The first Lotto team, managed by Walter Godefroot and his deputy Patrick Lefevere, appeared in 1985, counting Lotto–Soudal's current manager, Marc Sergeant, among its fifteen riders. In 1987, he became the first to win a Tour de France stage for the Belgian national lottery. That year and the next, the team had to race as "Joker" in July to avoid confusion with France's Loto.
After a two-summer break (1988 and 1989), Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke's revamped Lotto team made a strong comeback to the Grande Boucle in which Johan Museeuw nabbed prestigious wins at Mont-Saint-Michel and on the Champs-Élysées. The "Lion of Flanders" had roared for the first time. In the 2000s, the team's national rivalry with Patrick Lefevere's Quick-Step led Lotto to tap Australian cycling with varying degrees of success. On the one hand, Robbie McEwen won no fewer than three green jerseys, but on the other hand, Lotto twice missed the opportunity to become the first Belgian team bring the yellow jersey all the way to Paris, with Cadel Evans finishing second in 2007 and 2008, only to win in 2011… after joining BMC.
Finally, Jurgen Van den Broeck's top 5 finish in 2010 grabbed the headlines in Belgium. After crashing in 2011, in 2012 he posted the best performance by a Belgian since Claudy Criquielion finished fifth in 1986. Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert's feat in winning the Mont des Alouettes stage in 2011 was not bad either! In 2014, Lotto-Belisol made waves with Frenchman Tony Gallopin, clad in yellow on July 14 and winner of the stage to Oyonnax. Lotto–Soudal's best performance in 2018 was André Greipel's third place in Sarzeau as the team finished the race with just three riders, a meltdown of such magnitude that management decided to replace the Gorilla of Rostock with Caleb Ewan, an Aussie who exceeded all expectations. After becoming the youngest rider to win a stage in each Grand Tour since Nino Defilippis in 1956 thanks to a triumph in Toulouse, he ended his first Grande Boucle as the most prolific sprinter in the race after grabbing another two wins in Nîmes and Paris. This edition of the Tour de France was a massive success for Lotto–Soudal, and not just because it started in Belgium. It also lit up the fireworks with its dogged attackers Thomas de Gendt, author of an epic performance that saw him raise his arms in Saint-Étienne, and Tim Wellens, who wore the polka-dot jersey for longer than Julian Alaphilippe stayed in yellow (15 days).
- Final victory0
- Stages victories37
- Yellows Jerseys8
- Other races Won4
Stage wins: 37
- 1987: Marc Sergeant in Strasbourg
- 1990: Johan Museeuw in Mont-Saint-Michel and Paris
- 1992: Jan Nevens in Koblenz and Peter De Clercq in Nanterre
- 2001: Rik Verbrugghe in Lavaur and Serge Baguet in Montluçon
- 2002: Robbie McEwen in Reims and Paris
- 2004: Robbie McEwen in Namur and Guéret
- 2005: Robbie McEwen in Montargis, Karlsruhe and Montpellier
- 2006: Robbie McEwen in Esch-sur-Alzette, Saint-Quentin and Vitré
- 2007: Robbie McEwen in Canterbury
- 2011: Philippe Gilbert on Mont des Alouettes, André Greipel in Carmaux and Jelle Vanendert on Plateau de Beille
- 2012: André Greipel in Rouen, Saint-Quentin and Le Cap d'Agde
- 2013: André Greipel in Montpellier
- 2014: André Greipel in Reims and Tony Gallopin in Oyonnax
- 2015: André Greipel in Neeltje-Jans (Zeeland), Amiens Métropole, Valence and Paris
- 2019: Thomas De Gendt in Saint-Étienne and Caleb Ewan in Toulouse, Nîmes and Paris
Secondary classification wins: 4
- 1999: Jacky Durand (most combative rider)
- 2002: Robbie McEwen (points classification)
- 2004: Robbie McEwen (points classification)
- 2006: Robbie McEwen (points classification)
Yellow jerseys: 8
- 2004: Robbie McEwen, one day
- 2008: Cadel Evans, five days
- 2011: Philippe Gilbert, one day
- 2014: Tony Gallopin, one day
A FIGURE 33:
the number of Tour de France starts by a team sponsored by the Belgian national lottery (since 1985).
5 July 1987: back on French soil after the Grand Départ in Berlin, Marc Sergeant posts Lotto's first Tour de France stage win in Strasbourg.
2 July 2011: Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert triumphs at the top of the Mont des Alouettes (Vendée) and pulls on the yellow jersey that epitomises his stellar season.
28 July 2019: Caleb Ewan becomes the fourth Lotto rider to taste glory on the Champs-Élysées, following in the footsteps of Johan Museeuw, Robbie McEwen and André Greipel, who remains the only rider to have claimed four stages for the Belgian team in one edition of the Tour de France (2015).
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