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Gallery: Lotto Belisol training camp in Benicassim

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Jurgen Van Den Broeck admitted to visiting the doctor at the centre of a Belgian doping investigation but insisted that his consultations were for purely medical reasons

Jurgen Van Den Broeck admitted to visiting the doctor at the centre of a Belgian doping investigation but insisted that his consultations were for purely medical reasons
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Building intensity is the key for the Benicassim training camp

Building intensity is the key for the Benicassim training camp
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Jelle Vanendert and Jurgen Van de Walle have a quick chat

Jelle Vanendert and Jurgen Van de Walle have a quick chat
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A short pit stop for Jelle Vanendert

A short pit stop for Jelle Vanendert
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Chain issues resulted for Jelle Vanendert resulted in some help from the mechanic

Chain issues resulted for Jelle Vanendert resulted in some help from the mechanic
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This will be the final camp for the Lotto Belisol camp before embarking on the 2013 season

This will be the final camp for the Lotto Belisol camp before embarking on the 2013 season
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A previous training camp took place in Majorca

A previous training camp took place in Majorca
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Some riders looked like they were doing it easier than others...

Some riders looked like they were doing it easier than others...
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Sergent said it was important to win a classic somewhere between Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Paris-Roubaix

Sergent said it was important to win a classic somewhere between Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Paris-Roubaix
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The view up the road

The view up the road
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Thumbs up from Jurgen Van Den Broeck

Thumbs up from Jurgen Van Den Broeck
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Lotto Belisol head out on the non-descript roads to the north of Valencia

Lotto Belisol head out on the non-descript roads to the north of Valencia
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Lotto Belisol riders not scheduled to race the Santos Tour Down Under or La Tropicale Amissa Bongo have gathered in Benicassim, north of Valencia, Spain for the final training camp of 2013 before starting their season.

Building intensity is the major focus of this last camp, with the squad already having built up the kilometres during their pre-season training blocks. The riders showed off the team's colourful new 2013 kit for the season ahead, featuring the canary yellow right sleeve which is the major change away from the predominantly French navy, imperial red and white combination of 2012.

Team manager, Marc Sergent said that having some doubt over their 2013 season due to a UCI ranking of 17 has resulted in Lotto Belisol having an increased importance on all races, not just those on the WorldTour calendar.

"Our riders can also score points in the continental circuit," he said. "And that's where we have to do better in 2013. We have to start every race with a clear goal and we can't afford to just ride along anywhere. Every team agrees that the system to award points, set up the classifications and so the sportive criteria to assign the licences can improve. I hope this will change by 2014."