Lotto Soudal is a Belgian cycling team that has been around since 1985. From your couch, you don't miss any cycling race. Logically, you want to know everything about the cycling teams you'll find in the peloton. So, on this occasion, we offer you a focus on the Lotto Soudal team.
Lotto Soudal is considered the oldest cycling team in the world. In fact, Lotto has been the main sponsor since 1985 before being joined by Soudal in 2015.
Before being called Lotto Soudal, the team was called Lotto Belisol between 2012 and 2014. From 1985 to 2004, Lotto was the team's main sponsor before joining forces with Omega Pharma from 2005 to 2011. It was following the split with Omega Pharma that Soudal joined Lotto in 2012 to form the Lotto Soudal team.
Since 2019, the team's general manager is John Lelangue.
Since its inception, the team can boast of having passed the thousand wins mark, including 78 grand tour victories.
Since 2012, the team thus has 18 stage victories in the Tour de France, 10 of which can be attributed to André Greipel. To these victories, we must therefore add 20 wins acquired between 1985 and 2011, as well as two green jerseys for Robbie McEwen.
Since 2012, the team also has 11 wins in the Tour of Italy. To these victories must be added 17 wins acquired between 1985 and 2011.
Since 2005, the team has won the Tour of Italy
Since 2005, on the Tour of Spain, Lotto Soudal has also won 10 stages.
Among the classic races, the team also has the Strade Bianche (2018), Flèche Wallone (2011), Liège Bastogne Liège (2011), Amstel Gold Race (2010, 2011), Tour of Lombardy (2009, 2010), Paris - Roubaix (2003), Tour of Flanders (2000, 2003), and Milano - San Remo (1995) on its record.
The Lotto Soudal team has been renewed quite a bit for this 2021 season, and especially rejuvenated since of the nine riders who arrived this year, eight are under 23.
All in all, it will be able to count on 27 riders this year in a team built around leaders like Philippe Gilbert, Caleb Ewan, Thomas De Gendt, John Degenkolb or Tim Wellens.
The 38-year-old Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert will be the leader on the classics.
He is the only rider in the 21st century to have won four of the five monuments: Paris-Roubaix (2019), Tour of Flanders (2017), Liège-Bastogne-Liège (2011) and the Tour of Lombardy (2009, 2010). The only thing missing from his list of achievements is Milan-San-Remo, which he will try to win this year.
He has also won the Amstel Gold Race four times and was crowned world road champion in 2012. In the grand tours, he has distinguished himself by winning 11 stages (1 in the Tour de France, 3 in the Giro d'Italia and 7 in the Giro de España).
Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan is considered one of the best sprinters in the world. In fact, at just 26 years old, he is among the riders to have won at least one stage in every grand tour (5 in the Tour de France, 3 in the Giro d'Italia and 1 in the Vuelta).
At the age of 34, Thomas De Gendt is also among the riders to have won at least one stage in every grand tour.
With Lotto Soudal since 2015, he's one of those daredevils who loves to take the breakaways. And when he's not at the front of the race, he can be a solid support point for other riders like Caleb Ewan in the peloton.
The 32-year-old John Degenkolb, the team's German sprinter has also won 12 grand tour stages. He has also won several classics such as Paris-Roubaix (2015) and Milan - San Remo (2015).
Considered a puncheur, Tim Wellens, 29, brought Team Lotto-Soudal its first win of the 2021 season by winning the third stage of the Etoile de Bessèges solo and taking the overall classification in the process.
Since the start of his professional cycling career with Lotto-Belisol, he has also won 2 stages in the Giro d'Italia and 2 stages in the Giro de España, as well as the Flèche Brabançonne.
To fulfill the team's objectives, they will be assisted in their task by the following riders:
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