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  • Successful week for the team

    14 april 2014 - 16:04

    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
    Jesse Vandenbulcke won the second stage of the junior edition of the Energiewacht Tour on Saturday. She also conquered the leader's jersey that day and didn't gave it away anymore in the last stage on Sunday. Jesse has had a great week, because last Tuesday she won the provincial championship time trial for juniors in West-Flanders.

    Fenna Vanhoutte wins twice
    Fenna Vanhoutte could also celebrate two times this weekend. On Saturday she won the sprint in Zwevezele and left 21 other juniors behind her. Yesterday Fenna won the provincial championship of East-Flanders. That was a sprint with fifteen. Also the elite team of the Lotto Belisol Ladies won a provincial title. Isabelle Beckers was the best against the clock in Limburg.

    Top 10 results
    In the Energiewacht Tour for women elite the Lotto Belisol Ladies collected a few top ten results. Jolien D'hoore became third in the first stage, fourth in stage two and second in the fourth stage. On the final day two riders finished in top ten: Liesbet de Vocht was 6th, D'hoore 10th. The ladies became 7th out of 31 in the team time trial on day 3 and closed the stage race as 8th in the team classification. In GC Jolien is the first of the team on place twelve. Anisha Vekemans became third in the bunch sprint at GP Cerami Saturday. Last Tuesday Anisha was the best in the provincial championship time trial of Antwerp.


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  • De Vocht 7th in Ronde

    8 april 2014 - 13:04

    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.

    The story of the race
    The race was closed for a long time. Before the Wolvenberg, the first climb of the day after about 40 kilometers of racing, no one had escaped yet. That doesn't mean nothing had happened. Jolien D'hoore had a puncture in the run-up to the hill. Aussie girl Amy Cure gave her wheel and brought her teammate back to the front. Problem solved, but there was also less good news for the Lotto Belisol Ladies. Celine Van Severen crashed and had to leave the race, but yesterday she finished the GP de Dottignies.

    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
    Liesbet De Vocht
    : "The last ten kilometers I was actually riding for Jolien D'hoore. I was closing the gap for Jolien, so she could sprint for a result close to the podium. Suddenly I was on my own, no one followed in my wheel. That way I bridged the gap to the next group on my own. That effort cost me power which I didn't have left for the sprint. I'm glad I could make the jump forward and became seventh; that's great for my last Tour of Flanders."

    "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."


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  • Preview Tour of Flanders

    5 april 2014 - 09:04

    Sunday the eleventh Tour of Flanders for women will take place. Start and finish of this third World Cup race lie in Oudenaarde.

    The course
    The course, which is 139.6 kilometers long, contains ten hills. The first one is the Wolvenberg after just over forty kilometers. Then there are the cobbles of the Ruiterstraat. Between Molenberg and Leberg lie three cobblestone sections: Paddestraat, Lippenhovestraat and Haaghoek. At that point the women are halfway. Next the riders will have to go over among other the Valkenberg and Kruisberg/Hotond. The spectacle can then break loose completely on the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg. After that last hill it is thirteen kilometers left to go till Oudenaarde. We look ahead with Belgian champion Liesbet De Vocht.

    I aim for top ten
    Liesbet De Vocht
    : "I'd love to end up in the top ten on Sunday, I will be very satisfied with that. I have worked towards April and my condition is good. Of course all circumstances have to be favourable. The weather forecast isn't too positive, that should normally be an advantage for me, on the other hand when it rains there is more chance of crashes. It will be an elimination race with the hills and cobbles. You have to maintain your position in the front, because there's hardly any time to make up loss of places. And in the front of the peloton there's less risk of crashes or that you get held up because of other riders crashing."

    "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."

    The favourites
    "The race will be more open without Marianne Vos and more riders will believe in their chances. In any case the strongest will win the Ronde. I tip Emma Johansson, at the moment she's winning race after race. Elisa Longo Borghini also knows the course by heart. Anna van der Breggen, Lizzie Armistead and Ellen Van Dijk also have a chance to win according to me."

    The team
    "Lieselot Decroix is the road captain in our team and is indispensable for the Tour of Flanders. She can motivate us all to stay in front. Amy Cure has few European experience and the Flemish roads are new to her, but she made a strong impression during the recon and you wouldn't say it are her first cobblestone races. Celine Van Severen has a good shape and Marion Rousse knows the route very well. We all have our task."

    Selection Lotto Belisol Ladies: Amy Cure, Jolien D'hoore, Liesbet De Vocht, Lieselot Decroix, Marion Rousse and Celine Van Severen.


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  • Cure third in DDV

    29 march 2014 - 09:03

    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.



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  • Good start of the season

    26 march 2014 - 09:03

    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.



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  • Cure world champion points race

    7 march 2014 - 13:03

    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
    For the 21-year-old Cure it's her first senior world title. As a junior she became several times world champion. In 2010 in the individual pursuit after setting a world record in the qualifications. That year she also won gold in the team pursuit, with a world record in the final, and the scratch. In that last discipline she had also conquered the rainbow jersey in 2009. Earlier this year Amy won gold on the Australian Championships in the individual pursuit and team pursuit, that with the Tasmanian team. Half of March she's coming to Europe. The GP Cholet, in France, will be her first road race with the Lotto Belisol Ladies.

    This is what I've been training for
    Amy Cure: "I'm really happy with my first world title as a pro. This is what I have been training for. That's why we get up early every morning and get on our bikes. It's amazing all the hard work has paid off. I was lucky enough to get a few world titles as a junior, but nothing compares to a senior title. I always get a bit nervous before the start of a race, that wasn't different this time. I knew it was going to be a really hard race. Just before the start I opened the box with my sunglasses and I saw there was a little message in it from my boyfriend. That put a smile on my face before the race."

    Battle with Stephanie Pohl
    "The first 50 laps it was all about controlling and the second half you had to attack. I did that and no-one got away with me. I took a lap and that really helped me out on the points board. It was very close between me and the German rider Stephanie Pohl. She gained a lap as well and got in front of me on points, so I really had to focus on her and try and beat her in the sprints. She looked a bit tired, but so was I. I just had to hang on and get the win. And it worked out well for me."

    Messages of support
    "I was so happy when I crossed the finish line. All my Aussie team mates were there to watch and they were the first to congratulate me. It was an awesome feeling to have all that support over there. After winning the points race the girls of the Lotto Belisol Ladies team started congratulating me. It was really good to receive all the support messages from everyone. This title is really important for me. It creates a boost. Hopefully there's more to come."

    Two bronze medals
    "The bronze medal in the team pursuit is obviously awesome. It's great to stand on the podium with your teammates and all the girls with whom you go through the whole journey together. It's something really meaningful and it's great to celebrate together. As a junior I became world champion individual pursuit and I currently hold the junior world record. I love that discipline and I really wanted to make the gold and silver ride. I was a bit disappointed for missing out. But I am really stoked to come home with the bronze medal and the next day really made up for it, that's for sure (laughs)."



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  • Track worlds and Heidi Dalton

    26 february 2014 - 10:02

    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.

    Heidi Dalton

    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.

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  • Preview season 2014

    22 february 2014 - 11:02

    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
    Dany Schoonbaert, manager Lotto Belisol Ladies: "The training camp has been perfect. The ladies could train in beautiful weather. During that one week we have built up the intensity. After a first calm ride there was an uphill block training a day later. The third day the riders did sprints as well. The next day was a relative rest day, with a ride of two hours. A day later there was a long ride of six hours with two climbs along the route and a time trial training. So that was tough. On the last day the girls climbed the Aitana, with fourteen kilometers the longest climb in the area. Many riders had only met on the team presentation, so this training camp was also meant to get to know each other better."

    Season started well
    "The Tour of Qatar was a good start of the season for us. Jolien D'hoore has spent much time on the track for the World Championship at the end of this month, but in Qatar she could ride two times in the top five and was ninth once. In the GC she became seventh. Liesbet De Vocht did a great job there so Jolien could be part of the first group. In the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad next week Liesbet is our leader. She's in good shape and I expect her to end high."

    Riding a strong early season
    "The goals this season are first of all to set good performances in the spring classics with Jolien D'hoore. We want to win one of those races, like Ghent - Wevelgem or the Grand Prix de Cholet. For the World Cup race in Drenthe we have a strong team. Of course we want to perform well in the Ronde van Vlaanderen and in the Flèche Wallonne we aim for a podium place with Emma Pooley. In July she focuses on the Giro."

    Climbing on the UCI ranking
    "In the UCI ranking we are thirteenth now, we'd like to climb and hopefully we can enter the top ten by the end of the season. The races of the Lotto Cycling Cup are a goal for the team as well. I also expect much of newcomer Amy Cure, she has lots of talent. By the end of the season we will take some youth riders to a stage race, where we will start with a mixed team. Jesse Vandenbulcke from our youth team is doing well on the track, so she can set some nice results this year. Her teammate Laura Verdonschot now takes some rest after the cyclo-cross season and then she will ride on the road."

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  • Live Your Valentine Dream

    7 february 2014 - 09:02

    Friday 7th of February Lotto Belisol launches a Valentine action for its fans. Everybody gets the chance to show their love for the team or for one of its male or female riders in an original way.

    Entries in the shape of photos, videos, text, poems,... are very welcome via e-mail to All original and loving contributions are sure to deserve their place on the Lotto Belisol Facebook page.

    With the motto ‘Live Your Valentine Dream' - the Valentine version of the team motto ‘Live Your Dream' - the best entry will be rewarded with a VIP weekend for two in Paris. And not just any weekend! It's the final weekend of the Tour de France, when the Lotto Belisol team will ride down the Champs-Elysées.

    Participating is possible until midnight 14th of February. The winner will be announced on February 15. He or she can go to Paris on the 26th & 27th of July for a romantic weekend, invited by Lotto Belisol.

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