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2011: A whiff of the Ardennes for Gilbert…

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TOUR DE FRANCE 2011 - PASSAGE DU GOIS/MONT DES ALOUETTES - gilbert (philippe) - (bel) ©

Each day, letour.fr will be looking back on anecdotes, days of glory or a personality in a team who has slipped from its history books, sometimes harking right back to the beginning. This series, which will finish on 29th June with the presentation of the teams, begins with Trek-Segafredo and Lotto-Soudal.

Tales of teams… (I/XI)

Lotto, whose jerseys have displayed a wealth of names depending on the other partners who have also sponsored the team, made its appearance in the pack of the Tour de France in 1985. The Belgian team, primarily in the spotlight for hunting out stage wins, has achieved most of its triumphs thanks to its foreign team members, with Robbie McEwen (11 victories with Lotto) then André Greipel (also with 11 wins) as the main contributors. However, its local boys have also occasionally shone on the roads of the Tour de France. In 2011, Philippe Gilbert had just completed the Ardennes Classics seasons in dazzling fashion, winning the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in the spring. His punchy finishing on winding slopes meant he was a major favourite for the finish at the Mont des Alouettes, where the Yellow Jersey was up for grabs. Phil Gil did not disappoint, convincingly distancing Cadel Evans over the last 200 metres. This triumph is Gilbert's sole success on the Grande Boucle.

Lotto-Soudal riders to watch out for on Le Tour 2017: André Greipel (Ger), Tony Gallopin (Fra)

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CYCLISME - TOUR DE FRANCE 2011 - LES ESSARTS/LES ESSARTS - gilbert (philippe) - (bel) ©

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