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Greipel can count on Henderson, Roelandts and Sieberg in the sprints while De Clercq and Gallopin will support Van Den Broeck in the mountains

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24.06.2014 @ 11:35 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Lotto Belisol have announced their selection for the Tour de France and will start the world's biggest race with a dual approach. André Greipel can count on his formidable lead-out train in the sprints while Jurgen Van Den Broeck will target the GC after an excellent showing in the recent Criterium du Dauphiné.

 

On Saturday the 5th of July the 101st Tour de France starts in Leeds, England. These are the nine names that will defend the Lotto Belisol colours for three weeks: Lars Bak, Bart De Clercq, Tony Gallopin, André Greipel, Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson, Jürgen Roelandts, Marcel Sieberg and Jurgen Van den Broeck. Mario Aerts, Herman Frison and Marc Wauters will be the sports directors.
 
Jurgen Van den Broeck is the GC man in the team. He rode an excellent Critérium du Dauphiné which yielded him the third place in the overall classification, behind winner Andrew Talansky and Alberto Contador. It's the sixth time Van den Broeck attends La Grande Boucle. In 2010 and 2012 he claimed the fourth place. Last year a crash in the last kilometers of the fifth stage made an abrupt end to his Tour. A long period of rehabilitation followed. In any case, after many hours of training in the Sierra Nevada and recons of the crucial Tour stages Van Den Broeck made a strong impression in the Dauphiné.
 
Sprinter André Greipel has won five stages in the Tour so far. Last year he was the fastest in Montpellier. The year before he won three stages. In 2011, at his début, he conquered his first stage. The German could already celebrate eleven times this season and he leads the international victory ranking. In the races in the run-up to the Tour he could win at least one stage in each of them: the 1st stage of the World Ports Classic, the 4th stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour, stages 1 and 4 in the Tour de Luxembourg and the last stage of the Ster ZLM Toer.
 
Greg Henderson is of course the lead-out man of André Greipel. Last week he stood on the podium himself after he successfully avoided a bunch sprint in the third stage of the Ster ZLM Toer. Henderson goes to the Tour for the third time.Jürgen Roelandts, for whom it's the fifth Tour, is also an important part of the sprint train. Marcel Sieberg gets the task to lead André Greipel to the victory as well. Sieberg will ride his fifth Tour.
 
Newcomer compared to last year is Tony Gallopin. The Frenchman takes part in the biggest sport event of his country for the fourth time. Also Lars Bak starts for the fourth time in this Grand Tour.
 
The Grand Tour list of Adam Hansen is also extending. Next week the Aussie will stand at the start of his ninth Grand Tour in a row after Vuelta 2011, Giro 2012, Tour 2012, Vuelta 2012, Giro 2013, Tour 2013, Vuelta 2013 and Giro 2014.
 
Bart De Clercq made a remarkable Tour début last year. After Jurgen Van den Broeck abandoned he got another role than planned. De Clercq rode an offensive race which yielded him among other an eleventh place on the Mont Ventoux and sixth place in the stage to Le Grand Bornand. In the upcoming Tour de France he will assist Van den Broeck in the mountains.

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