|Tony GALLOPIN||Lars BAK||Gregory HENDERSON||Thomas DE GENDT||Marcel SIEBERG||Jens DEBUSSCHERE||Tim WELLENS||André GREIPEL||Adam HANSEN|
The first Lotto team managed by Walter Godefroot and his deputy Patrick Lefevere, dates back to the 1985 season, with Marc Sergeant, the current manager of Lotto-Soudal, among the fifteen riders. In fact, he was the first rider in its history to provide a stage victory on the Tour de France, in 1987, to the Belgian national lottery which, for that year and the preceding one, had to re-christen its team Joker for the month of July only, in order to avoid confusion with the French national lottery.
After a break of two summers (in 1988 and 1989), the Lotto team, re-launched by Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke, reacquainted itself with the Le Tour with success, in light of the two prestigious stage victories picked up by Johan Museeuw: in front of Mont-Saint-Michel and on the Champs-Elysées. This was the veritable kick-start to the career of “the Lion of Flanders”. In the 2000’s, the national rivalry with the Quick Step team run by Patrick Lefevere turned Lotto’s recruitment policy towards Australia, for the best and for the worst: three Green Jerseys fell into the hands of Robbie McEwen, but the opportunity to become the first Belgian team in history to win the overall Yellow Jersey in Paris was missed on two occasions, with Cadel Evans, second in 2007 and 2008. Although he went on to win in 2011, by that time he had already moved to BMC.
Finally, the intrusion into the final top 5 of Jürgen Van den Broeck in 2010 grabbed attention in Belgium. After falling in 2011, in 2012 he improved on the best Belgian performance in the last quarter of the previous century (when Claudy Criquiélion finished 5th in 1986). As regards a day of glory, the feat accomplished by Philippe Gilbert, the Belgian champion at the time, on winning the first stage at Mont des Alouettes in 2011, was not at all bad either! In 2014, Lotto-Belisol stamped its presence on the race via Frenchman Tony Gallopin, in yellow on 14th July (Bastille Day) and a stage winner at Oyonnax. Re-named Lotto-Soudal, it can still rely on André Greipel for the sprints, Tony Gallopin as an all-rounder and Adam Hansen as Mr. stamina since he is the modern specialist of accomplishing the Giro-Tour-Vuelta sequence. The Australian is taking on the record of finishing twelve consecutive Grand Tours, which has belonged to Spaniard Bernardo Ruiz since the 1950’s.
Stage victories: 27
- 1987: Marc Sergeant at Strasbourg
- 1990: Johan Museeuw at Mont-Saint-Michel and Paris
- 1992: Jan Nevens at Koblenz and Peter De Clercq at Nanterre
- 2001: Rik Verbrugghe at Lavaur; Serge Baguet at Montluçon
- 2002: Robbie McEwen at Reims and Paris
- 2004: Robbie McEwen at Namur and Guéret
- 2005: Robbie McEwen at Montargis, Karlsruhe and Montpellier
- 2006: Robbie McEwen at Esch-sur-Alzette, Saint-Quentin and Vitré
- 2007: Robbie McEwen at Canterbury
- 2011: Philippe Gilbert at Mont des Alouettes; André Greipel at Carmaux; Jelle Vanendert at Plateau de Beille
- 2012: André Greipel at Rouen, Saint-Quentin and Cap d’Agde
- 2013: André Greipel at Montpellier
- 2014: André Greipel at Reims; Tony Gallopin at Oyonnax
Victories in secondary classifications: 4
- 1999: Jacky Durand (most combative rider)
- 2002: Robbie McEwen (Green Jersey)
- 2004: Robbie McEwen (Green Jersey)
- 2006: Robbie McEwen (Green Jersey)
Yellow Jerseys: 8
- 2004: Robbie McEwen, one day
- 2008: Cadel Evans, five days
- 2011: Philippe Gilbert, one day
- 2014: Tony Gallopin, one day
28: the number of participations in the Tour de France for the team sponsored by the Belgian national lottery (since 1985).
5th July 1987: on its return to France after the Grand Start in Berlin, in Strasbourg Marc Sergeant achieves the first success of the Lotto team on Le Tour.
23rd July 2006: Robbie McEwen loses the stage to Thor Hushovd on the Champs-Élysées but offers the Davitamon-Lotto team its third points classification victory on the Tour de France.
2nd July 2011: Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert wins at Mont des Alouettes in the Vendée to wear the Yellow Jersey, crowning a dream season for him.