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Van Den Broeck to lead Lotto-Belisol at Vuelta

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Van Den Broeck is happy with his fourth place at the end of the Tour de France in Paris

Van Den Broeck is happy with his fourth place at the end of the Tour de France in Paris
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) feels the pain cause by Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) during stage one of the Tour in Seraing

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) feels the pain cause by Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) during stage one of the Tour in Seraing
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) in the 11th stage of the Tour de France

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) in the 11th stage of the Tour de France
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Hansen tackles the final climb to La Planche des Belles Filles in stage 7 at the Tour de France

Hansen tackles the final climb to La Planche des Belles Filles in stage 7 at the Tour de France
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Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) during the opening stage of Paris-Nice

Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) during the opening stage of Paris-Nice
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Adam Hansen and Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Belisol) sprint to the line during the team presentation

Adam Hansen and Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Belisol) sprint to the line during the team presentation
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) cools down with an ice bath

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) cools down with an ice bath
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Gianni Meersman (Lotto Belisol)

Gianni Meersman (Lotto Belisol)
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Gianni Meersman (Lotto-Belisol) takes the win on stage 4 of Paris-Nice

Gianni Meersman (Lotto-Belisol) takes the win on stage 4 of Paris-Nice
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After a successful Tour de France campaign Jurgen Van Den Broeck will head to the start Vuelta a España where he will lead his Lotto-Belisol team in the final grand tour of the year. The 29-year-old will head to the Vuelta aiming at the general classification and stage wins - something he has yet to achieve this year.

"After his successful Tour de France, Jurgen will head to Spain without pressure," according to his team website.

Van Den Broeck missed out on the podium at the Tour again this year, finishing in fourth place and equaling his personal best result from 2010. The Belgian will no doubt seek to improve on his eighth-place from last season.

Australia’s Adam Hansen will line-up for his third grand tour of the year but on this occasion he won’t have the job of assisting Lotto’s sprint leader André Greipel. The ‘German Giant’ will not be at the start when the race begins in Pamplona on Saturday 18 August. Hansen is a versatile rider for the Spanish grand tour and was one of Van Den Broeck’s most trusted domestiques during this year’s Tour.

Bart De Clerq, Olivier Kaisen and Gianni Meersman have already ridden the Giro d’Italia this year while the four remaining riders will start their first grand tour of the season. Meersman has the potential for a stage win and excels in tough finales. He has already taken two victories this year including a stage at Paris-Nice. The Belgian has recently come off an impressive run at the Tour de Wallonie where he finished second overall.

The remaining Lotto-Belisol riders for the 67th edition of the Vuelta a España are: Jens Debusschere, Frederik Willems, Joost van Leijen and Vicente Reynes.