Since two weeks the off-season has started for the U23-riders. The Lotto Belisol team has won 31 times in 2014. Sports director Kurt Van de Wouwer looks back at some highlights.
Tomorrow, Saturday 18th October, Frederik Willems will ride his last race as a pro, in Sint-Jan-in-Eremo. The 35-year-old man from East-Flanders will become sports director in the Lotto Soudal team next year. At the beginning of August Willems fell at a training trip and got some severe injuries. He needed surgery of his collar bone. This forced him to rest some weeks. Since three weeks he started training again. Just a few ribs are still causing some problems.
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.
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.
The Eurometropole Tour (Franco-Belge in the past) is the last stage race on Belgian soil of this season. The four day stage race (Europe Tour 2.1) starts on Thursday and goes through the provinces of Hainaut and West Flanders.
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.
For 30 years in a row, the National Lottery with its brand Lotto is chief sponsor of the pre-eminent Belgian cycling team on the highest level.
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.