Lotto Belisol announces their selection for the 2013 Tour de France

On Saturday the 29th of June it’s finally time for the 100th Tour de France to start on Corsica! has rounded up its selection of nine riders for the race.

André Greipel and will be the backbone of the team.

Van den Broeck has prepared himself for months to his big goal. He went on training camp to the Sierra Nevada several times and did a recon of the stages in Corsica, the Alps, the Pyrenees and the time trials. Last year he became fourth for the second time. In the mountains he will be assisted by among others , who makes his début.

André Greipel is the second leader of the team. In 2012 he won three times. A stage win is again the goal, the German can rely on the best sprint train. Manager Marc Segeant comments on the selection.

Manager Marc Sergeant: “Our nine riders are ready for it. From Bak to Willems it are all guys in whom we have confidence that they will perform their task very well for three weeks and they’ll represent in the best way possible. All riders that have the necessary experience to mingle themselves in the bustle of three weeks Tour de France.”

“Considering that our core is almost identical to that of last year also our Tour selection doesn’t differ much from previous edition. André Greipel and are still our main leaders. Last year the team has proved it is possible to pursue two goals. André of course has his train to support him: , Jürgen Roelandts and . The past few months we worked on the automatisms, with a number of victories as a result, but at the start of the Tour all fast guys begin as equals. The competition is big in the last straight line will be big, but of course our goal is to lead André to a stage win.”

only has brought some small changes to his Tour preparation; The Tour de Romandie instead of the Walloon Classics, an extra week of rest after the Volta a Cataluña, Vuelta al País Vasco and the Tour de Romandie, but for the rest it was a passionate and meticulous drawn preparation just like the previous years. We know the cause of the two difficult days in the Dauphiné, but I think it was clear immediately that this hasn’t affected his focus and goal. It’s still his ultimate goal to make a bid for the Tour podium, but there aren’t few candidates for a place in top ten. For our country it’s a unique fact to have a rider who can have those kind of ambitions.”

“Jurgen will be able to rely on the support of among other , who makes his début, and Fredrik Willems. It’s still only the third season as a pro for Bart and he’s developing year after year as a rider who …. Mountainous terrain. had a difficult year in 2012 but showed the past few months that’s he’s back. Guys like and Adam Hansen are invaluable, as well for André as for Jurgen, and perform much invisible work.”

“The 100th edition of the Tour will be even more special than another Tour. Tour organization ASO has drawn a beautiful, varied but selective course with the start in Corsica, the , two not too big nice time trials, the visits to France’s biggest cities, the finish on the , the double passage on Alpe d’Huez and the final stage from Versailles to Paris. I hope we will succeed to pursue our ambitions with the team spirit that is characteristic for as well on the bike as next to it, with riders and staff.”

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