Koningshooikt – Van Hool nv, independent constructor of buses, coaches and commercial vehicles, supplies on Friday 17th of May an exceptional version of its coach model TX16 Acron to G&V Energy Group that, as a co-sponsor of the Lotto Belisol cycling team, will offer it as new team bus to the Lotto Belisol team. The completely equipped bus offers all facilities to bring the riders like Jurgen Van den Broeck, Jürgen Roelandts, Jelle Vanendert, André Greipel, … and the staff to the races in ideal conditions.
To start 2014 in an original way Lotto Belisol has designed a unique block-calendar. Each of the 365 days you find fun facts and anecdotes from the rich cycling history and 30 years Lotto in the peloton.
Tim Wellens won the silver medal at the Belgian Championship time trial in Hooglede-Gits today. The pros had to cover three laps of 14.8 kilometers, good for a total distance of 44.4 kilometers. Tim set a time of 56'42". Only Kristof Vandewalle did better – with sixteen seconds – and that way he won the Belgian time trial title for the third time in a row. Pieter Serry went home with bronze, he finished at a few hundreds of seconds of Wellens.
The 2014 cycling season is almost coming to an end. Tim Wellens set a strong result in the last one-day race of the WorldTour. He animated the final of Il Lombardia and became fourth.
Tiesj Benoot, who’s a trainee at Lotto Belisol and is rider of the U23 team, will become pro in the team as of January 1st 2015. The 20-year-old Belgian rider has signed a contract for two seasons. This year Tiesj became third in the Tour of Flanders U23, and in the U23 version of Liège-Bastogne-Liège he was fifth.
Six Lotto Belisol riders will be at the starting grid for the world championships road cycling on Sunday. Two Belgians, a Frenchman, a German, an Australian and a New Zealander.
Lotto Belisol is happy to announce that as from next year Sean De Bie will be part of our pro team, and this for two seasons. With De Bie we take the new European champion U23 on board. In July the almost 22-year-old Belgian rider from Bonheiden took the title in the Czech Olomouc. In a sprint of eight he beat home rider Petr Vakoc and the Latvian Tom Skujins.
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 Vuelta ends today with a time trial in Santiago de Compostela. Lotto Belisol returns home with one victory, the stage win of Adam Hansen last Friday. In GC Maxime Monfort is sixteenth. Sports director Mario Aerts and Maxime look back on the past three weeks.
For the third consecutive year there’s a world championship team time trial for commercial teams. This event is programmed on the first day of the World Championships, on Sunday 21st of September.
Tomorrow the nineteenth edition of the Vattenfall Cyclassics Hamburg takes place, a WorldTour race. German champion André Greipel, who had to abandon the Eneco Tour in stage four because of a throat infection, will start in his home country.
From Friday 10th until Sunday 12th of May Lotto Belisol is participating in the Tour de Picardie. This is a stage race of the Europe Tour, in the north of France.
Lotto Belisol participates in Paris-Tours tomorrow. It will be the penultimate Europe Tour race for the team this season. The race starts at a quarter past eleven in Bonneval and ends after 237.5 kilometers in Tours.
Next Sunday Lotto Belisol starts in the Grand Prix Ouest-France in Plouay. This WorldTour race is 229.1 kilometers long.
This weekend two Europe Tour races are on the program of Lotto Belisol. Saturday it’s the second edition of the Brussels Cycling Classic, the successor of Paris-Brussels, and on Sunday it’s the GP de Fourmies.
The third stage of the Tour was won by Gerrans, who beat Sagan in a very close sprint. Rojas came in third. During this very last stage at Corsica Bakelants could secure the yellow jersey. Tomorrow, Rolland will start again in the polka dot jersey while sagan took over the green jersey from Kittel. Today’s stage was a 145.5km long course along the west coast of Corsica. The winding country roads led the riders over the mountainous route from Ajaccio to Calvi.
With his participation in the Vuelta, Maxime Monfort will be riding his second grand tour of the year. This years' Giro resulted in a 14th spot in the overall standings. In Spain he is aiming for a result as good as possible.
For over thirty years Lotto is inextricably linked to cycling, as a popular sport and top sport. This continuous interest and support is founded on a passion for cycling sport and a belief in the power of joining people through cycling.
They UCI has communicated the statuses of the licenses for the 2014 WorldTour to the teams. Nine teams got immediate access to the WorldTour. Nine others, including Lotto Belisol, are asked to give some kind of explanation.
Yesterday the Lotto Belisol riders met for a collective training. While one group went mountain biking in the morning, the others went to Body-World in Putte. After the noon they switched. During the gym session of one and a half hour the focus lay on stabilization exercises, this as prevention for injuries. Physiotherapist and osteopath Tim Aerts elaborates on this. Kenny Dehaes looks back on this day from the point of view of the cyclist.