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Gallery: Lotto Belisol on top despite changes

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Honey I shrunk the pro team

Honey I shrunk the pro team
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Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) has an enviable record at the Tour Down Under.

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) has an enviable record at the Tour Down Under.
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Frederik Willems and Marc Sergeant

Frederik Willems and Marc Sergeant
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Jelle Vanendert and Jurgen Van Den Broeck

Jelle Vanendert and Jurgen Van Den Broeck
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Mahdi Sohrabi and Gert Dockx

Mahdi Sohrabi and Gert Dockx
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Sander Cordeel (Lotto - Belisol)

Sander Cordeel (Lotto - Belisol)
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Lotto held a team camp in Mallorca earlier this year

Lotto held a team camp in Mallorca earlier this year
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Lotto held a team camp in Mallorca earlier this year

Lotto held a team camp in Mallorca earlier this year
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Sander Cordeel and Gert Dockx

Sander Cordeel and Gert Dockx
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Gert Dockx (Lotto - Belisol) goes into his second year with the team

Gert Dockx (Lotto - Belisol) goes into his second year with the team
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Gert Dockx (Lotto - Belisol)

Gert Dockx (Lotto - Belisol)
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck will lead the team at the Tour de France

Jurgen Van Den Broeck will lead the team at the Tour de France
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Marc Sergeant calls the shots on the Lotto team

Marc Sergeant calls the shots on the Lotto team
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All the taxi's were booked so Jurgen Van den Broeck asked Noddy to drop him off

All the taxi's were booked so Jurgen Van den Broeck asked Noddy to drop him off
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Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) shows off his time trial bike

Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) shows off his time trial bike
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Gianni Meersman (Lotto Belisol) signing his contract

Gianni Meersman (Lotto Belisol) signing his contract
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Keep honking, I'm reloading

Keep honking, I'm reloading
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck

Jurgen Van Den Broeck
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No one argued when Olivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol) called shotgun

No one argued when Olivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol) called shotgun
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Gianni Meersman and Dirk De Wolf at the team's training camp

Gianni Meersman and Dirk De Wolf at the team's training camp
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Lotto Belisol is going into the 2012 season with a new name and a new combination of sponsors, and without world number one rider Philippe Gilbert. But the Belgian team has gotten off to a booming start, with sprinter Andre Greipel taking three WorldTour stage wins at the Santos Tour Down Under.

Greipel will be one of the top riders at the team this year, along with Jurgen Van den Broeck and Jelle Vanendert. All three riders were present as the team was presented Thursday in Brussels.

“I hope the form I showed in Australia will hold for a while,” Greipel said. The sprinter has his eye on the earlier Spring Classics of Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix.

The later Classics will be for Vanendert, who last year broke through with strong performances in those very races, including a sixth place in the Fleche Wallonne. He capped his year by winning the 14th stage of the Tour de France atop the Plateau de Beille, not bad for his very first pro win.

Van den Broeck's “absolute goal” this year is the Tour de France. “A place in the top five on my dream course would be great.” After suffering a collapsed lung, two broken ribs and a broken shoulder blade on the ninth stage of the 2011 Tour, he went on to finish eighth overall at the Vuelta a Espana.

The team features 10 newcomers this year, including veterans Lars Bak, Greg Henderson and Gianni Meersman. The most exotic addition to the team is Iranian sprinter Mehdi Sohrabi.