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Rui Costa 6th in the GC after the summit arrival

Rui Costa 6th in the GC after the summit arrival

Rui Costa climbed two positions in the general classification after the summit arrival in the 4th stage of the Tour de Romandie, which started from Conthey and finished in Villars sur Ollon after that the riders covered, under a cold rain, 173 km and the climbs of Corin, of the Col des Planches, of the La Rasse and a first passage at Villars sur Ollon.

LAMPRE-MERIDA could not be at the start with one of his most competitive cyclists for the mountains, who’s Louis Meintjes, because he’s suffering, as other riders in the peloton, for the flu.

Despite the absence of the South African cyclist, LAMPRE-MERIDA could realize a very good performance which was finalized by Rui Costa (photo Watson/Bettini), who pedaled for the whole course with the top riders and could be, on the final climb, with the first chasing group of 7 riders who were chasing the attackers Froome-Van Garderen (the America athlete was dropped and reached by the chasers).

Rui Costa increased the pace when he noticed that Spilak and Frank were slower than him and he succeeded in overtaking them in the overall classification: the Portuguese champions was 7th in the stage standing, at 4″ to the winner Froome and in the general classification is 6th at 1’12” to Quintana.

Very good performance by Polanc, who pedaled with Rui Costa until the final climb, and by the whole team which helped the captain in approaching the climbs in the best possible positions.

Cimolai quit the race because of flu symptom.

Today result is very good for Rui, considering the situation in the overall classification – sports director Pedrazzini explained – He managed the energies in order to be reactive on the final climb, it was not easy because the weather conditions were very bad.
However, Rui was great in speeding up when he realized that he could overtake Spilak and Frank, he focused his attention more on the overall classification than on the stage result, also because today Froome was very strong“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Froome 4h44’24”
2- Izagirre 4″
3- Pinot s.t.
4- Zakarin s.t.
5- Quintana s.t.
7- Rui Costa s.t.
26- Polanc 2’49”, 57- Grmay 15’37”, 67- Mohoric 19’42”, 90- Mario Costa 27’44”, 107- Bono 27’47”, Cimolai dnf, Meintjes non partito.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Quintana 12h07’03”
2- Pinot 19″
3- Izagirre 23″
4- Zakarin 26″
5- Dumoulin 57″
6- Rui Costa 1’12”

Posted in Giro di Romandia

Modolo strikes again, he’s the fastest in Marmaris

Modolo strikes again, he’s the fastest in Marmaris

Recently selected in the team’s line-up for the Giro d’Italia (here the complete selection), Sacha Modolo demonstrated to be ready for the Pink Race by winning the 7th stage of the Tour of Turkey (Fethiye-Marmaris, 128,6 km).

The sprint of the cyclist who’s directed by the the duo Vicino-Righi was perfect and it allowed him to precede in a massive sprint Belletti, Zanotti and Stepniack (photo Anne Wu), adding another success to the one he had obtained in Alanya in the 4th stage.

The profile of the course was not flat, we covered some climbs: they were not demanding as yesterday ones, however they could have been selective – Modolo explained – Yesterday I had good feelings while climbing, the sports directors told me that I must focus my attention on the top result because I had a good condition and so I did.
During the race, my legs were great and, thanks to the support of my team mates, I did not spend energies in the approach of the climbs.
I could reach the summit of the last hill, at 8 km to the arrival, with still many energies which allowed me to make a very fast sprint.
I began my progression in the right moment, I did not make mistake as I had done in the 4th stage, when I started too early.
I’m happy for the victory and I’m satisfied in view of the Giro d’Italia“.

Today LAMPRE-MERIDA could not have the support by Xu Gang, who did not start because of the worsening of the pain at the ribs which was caused by the crash in which the Chinese rider got involved in the 1st stage.
Niemiec is still the leader of the climbers classification (21 points), preceding Koshevoy (16 points).

Fourth seasonal victory for LAMPRE-MERIDA.

On Sunday, the Tour of Turkey will live its final stage, 201,7 km from Marmaris to Selcuk.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Modolo 3h15’14”
2- Belletti s.t.
3- Zanotti s.t.
4- Stepniack s.t.
5- Colli s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Goncalves 26h45’15”
2- Arroyo 18″
3- Stalnov 46″
4- Mas Bonet 2’13”
5- Hansen 4’21”
19- Niemiec 23’13”

Posted in Giro di Turchia

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s line-up for the Pink Race

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s line-up for the Pink Race

In Milan, at the headquarter of Gruppo Koelliker, which is the supplier of Mitsubishi cars of Team LAMPRE-MERIDA, the blue-fuchsia-green team unveiled the names of the 9 cyclists who’ll partecipate in the Giro d’Italia 2016, which will start from Apeldoorn (Holland) on Friday 6th May and will end in Turin on Sunday 29th May.

This is the line-up of LAMPRE-MERIDA for the Pink Race:
Valerio Conti, born in 1993, Italian, rookie, climber
Roberto Ferrari, born in 1983, Italian, 5 caps and 1 stage victory, sprinter
- Ilia Koshevoy, born in 1991, Byelorussian, rookie, climber
Sacha Modolo, born in 1987, Italian, 5 caps and 2 stage victories, sprinter
Matej Mohoric, born in 1994, Slovenian, rookie, fast rouleur
Manuele Mori, born in 1980, Italian, 7 caps, fast climber
Przemyslaw Niemiec, born in 1979, Polish, 6 caps, climber
Simone Petilli, born in 1993, Italian, rookie, climber
Diego Ulissi, born in 1989, Italian, 4 caps and 4 stage victories, fast climber

The team will be directed by Orlando Maini and Mario Scirea, who’ll be supported by Daniele Righi.

The selected athletes will represent four nations (Italy, Belarus, Slovenia and Poland); the average age is 27,5 years old (Mohoric the youngest, he’s 21; Niemiec the oldest, he’s 36); Mori took part in 7 edition of the Giro; 7 total stages victories obtained by the cyclists in the 2016 line-up of the team (4 Ulissi, 2 Modolo, 1 Ferrari).

Posted in Giro d'Italia

Great LAMPRE-MERIDA in te queen stage: Niemiec 2ns and Koshevoy 4th

Great LAMPRE-MERIDA in te queen stage: Niemiec 2ns and Koshevoy 4th

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Posted in Giro di Turchia

Rui Costa 8th in the overall classification after the time trial

Rui Costa 8th in the overall classification after the time trial

Rui Costa is still in the top ten of the Tour de Romandie after the 3rd stage of the Swiss race, an individual time trial on the distance of 15,1 km with start and arrival in Sion.

The stage had characteristics which would have not facilitate too much the specialists of the time trial, considering that, after a first part of flat roads, the riders faced a quite demanding climb with summit at 6 km to the arrival.

Rui Costa (photo Bettini archive) covered the course in 21’06”, 45″ more than the winning performance by Pinot.
The Portuguese rider accumulated most of the gap from the French rider in the first half of the course: he reached the intermediate point (8,9 km in the race) with a late of 43″ from Pinot.
In the second part of the course, Rui Costa was more competitive and the could detain a place in the top ten of the overall classification being 8th at 1’12” from Quintana.

CLASSIFICA DI TAPPA
1- Pinot 20’21”
2- Dumoulin 2″
3- Jungels 9″
4- Froome s.t.
5- Coppel s.t.
24- Rui Costa 45″
51- Mohoric 1’16”, 68- Grmay 1’32”, 77- Polanc 1’35”, 102- Meintjes 2’05”, 107- Mario Costa 2’10”, 131- Cimolai 2’53”, 140- Bono 3’13”

CLASSIFICA GENERALE
1- Quintana 7h22’35”
2- Pinot 23″
3- Zakarin 26″
4- Izagirre 29″
5- Dumoulin 50″
8- Rui Costa 1’12”

Posted in Giro di Romandia

Rui once again on the podium: 3rd place in the 2nd stage

Rui once again on the podium: 3rd place in the 2nd stage

Rui Costa once again on the podium after the third place which was obtained in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Four days later, the Portuguese champion was 3rd in the 2nd stage of the Tour de Romandie (Moudon-Morgins, 173 km), confirming his good fit and his quality of being always competitive.

Six riders attacked few kilometers after the start and, despite they had a maximum advantage of 5′, their action was under the control of the peloton, which was led by the top climbers’teams.
The gap was bridged in the approach of the two climbs which characterized the last kilometers of the course: the 2nd category climb of Choex with summit at 13,7 km and the 1st category climb to the arrival.

The group was selected on the climb of Choex and Rui Costa was firmly in the head group which counted 30 riders.
On the final ascent, the Portuguese champion pedaled with an incisive pace which allowed him to be among the 9 riders (Uran, Pinot, Izagirre, Majka, Frank, Rolland, Spilak and Mollema, in addition to LAMPRE-MERIDA’s captain) which followed the leading duo Quintana-Zakarin.
Rui Costa preceded the other riders of his group on the finish line, obtaining the 3rd place at 26″ to Quintana, who was preceded by Zakarin at the sprint and, however, obtained the victory after that the Russian was disqualified for an irregular sprint.

Good performance by Meintjes, who was 18th at 57″ to Quintana, and perfect support to the captains by Polanc and Grmay.

In the overall classification, Rui Costa is 5th at 36″ to Quintana.

I’m satisfied for my performance: I had good feelings, my allowed me to be competitive and I obtained a top result – Rui Costa explained – I thank my team mates, who allowed me to approach all the climbs in the head of the group“.

On Friday, the riders will race in Sion in a 15,1 km individual time trial.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Quintana 4h28’40”
2- Zakarin s.t.
3- Rui Costa 26″
4- Uran s.t.
5- Pinot s.t.
18- Meintjes 57″, 40- Polanc 4’27”, 77- Grmay 11’29”, 85- Mario Costa 15’52”, 92- Mohoric s.t., 120 -Bono 20’35”, 128- Cimolai s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Quintana 7h02’05”
2- Zakarin 18″
3- Izagirre I. 20″
4- Pinot 32″
5- Rui Costa 36″

Posted in Giro di Romandia

Modolo did not repeat the winning performance, he’s 8th in Kemer

Modolo did not repeat the winning performance, he’s 8th in Kemer

Modolo could not obtain the second victory in a row in Turkey.

After that he had won on Wednesday, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclists was one of the main favourite riders for the massive sprint of the 5th stage (Alanya-Kemer, 189,3 km on a fairly easy course), however not always the sprints have a predictable epilogue: Modolo was 8th, while Mareckzo obtained the success.

The stage was led for most part by 6 attackers, however the bunch controlled them and the maximum advantage reached the 2’20”.
LAMPRE-MERIDA led the peloton together with the other teams of the sprinters and the gap from the breakaway was bridged at 4 km to the arrival.
Modolo could rely once again on Ferrari as pilot-fish and he approached in a good position the massive sprint, but he made the mistake of anticipating too much the beginning of his progression: the front wind slowed him down and he could not obtain more than the 8th place.

I’m sorry I could not exploit a good opportunity to obtain a second success, especially because my team mates had been perfect as usual – Modolo (phioto Anne Wu) explained – Xu Gang, Petilli and Durasek gave their contribution in the front of the bunch in order to control the breakaway, later Ferrari piloted me in the final kilometer.
I noticed that one rider was starting the sprint at 300 meters to the arrival, so I decided to try to anticipate Greipel, howeve I was stopped by the wind: the sports directors had told us that there was the wind blowing, however I did not expect it was so strong“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Mareczko 4h20’28”
2- Greipel s.t.
3- Belletti s.t.
4- Malucelli s.t.
5- Colli s.t.
8- Modolo s.t.
74- Niemiec 39″, 76- Durasek s.t., 77- Petilli s.t., 94- Koshevoy 1’19”, 96- Ferrari 1’25”, 99- Xu 2’11”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Bilbao 20h07’06”
2- Goncalves 5″
3- Arroyo 13″
4- Stalnov 22″
5- Mas 1’14”
32- Durasek 22’14”

Posted in Giro di Turchia

Cimolai 6th in a shortened stage

Cimolai 6th in a shortened stage

The bad weather conditioned again the race in the Tour de Romandie, forcing the organizers to shorten to 100 km of distance the 1st stage: the start was moved from La Chaux de Fonds to Mathod, at 100,5 km to the arrival in Moudon.
Despite the change of the course, the race profile was interesting, with some hills in the final part, which however did not prevent the sprinters to battle for the victory in a massive sprint.

Once the solitary attacker Armée had been joined by the peloton at 13 km to the arrival, the teams of the sprinters controlled the situation and bring 100 riders to the sprint.
LAMPRE-MERIDA was focused on the support to Cimolai, the Italian sprinter was pedaling in a good position when Albasini (2nd in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege) tried to ancitipate the opponents by attacking at -400 mt.
The Etixx-Quick Step train reacted immediately and launched Kittel towards the victory, while Cimolai could not reach the necessary speed peak to compete against the German rider and he obtained a fairly good 6th place (photo Bettini).

Rui Costa is 31st in the overall classification, at 20″ to the leader Ion Izagirre.

Sometimes short stages could be problematic, however today we faced no surprises – sports director Pedrazzini said – Movistar and Orica GreenEdge led the peloton for most of the course, so we could focus our attention on the support to Rui Costa and to Cimolai.
In the final part of the stage, we did properly our task of leading out Davide in view of the sprint: he obtained the 6th place, I’m convinced that he’ll be able to do better since his condition will be better day by day“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Kittel 2h27’46”
2- Bonifazio s.t.
3- Albasini s.t.
4- Van der Sande s.t.
5- Navardauskas s.t.
6- Cimolai s.t.
16- Rui Costa s.t., 29- Mario Costa s.t., 30- Polanc s.t., 72- Grmay s.t., 74- Meintjes s.t., 110- Mohoric 17″, 111- Bono 19″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Izagirre I. 2h33’19”
2- Dumoulin 6″
3- Thomas 7″
4- Izagirre 8″
5- Moser 9″
31- Rui Costa 20″

Posted in Giro di Romandia

Modolo sprints in Alanya and obtained the first seasonal victory

Modolo sprints in Alanya and obtained the first seasonal victory

As it already happened in 2015, Sacha Modolo choices the Tour of Turkey for obtaining the first seasonal victory.

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s sprinter won the massive sprint in the 4th stage, Seydisehir-Alanya (187 km), which started with a series of 3 Kom climbs and had a second part of the course which was simplier.

Modolo and Ferrari had a winning feeling which permitted to the winner of two stages of Giro d’Italia 2015 to be in a very good position at 350 mt to the arrival; Modolo was later skilfull in following Mareczko when the rider from Southeast-Venezuela started his progression in the middle of the road.

LAMPRE-MERIDA succeeded in staying close to Mareczko and he speeded-up at -100 mt, overtaking the opponent and obtaining the 41st victory in his career, the 3rd one for the blue-fuchsia-green team in 2016.

In the stage classification, Modolo preceded Colli, Zanotti, Belletti and Mareczko.
In photo (photo Anne Wu).

The sports director Vicino explained how the Modolo obtained the victory: “After yesterday disappointing stage, we reset our mind and we reached today start with a high morale and a strong will to realize a good performance.
We paid huge attention in the first part of the stage, which was characterized by three climbs: Niemiec won the first Kom arrival and Koshevoy the second one.
After this first awkward early part of the course, four riders ecaped from the bunch, however their action was easily controlled and we could focus our energies on supporting Modolo in approaching the sprint in the best possible way.
Ferrari and Sacha had a very good feeling, this is a perfect feedback in view of the Giro d’Italia“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Modolo 4h26’26”
2- Colli s.t.
3- Zanotti s.t.
4- Belletti s.t.
5- Mareczko s.t.
48- Ferrari 18″, 58- Petilli 25″, 60- Durasek s.t., 66- Niemiec s.t., 74- Xu 58″, 86- Koshevoy 1’36”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Bilbao 15h46’38”
2- Goncalves 5″
3- Arroyo 13″
4- Stalnov 22″
5- Mas 1’14”
31- Durasek 21’35”

Posted in Giro di Turchia

Prologue and bad weather, Rui is 33rd

Prologue and bad weather, Rui is 33rd

A short and well awaited prologue opened the Tour de Romandie 2016.

The individual time trial took place in La Chaux de Fonds on the distance of 3500 meters, on a course which was characterized by a 1 km climb just after the start and the following descent to the arrival.

A hard opponents for the riders was the bad weather: the snow painted in white the landscape and the extreme cold made the situation even more difficult for the riders, especially for those who raced in the first part of the afternoon and in the last part, while those who started in the central moments had a small but decisive advantage.

Rui Costa (photo Bettini), who started early, pedalled on wet roads and he had to be carefull especially in the downhill. His performance was the 33rd in the stage classification, 20″ higher than the one made by the winner Ion Izagirre.
Fairly good performance by Grmay, who completed the prologue in a time that was 5″ worse than Rui Costa’s one.

The 1st stage of the Tour de Romandie will start from La Chaux de Fonds and will end in Moudon, after that the riders will have covered a distance of 169 km and three Kom of 3rd category.

We had consulted the weather forecasts, which said that there would have been bad weather conditions all the afternoon long, so together with Rui we decided that he would have started early – sports director Pedrazzini explained – Rui had to be careful because of the wet roads and he realized a failry good performance, however he’s far from the higher positions of the stage classification because some riders could exploit a pause from the bad weather“.

STAGE RESULTS AND OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Izagirre I. 5’33”
2- Dumoulin 6″
3- Kwiatkowski 7″
4- Thomas s.t.
5- Izagirre G. 8″
33- Rui Costa 20″
54- Grmay 25″, 66- Mohoric 27″, 69- Meintjes 28″, 74- Mario Costa 30″, 89- Polanc 34″, 106- Cimolai 38″, 151- Bono 55″

Posted in Giro di Romandia

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Rui Costa climbed two positions in the general classification after the summit arrival in the 4th stage of the Tour de Romandie, which started from Conthey a...

Modolo strikes again, he's..

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Recently selected in the team’s line-up for the Giro d’Italia (here the complete selection), Sacha Modolo demonstrated to be ready for the Pink R...

LAMPRE-MERIDA's line-up fo..

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In Milan, at the headquarter of Gruppo Koelliker, which is the supplier of Mitsubishi cars of Team LAMPRE-MERIDA, the blue-fuchsia-green team unveiled the na...