Van Hool builds team bus for Lotto Belisol cycling team

Van Hool builds team bus for Lotto Belisol cycling team

Koningshooikt – Van Hool nv, independent constructor of buses, coaches and commercial vehicles, supplies on Friday 17th of May an exceptional version of its coach model TX16 Acron to G&V Energy Group that, as a co-sponsor of the Lotto Belisol cycling team, will offer it as new team bus to the Lotto Belisol team. The completely equipped bus offers all facilities to bring the riders like Jurgen Van den Broeck, Jürgen Roelandts, Jelle Vanendert, André Greipel, … and the staff to the races in ideal conditions.

The Lotto Belisol team bus will be used to transport and support the cycling team and staff in an optimal way in the races which they take part in. That’s why this is a made-to-measure version of the TX16 Acron. It offers nine large and comfortable seats for riders and staff and has all the necessary facilities: showers, toilet, a complete kitchen with refrigerator, washing machine and dryer, all modern multimedia and of course a large space to store the bikes. At the outside of the bus there is an extending porch, with info screen. The bus is equipped with a separate power group and satellite reception.

Team manager Marc Sergeant of Lotto Belisol is over the moon with the new team bus: “In contemporary professional cycling at WorldTour level a perfect surrounding is of the utmost importance. A well equipped team bus is indispensable. The Lotto Belisol riders use the team bus daily, as a means of transport, but also to shower, to relax or for team meetings. That Lotto Belisol can use this treasure is a brilliant example of a strong Belgian cooperation between constructor Van Hool, G&V Energy Group as an investor and partner and our team, this pleases me a lot. This bus is good for the image of the team and sponsors.”

The team bus will be used for the first time in the Tour of Belgium, which takes place from Wednesday 22nd of May 2013 until Sunday 26th of May 2013. In the off-season the team bus will be also used for promotion actions that will be held by G&V Energy Group.

Apart from big series constructor Van Hool also has a lot of experience with the building and equipment of buses and coaches made-to-measure for specific purposes. Examples are the team buses of top football teams like Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool of the English Premier League, the Suzuki Motorcross Team, the mobile commando base for the fire brigade of Antwerp, television-captation cars, library buses and several tour buses for pop artists.

Van Hool is a Belgian independent constructor of buses, coaches and commercial vehicles. The company, founded in 1947, is located in Koningshooikt (Belgium). The biggest part of the production is for Europe and the US. Van Hool has more than 4000 employees worldwide of which most work in the branches in Koningshooikt and Bree.

G&V Energy Group is an independent Belgium petrol company on the market of petrol stations. G&V Energy Group exploits today through G&V Service Stations about sixty retail stations (mainly automatic petrol stations) and about twenty truck stations at important points of entry on the road and harbours in Belgium. G&V Energy Group has its home base in Kuurne, next to Kortrijk, and has got  a branch in the harbour of Roeselare. The gigantic storage capacities in the harbour of Roeselare – good for a buffer of 270 million liters – are apart from the operational stock also for more strategic storage for the Belgian government (apetra). Since 2013 G&V Energy Group is co-sponsor of the Lotto Belisol team.

Lotto Belisol is a Belgian WorldTour cycling team with the ambition to play a leading role in international cycling. Through the development of a professional, scientifically founded structure within a long-term vision our riders get the chance to pursue their goals and dreams. Lotto Belisol wants to give specific attention to the development of talent through the U23 team and the ladies team. Thanks to the popularity of cycling our sponsors and fans can be part of cycling on the highest level.