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100 th Tour de France

Lotto Belisol: Bart De Clercq debuts in the Tour

Bart De Clercq is one of the nine Lotto Belisol riders that are selected for the upcoming Tour de France. He’s the only debutant in the team. The nearly 27-year-old rider started his pro career in 2011 at our team and that year he immediately won a stage in the Giro: the 7th stage with finish on the Montevergine di Mercogliano. Last year he participated in the Giro again and he rode the Vuelta for the first time, he became 17th in the GC.

EuroTrash Thursday!

June 27, 2013 - No racing to report on, but who cares, we have the BIG ONE starting on Saturday in Corsica. Tour de France time again and it’s like that’s the only thing happening in the World of cycling. Not quite, but we do have all the Tour stuff and anything else that has happened since the week-end here in EuroTrash Thursday. Tour, Tour and Tour coffee time!

Lotto Belisol: Preview Tour de France: The route, part 3

After a rest day in the Vaucluse the final part of the 100th Tour de France begins on Tuesday 16th of July. And the last stages will give spectacle, first of all because the Tour is going to the Alps. The 16th stage goes from Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap, in 168 kilometers. The route is not flat that day. There are three climbs of second category. But also between the first two climbs and the final one the road goes uphill. The top of the Col de Manse (9,5 km and 5,2% average) is 11,5 kilometers…

Lotto Belisol: Preview Tour de France: Logistics

2200 bidons, 220 muzettes, 250 caps, 5 l washlotion, 120 tubes, 70 pairs of wheels; it’s only a part of the material that is necessary for three weeks Tour de France. A big part of this material left already last Sunday. The Tour is always a big logistical undertaking, but because the start is on Corsica this year, all material has to be brought to the island by boat, only the cook truck stays on the mainland. The first days our kitchen team will cook in the hotels. All other vehicles go to…

Lotto Belisol: Preview Tour de France: The route, part 2

After a first day of rest, in Saint-Nazaire, the Tour will pick up again on Tuesday 9th of July. The tenth stage starts in Saint-Gildas-des-Bois and finishes 197 km further in Saint-Malo. On the way the Tour caravan will pass through the military training camp of Coëtquidan. Looking at the route, with only one hill of fourth category far away from the finish, it looks like it will be a bunch sprint that will decide who takes the win.