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Gallery: Van Den Broeck leads Lotto into 2013

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From right to left: Andre Greipel, Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Jurgen Roelandts, Jelle Vanendert

From right to left: Andre Greipel, Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Jurgen Roelandts, Jelle Vanendert
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The Lotto riders take some time off in the off-season

The Lotto riders take some time off in the off-season
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Can Jurgen Van Den Broeck make the 2013 Tour de France podium?

Can Jurgen Van Den Broeck make the 2013 Tour de France podium?
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Lotto Belisol's team presentation in Belgium

Lotto Belisol's team presentation in Belgium
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck hopes to have a full tank of form ahead of the Tour de France

Jurgen Van Den Broeck hopes to have a full tank of form ahead of the Tour de France
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The leaders of the 2013 Lotto Belisol team

The leaders of the 2013 Lotto Belisol team
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Andre Greipel will again lead Lotto in the sprints

Andre Greipel will again lead Lotto in the sprints
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Jurgen Van De Walle, Frederik Willems and Francis De Greef

Jurgen Van De Walle, Frederik Willems and Francis De Greef
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Jelle Vanendert, Jurgen Roelandts, Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Andre Greipel

Jelle Vanendert, Jurgen Roelandts, Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Andre Greipel
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck is the team's leader in the grand tours

Jurgen Van Den Broeck is the team's leader in the grand tours
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Andre Greipel looks eager for another question from the press

Andre Greipel looks eager for another question from the press
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Yet again Andre Greipel (Lotto) crosses the line first

Yet again Andre Greipel (Lotto) crosses the line first
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After finishing in fourth place for the second time at this year’s Tour de France Lotto-Belisol’s Jurgen Van Den Broeck believes that 2013 might be his year.

The Belgian rider has been edging closer to the podium for some time now. “Every year I hope to be good and do a bit better and I hope that I can do it once. I could do it once then it would be a dream for me. I will keep on training and working for it every day,” said Van Den Broeck.

Traditionally the Belgian has ridden the Classics season, favoured by his team, in preparation. He has decided to alter his programme a little, in comparison to previous years. “I just wanted to change a bit and try Romandie instead of the classics and then we will see,” he said. “Sometimes a change can be good.”

In the past the 29-year-old has used the Spanish stage races and the Ardennes classics, before heading to the Dauphiné as preparation for the Tour. Van Den Broeck is one of the few riders who haven’t been swayed by the Giro, “Maybe one day we will switch the programme. At the moment the team still want me to be good at the Tour, because the Tour is the biggest race of the season, with all of the publicity.”

It is unclear who Van Den Broeck will be up against just yet. Defending champion Bradley Wiggins looks like he may return to challenge the Grand Boucle title, after also riding the Giro. Team-mate Chris Froome is also putting his hat in the ring, but the inter-team friction could cause problems. Last year’s third place finisher, Vincenzo Nibali, is looking to win his home grand tour for the first time, with his new Astana team. Alberto Contador has yet to signal where his intentions lie, but is likely to line up in Corsica.

The 2013 Tour will start in Corsica on Saturday June 29th and finish in Paris Sunday July 21st.