Lotto to split with Omega Pharma and form second Belgian team

Philippe Gilbert wins Fleche Wallonne 2011

Long-time cycling sponsor, Lotto will split with Omega Pharma at the end of the season to form a team with a stronger Belgian nationality. It wants to create its team, possibly with sponsor Belgacom, around the country's star, Philippe Gilbert.

Briton Adam Blythe, Gilbert and six others are free to leave at the end of the season. Omega Pharma has the 19 other riders still under contract for 2012, but must search for a new co-sponsor to replace Lotto.

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