Jelle Vanendert trained with Alan Smeets from December 2012 until 2020. In this time he became 2nd in the Amstel Gold Race and 3rd in la Fleche Wallone. In 2007 Jelle got his first professional contract and immediately proved himself by becoming best Belgian in the Flèche Wallonne with a 12th place. Jelle has been riding for Lotto since 2009 and in 2011 he proved his climbing skills with a victory in stage 12 of the Tour de France on Plateau de Beille (France). In 2012 Jelle came just second in the Amstel Gold race.