Yesterday the Belgian federal coach Carlo Bomans announced his selection of nine riders for the World Championships men's road race on Sunday the 28th of September. Lotto Belisol riders Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens are part of it. Both rode the Canadian WorldTour races. Tim reacted on his selection when he returned home today.
Tim Wellens: "During the team presentation we all had to tell our dream for the season, for me that was getting selected for Ponferrada. So I'm very satisfied. The selection didn't come as a surprise because the course suits me, it's tough, and I deserve it because of my performances this season. Before my victory in the Eneco Tour I already had a positive talk with Carlo Bomans. And also in the races before I showed myself, like the Giro."
"I will further discuss my exact role with the federal coach. I will probably be one of the guys to join breakaways in the final. I just got back from Canada. The legs felt really good there. In Québec I attacked too early and in Montréal I rode for Tony Gallopin in the final. Also on training before we travelled to Canada I felt better than ever, it all goes easier. At the World Championships all Belgians are teammates, but it's nice Jelle is selected as well."
Next Sunday, September 21st, the World Championships in Ponferrada will begin. The team time trial is the first event. Today Lotto Belisol announces its selection of seven riders. After the reconnaissance the six names that will ride the team trial will be determined.
Selection Lotto Belisol: Lars Bak, Vegard Breen, Sean De Bie, Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson, Pim Ligthart and Maxime Monfort.
Sports directors: Herman Frison and Bart Leysen.
Apart from the World Championship team time trial Lotto Belisol takes part in three more races this week. Tomorrow it's the Grand Prix de Wallonie. After 198.2 kilometers the winner will triumph on the Citadel of Namur. The three trainees of Lotto Belisol are all part of the selection: Tiesj Benoot, Xandro Meurisse and Oliver Naesen. Tony Gallopin and Jelle Vanendert, both selected for the road race at the World Championships in Ponferrada, will also stand at the start.
On Friday the 99th edition of the Championship of Flanders - Koolskamp takes place. Jens Debusschere took his pro victory there last season. The Belgian champion will take part in the race this year as well. Also André Greipel is added to the start list.
One day later the Primus Classic Impanis - Van Petegem is programmed. A race of 196.6 kilometers between Brakel and Haacht. Tony Gallopin and André Greipel are two of the riders defending the colours of Lotto Belisol.
Selection GP Wallonie: Tiesj Benoot, Sean De Bie, Tony Gallopin, Xandro Meurisse, Oliver Naesen, Boris Vallée, Dennis Vanendert and Jelle Vanendert.
Sports director: Kurt Van de Wouwer
Selection Koolskamp: Kris Boeckmans, Jens Debusschere, Kenny Dehaes, Gert Dockx, André Greipel, Jürgen Roelandts, Marcel Sieberg and Jonas Van Genechten.
Selection GP Impanis - Van Petegem: Tiesj Benoot, Gert Dockx, Tony Gallopin, André Greipel, Jürgen Roelandts, Marcel Sieberg, Boris Vallée and Jonas Van Genechten.
Sports director: Jean-Pierre Heynderickx
Ridley unveils new Noah SL at Eurobike
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)
In-mould F-Surface (patented)
Dropped aero seatstays
Wheel- & Tire clearance
Watch the launch video with Boris Vallée: http://youtu.be/KSIX5nWH1_Y
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