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  • Wellens sixth in Plouay

    31 august 2014 - 17:08

    Seven riders could stay ahead of the peloton in the Grand Prix Ouest-France in Plouay. Tim Wellens, who animated the final, was one of them and he took the sixth place. The victory was for the Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel. Jürgen Roelandts became tenth.

    Active Tim Wellens
    Five riders set up a breakaway in the beginning of the race: Bideau, Koch, Lecuisinier, Pirazzi and Van Melsen. In the penultimate big lap the peloton reeled them in. Michal Kwiatkowski jumped away next. Six riders joined him, among them Tim Wellens. Durasek, Hermans, Juul Jensen, Nordhaug and Tulik completed the front group. They never got much space, maximally forty seconds. When entering the last lap, the only one of 13.9 kilometers, the pack followed at half a minute. On the Côte de Ty-Marrec, less than four kilometers from the end, all escapees were caught.

    Two LTB riders in top 10
    Wellens stayed in the front of the peloton and was part of a new break not much later. Apart from Wellens it were Alaphilippe, Chavanel, Fedi, Gautier, Hermans and Vichot. This time the seven riders could stay ahead. Tim got sixth. Jürgen Roelandts was third in the bunch sprint, and so he became tenth.



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  • Vervaeke wins at Tour de l'Avenir

    31 august 2014 - 13:08

    Yesterday Louis Vervaeke won the final stage of the Tour de l'Avenir. The almost 21-year-old pro rider of Lotto Belisol was part of the Belgian national team. Thanks to the stage win Belgium takes the overall victory of the Nations Cup U23. The final stage finished on La Toussuire, an hors catégorie climb. Vervaeke arrived solo. He had 34 seconds advantage on the Russians Alexander Foliforov and Aleksey Rybalkin. The Colombian Miguel Angel López was fourth in the same time. He's the overall winner. Louis Vervaeke became fifth in GC, at 1'15".

    Impossible to win GC
    Louis Vervaeke:
    "On the first of three climbs I bridged to an early breakaway, with my teammate Loïc Vliegen in it. He did the work on that climb and in the beginning of the Croix de Fer. About fifty kilometers from the finish I went solo. I got an advantage up to three minutes. On the final climb to La Toussuire I had to battle against myself and the group of the yellow jersey. I knew it was impossible to take over that leader's jersey because I was almost two minutes behind. In the valley I was alone in the wind and on La Toussuire I couldn't hold on to that gap either. I did think about the podium."

    All or nothing
    "I definitely wanted to try something in this last stage because I was eighth in GC and that wasn't my goal. I decided to go for all or nothing. At the start I had just heard that Igor Decraene had died. In the beginning of the stage it was difficult to concentrate. When I was riding alone I thought about Igor, Kristof Goddaert and my grandfather."

    "This is a big victory. I'm very satisfied I could show what I'm capable of in the mountains. Especially the way I did it makes it beautiful. Earlier this week I got a penalty of 20 seconds. Inside the last ten kilometers I had taken a water bottle from someone and thrown it over my head. At that moment that was really important for my position in GC. But with this stage win the race was successful for me."

    First weeks as pro
    "The Tour of Austria was my first race as pro, but unfortunately I got ill. I had to abandon in stage three. Not quite how I had imagined my début. I have already learnt a lot from the experienced riders, like Jelle Vanendert. They've taught me a lot. In the Clásica San Sebastián I could do my work for Jelle Vanendert and Tony Gallopin. I was really satisfied about that."


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  • Igor Decraene has died

    30 august 2014 - 15:08

    The entire Lotto Belisol team is deeply moved by the death of Igor Decraene, junior world champion time trial. The team wishes to offer its condolences to the family and friends of Igor.

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  • Ridley unveils Noah SL

    27 august 2014 - 11:08

    Ridley unveils new Noah SL at Eurobike
    The Noah frames have been with Ridley for quite some time, and were developed to be the most aerodynamic frames in the Ridley range, and even the world! With the Noah FAST the company redefined bicycle aerodynamics with 3 patented innovations: integrated brakes, F-Splitfork and F-Surface. Now Ridley is ready to launch the next version of the Noah family: the Noah SL!

    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)
    The Noah SL features the latest evolution of the F-Split fork. This patented technology, with twin fork blades, dramatically lowers the drag by pulling away the frontal airflow from the wheel. The Noah SL fork is fully integrated into the frame so it creates a smooth transition with the headtube. Together with the lowered downtube and the front wheel cut-out this area offers superior aerodynamic performance.

    In-mould F-Surface (patented)
    To optimize the laminar airflow at the tubing we borrowed the innovative In-mould F-Surface from our Dean FAST. Strategically placed surface channels, on the downtube and seatpost, create micro turbulences at the boundary layer, keeping the airflow as close to the surface as possible. This decreases drag by 5%

    Wheel cutouts
    Both front and rear wheel are tucked in the frame design to minimize the gaps. This further decreases the turbulence in these areas.

    Internal cablerouting
    The Noah SL is compatible with both mechanical and electronic drivetrains and all cables run internally, through smart cableguides. This gives a clean look, improves aerodynamics, protects the wires from the elements and lowers the weight.

    Dropped aero seatstays
    We launched the dropped aero seatstays on the Dean FAST where they proved their aerodynamic benefits. One of the main goals during the development of the Noah SL was improving the comfort level without negatively affecting the lateral stiffness.

    Wheel- & Tire clearance
    We made sure the Noah SL would be compatible with the latest offerings of wider aero rims. Next to that, both frame and fork are fully suited to accept 25mm tires, which offer better grip and more comfort.

    Watch the launch video with Boris Vallée:


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  • Download the new wallpaper!

    25 august 2014 - 15:08

    Download now the wallpaper of the month August!

    Go to our multimedia page.

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  • 30% discount in our e-shop!

    18 august 2014 - 19:08

    Buy a Lotto Belisol outfit in our e-shop with a discount of 30%!

    Do you also want to go out on your bike in the retro shirt of Lotto Belisol? Surf to our e-shop. You can also buy a pair of shorts. And for rainy rides on the bike you can rely on the jacket. And what do you think of a pair of Lotto Belisol socks? There's also a discount on the fan items, like postcards and race hats. We also have leisure wear to offer, sweaters for example.

    Don't' miss out on this action!

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