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.
Jurgen Van den Broek will be attending his first racing kilometers in team time trial on upcoming Sunday since the Tour de France. Van den Broeck took some rest after the tour followed by training in Mallorca.
Frederik Willems, who crashed on training on Sunday the 3rd of August, will undergo surgery of the collarbone tomorrow in the hospital of Herentals. The broken plate, that was placed after his crash in 2011, will be replaced. Abrasions prevented surgery up till now.
An individual time trial of 25 kilometers with start and finish in Krakow was the last test at the Tour de Pologne. Rafal Majka successfully defended his leader's jersey. The stage win was for Belgian time trial champion Kristof Vandewalle.
Frederik Willems crashed on a training ride this morning. The Lotto Belisol rider hit his left collarbone. Willems also has a fractured shoulder blade, rib fractures and a concussion.
Tomorrow (Sunday) the 71st Tour de Pologne starts in Gdansk, in the north of the country. After seven stages this WordTour race will come to an end in Kraków.
On the 1st of August three riders will start a traineeship in the pro team of Lotto Belisol. It are Tiesj Benoot and Xandro Meurisse, who are part of the U23 team, and Oliver Naesen from the Cibel team.
Emma Pooley has decided to retire from cycling. She will do two more races: the time trial (31st of July) and road race (3rd of August) at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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After three days of racing in England, the Tour headed to France with a stage from Le Touquet to Lille. With only two short climbs of fourth category on the route the stage looked like an new opportunity for sprinters. The first stage on French soil didn’t go smoothly for Lotto Belisol, as three riders crashed. Greg Henderson was forced to abandon.
Live Your Dream is not only the slogan of Lotto Belisol, but now it's also the title of a dance song of team doctor Servaas Bingé and André Greipel. During the Tour of Turkey Greipel got talking with doctor Bingé about his song 'De Ronde', which was released at the time of the Tour of Flanders. The German champion told he'd like to sing and release a song as well. And so it all began…
Louis Vervaeke has come over from the U23 team to the pro team of Lotto Belisol. The 20-year-old from Oudenaarde is the 27th rider. Two weekends ago he conquered the overall victory at the Tour des Pays de Savoie, after the win in the final stage to Plateau des Glières.
Tomorrow it's the Grand Départ of the 101st Tour de France, in Leeds. Lotto Belisol team captains André Greipel and Jurgen Van den Broeck talk about their expectations for the next three weeks.
Two days left till the Grand Départ of the 101st Tour de France in Leeds, England. For Tony Gallopin it's his fourth participation, the first with Lotto Belisol. The Frenchman talks about his role during this Tour, his shape and gives his opinion about this year's route.
Next week it's finally time! Then it's the cobblestone stage in the Tour de France: Ypres – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut (155.5 km). This fifth stage, of which 54 kilometers are on Belgian soil, promises to be spectacular. On the route are 15.4 kilometers of cobblestones, divided over nine sectors from Paris-Roubaix. The GC riders will have to be alert not to lose any time.
Now the national championships are behind us the peloton gets ready for the Tour de France. The 101st edition consists of 21 stages. There are five summit finishes, one individual time trial and one cobblestone stage. The riders will start on Saturday the 5th of July in Leeds, England, and will arrive on the famous Champs-Elysées in Paris after 3.664 kilometers.
Ridley Bikes, partner of Lotto Belisol, has given a retro look to the Noah FAST and Helium SL of the Lotto Belisol riders, which perfectly matches the team's outfit. The frame of the new bikes is red and the Belgian flag is added to it. On the top tube one can see ride your dream, referring to the team slogan live your dream. The well-known Ridley Bikes font was also changed to better suit the retro design.
Three Lotto Belisol riders won't appear at the start of the Belgian championship on Sunday.
Sunday at about half past eleven 130 riders will stand at the start of the Belgian championship in Wielsbeke, West-Flanders. After 250.2 kilometers, or eighteen laps of 13.9 kilometers, we will know who's the successor of Stijn Devolder and can wear the Belgian tricolour for one year.
During the Tour 999 selfies of Lotto Belisol fans will be placed on the team bus. To become one of those faces, there are three steps to take: follow @lotto_belisol on Instagram, put your selfie on Instagram and tag #lotto_belisol! The action takes place until Saturday 21st of June.