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.
The 2015 season will be the début of Frederik Willems as sports director. In August the 35-year-old Belgian decided to put an end to his career as pro cyclist, after he had incurred several severe injuries due to a nasty crash.
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.
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.
André Greipel has won for the fifteenth time this season! This afternoon he sprinted to the victory in the GP Jef Scherens in Louvain.
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.
If all goes well Adam Hansen will complete his tenth consecutive Grand Tour tomorrow. It’s an impressive list: Vuelta 2011, Giro 2012, Tour 2012, Vuelta 2012, Giro 2013, Tour 2013, Vuelta 2013, Giro 2014, Tour 2014 and Vuelta 2014.
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.
Next Sunday Lotto Belisol starts in the Grand Prix Ouest-France in Plouay. This WorldTour race is 229.1 kilometers long.
Jonas Van Genechten won the ‘Druivenkoers’ in Overijse today. It’s the third victory for the Belgian this year, after Gullegem Koerse and the fourth stage of the Tour de Pologne.
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After the Belgian national title with the pros (Jens Debusschere) and women (Jolien D’hoore) Lotto Belisol now has the U23 title as well.
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.
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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.