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Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) after his stage win
Sergeant praised Van den Broeck's ride in Criterium du Dauphine
Omega Pharma and Lotto are going their separate ways at the end of the season, but the upcoming “divorce” of the two title sponsors is not having an effect on the team's performance, according to team manager Marc Sergeant.
“Everybody is dealing with the future, but the results are not suffering because of it,” he told Sporza.be. “All of the riders are continuing to work together. That way they all keep their market value. Omega Pharma-Lotto is a real team.”
“I can't be anything but satisfied. With Philippe Gilbert we had a fantastic spring, the Giro was an unexpected success and now we've got Van den Broeck riding well.”
Jurgen Van den Broeck won the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine to take his win of his professional career.
"I'm very happy with what I've seen in the Dauphine. The stage victory by Van den Broeck will help him feel good but also help him stay relaxed," Sergeant said.
"Jurgen has always been very focused about his profession. It will be hard for him to improve even more in the future but he will be stronger in this year's Tour than he was in last year's race."
"He should aim for the podium. Jurgen's still not at his best in the Dauphine, we've seen that in tests. He will really peak for the Tour."
Gilbert leads the UCI's World Tour rankings, with wins in, amongst others, Montepaschi Strade Bianche, Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. He most recently won the overall title in the Tour of Belgian. The Belgian team won a stage in the Giro d'Italia, when Bart De Clercq won the seventh stage for his first professional win. Overall the team has 16 victories on the season.