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Lotto Belisol: Preview World Ports Classic and GP Plouay

This week Lotto Belisol isn’t only active in Spain for the 68th Vuelta, but on two other fronts as well. Friday and Saturday the second edition of the World Ports Classic will take place. This two days race, part of the Europe Tour, consists of two stages: Antwerp – Rotterdam and Rotterdam – Antwerp. Last year it was the opposite sequence between the two harbour cities. This young race is suited for sprinters, that’s why Lotto Belisol selected André Greipel. Also Kenny Dehaes is one of the eight riders in the team.

Stage one, 165 kilometers long, leaves from Antwerp through the northeast in the direction of the Netherlands. On the route are four cobblestone sections. The third one, named Langeweg, is also the longest: 1840 meters. The distance of the second stage is 191 kilometers and goes along the coast of Zeeland in the west. That means the riders will have to be alert. There is danger of echelons. Apart from a cobblestone zone of 2300 meters there are no obstacles on the course itself. Last year top speed was reached here.

On Sunday 1st of September the Grand Prix de Plouay is marked on the WorldTour calendar. That’s where the World Championships of 2000 were ridden. The race consists of nine laps of 27 kilometers. There are two hills on the course. First of all the Côte du Lezot and four kilometers from the finish line the Côte de Ty-Marrec. For Lotto Belisol Jürgen Roelandts and Tim Wellens will be attending.

Selection Lotto Belisol World Ports Classic: Lars Bak, Stig Broeckx, Jens Debusschere, Kenny Dehaes, André Greipel, Fréderique Robert, Marcel Sieberg and Jonas Van Genechten.

Sports directors: Herman Frison and Jean-Pierre Heynderickx.

Selection Lotto Belisol GP Plouay: Dirk Bellemakers, Gaëtan Bille, Brian Bulgaç, Sander Cordeel, Gert Dockx, Maarten Neyens, Jürgen Roelandts and Tim Wellens.

Sports director: Marc Wauters.

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