she became national junior champion for the second year in a row, both in time trial and road race.
From the 11th until the 18th of February most of the Lotto Belisol Ladies went to Calpe for a training camp. In the meantime the team already had taken part in the first race of the season: the Tour of Qatar. Next up is the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday 1st of March. Team manager Dany Schoonbaert looks back on the training camp and talks about the goals for this season.
Successful training camp
Season started well
Riding a strong early season
Climbing on the UCI ranking
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