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Crashes make the final chaotic, Arashiro 33rd

Crashes make the final chaotic, Arashiro 33rd

The 5th stage of the Vuelta was potentially suitable for giving another one chance to the sprinters which are racing in Spain, even if at 2 km to the arrival there was a short hill which could have promote eventual attacks.

At the end of the 171,3 km from Viveiro to Lugo, the fast wheels did not battle in a massive sprint because, after having neutralized an attack by the duo Gilbert-Clarke, two crashes in the final kilometer split the bunch.

Being Zurlo out of the race after he had quit the race on Tuesday, Yukiya Arashiro (photo Miwa Iijima) received the task to try to fight in the sprint for LAMPRE-MERIDA, however because of the crashes he could not being in the front positions, even if he did not was not involved in the accident.
The stage was won by Meersman, Arashiro was the first rider from LAMPRE-MERIDA to cross the finish line (33rd).

The crashes occurred in the final 3 km so the gaps were neutralized and very few changed in the general classification, where Meintjes is 28th at 3’10” from the leader Atapuma.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Meersman 4h16’42”
2- Felline s.t.
3- Reza s.t.
4- Sanchez S. s.t.
5- Waeytens s.t.
33- Arashiro s.t.
34- Meintjes s.t., 49- Grmay 1,29″, 131- Durasek 4’02”, 132- Conti s.t., 138- Mario Costa s.t., 144- Koshevoy 4’13”, 147- Cattaneo 4’23”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Atapuma 17h39’52”
2- Valverde 28″
3- Froome 32″
4- Chaves 38″
5- Quintana s.t.
28- Meintjes 3’10”

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

Grmay in the winning attack, Zurlo withdrew the race

Grmay in the winning attack, Zurlo withdrew the race

Tsgabu Grmay (photo Bettini archive) had achieved the task which was assigned to him, that was to join the main breakaways of the 4th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, 163,5 km from Betanzos to San Andres de Teixido, with 3 categorized climbs.
The Ethiopian rider succeeded in being among the 21 riders who escaped, after a long series of attack attempts, after 30 km in the stage, on the first climb of the course (Alto de Serra Capela, 3rd category ascent).

The breakaway had a maximum advantage of 5’20” on the peloton, which was enough for giving to the attackers the opportunity to fight for the stage victory on the final ascent to the arrival (11,2 km, average gradient 4,8%).
Grmay had tried at 17 km to the arrival an attack, however he could not repeat the attempt on the final climb and he crossed the finish line in 19th place at 1’42” to the winner Calmejane.

Good performance by Meintjes, who completed the stage in the restricted group of the top climbers of the Vuelta: the South African rider was 29th at 2’06”.

In the general classification, Meintjes is 33rd at 3’11”.

During the stage, LAMPRE-MERIDA had to face the withdrawal of Federico Zurlo, who was debilitated because of the fever from he suffered during the night.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Calmejane 4h05’19”
2- Atapuma 15″
3- King s.t.
4- Zeits 19″
5- Haas 23″
18- Grmay 1’42”
29- Meintjes 2’06”, 81- Arashiro 12’02”, 93- Conti 14’54”, 101- Durasek s.t., 121- Mario Costa s.t., 132- Cattaneo s.t., 168- Koshevoy s.t., Zurlo dnf

CLASSIFICATION GENERAL
1- Atapuma 13h23’10”
2- Valverde 29″
3- Froome 33″
4- Chaves 39″
5- Quintana s.t.
33- Meintjes 3’11”

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Meintjes with a regular pace on the Mirador de Ezaro, Conti attacks

Meintjes with a regular pace on the Mirador de Ezaro, Conti attacks

Vuelta a Espana proposed the first ascents in the final part of the 3rd stage, Marin-Dumbria Mirador de Ezaro of 174,6 km with the sumit arrival on a hill of 1300 meters of distance and average with gradient of 13,8%.

The climbing roads (before the final hill, the riders had already covered the Alto de Lestaio, 3rd category at 118 km and the Alto de Paxareiras, 2nd category, at 155,4 km) gave to LAMPRE-MERIDA some fairly good feedbacks from its riders: Meintjes was 13th at 56″ to the winner Geniez, while Conti (photo Bettini archive) tried an attack in the early meters of the Mirador de Ezaro.

The stage was led by for long time by seven attackers (Smukulis, Geniez, Serry, Pellaud, Cousin, Selig and Arroyo) who went clear from the bunch after few kilometers in the race and who had a maximum advantage of 7′.
The bunch approached the final hill with a gap of 2′ to the three riders who were left leading the race, who were Pellaud, Serry and Geniez, and this last one rider succeeded in defending a small advantage on the chasers, obtaining the victory with 21″ on Fernandez, who’s the new red jersey.

We regret the absence of our riders in the main breakaway, because it’s our priority to join the interesting attacks and also because Geniez, who was in the breakaway, won the stage – sports director Pedrazzini commented – On the final hill, Conti was fast in approaching the climb in the head positions, Meintjes demonstrated fairly good legs by recovering positions in the second part of the hill thanks to his regular pace, after that he had lost meters in the early part“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Geniez 4h28’36”
2- Fernandez 21″
3- Valverde 26″
4- Froome s.t.
5- Chavez s.t.
13- Meintjes 56″
46- Conti 1’46”, 67- Koshevoy 3’22”, 70- Arashiro 3’54”, 87- Grmay 5’34”, 88- Durasek 5’36”, 136- Mario Costa 14’12”, 142- Cattaneo 14’43”, Zurlo s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Fernandez 9h16’07”
2- Valverde 7″
3- Froome 11″
4- Chaves 17″
5- Quintana s.t.
42- Meintjes 2’49”

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

Mohoric at 2 km to the victory thanks to a long breakaway

Mohoric at 2 km to the victory thanks to a long breakaway

The ambitious project of Matej Mohoric vanished at 2 km to the arrival of the Cyclassics Hamburg.

The Slovenian cyclist from LAMPRE-MERIDA (photo Bettini archive) sustained for many kilometers his aim to obtain the victory in the German World Tour race by pedalling in the breakaway which started in the early part of the course and whose members were Postelberg and Gradek, later joined by Ayazbayev, Montaguti and De Marchi.
The head group, also thanks to the perfect cooperation among the attackers and thanks to the wait attitude by the peloton, could still rely on 2′ of advantage at 20 km to the arrival and 1′ at -10 km.

After an interesting progression of Rui Costa on the final passage on the Waseberg hill, the sprinters’ teams impressed a high speed to the peloton.
Mohoric surrendered at – 2 km, while De Marchi tried a counter-attack which allowed him to maintain the head of the race until -400 mt, before the sprinters, launched in their action, overtook him.
In the massive sprint there was also the blue-fuchsia-green jersey of Sacha Modolo, who however had to change the trajectory of his action, redirecting his bike to the center of the road in order to avoid a crash on the left side.
The Italian sprinter could only cross the finish line in 19th position.

Bouhanni was the first to reach the arrival, however he was disqualified because of irregularity in his sprint and so the victory was assigned to Ewan.

This is the comment by sports director Maini about the performance of LAMPRE-MERIDA: “Our first target was to be in the main breakaway of the race and, thanks to a great Mohoric, we did even better: we were not in a simple attack without too many chances of reaching the arrival, but we were in a very good breakaway which was close to avoid the chase of the bunch.
This was made possible also thanks to the good work by our riders in the peloton and thanks to some crashes which occurred in the bunch and which slowed the chase.
In the approach of the sprint, Pibernik had a good harmony with Modolo, however it was not enough for achieving a result in the top 10“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Ewan s.t.
2- Degenkolb s.t.
3- Nizzolo s.t.
4- Van Poppel s.t.
5- Kristoff s.t.
19- Modolo s.t.
31- Pibernik s.t., 36- Rui Costa 23″, 61- Ulissi 38″, 67- Mohoric 50″, 88- Mori 2’36”, 108- Ferrari 3’07”, 136- Bono 7’12”

Posted in Cyclassics Hamburg

Arashiro is brave in the massive sprint: 15th place

Arashiro is brave in the massive sprint: 15th place

The sprinters of the Vuelta a Espana did not miss one of the few appointments suitablr for them which the course of the Spanish race will offer in 2016.

The 2nd stage, 160,8 km from Ourense to Baiona, finished in a massive sprint (photo Watson/Bettini)in which Arashiro battled for LAMPRE-MERIDA: the Japanese cyclist obtained the 15th place, while Meersman celebrate the victory.

After the start, the bunch pedaled towards the Atlantic Ocean for 60 km of flat roads, before approaching the only categorized climb of the stage, the Alto de Fontefrìa (3rd category, summit at 80,1 km to the arrival).
A trio of riders (Pichon, Benedetti and Naulleau) led the stage from the 7th km and they had a maximum advantage of 4’25”.

Before the bunch bridged the gap at 14 km to the arrival, there was a counter attack of Gilbert, after which the sprinters’ team took the head of the peloton and led it to the massive sprint.

Being Zurlo out the head positions in the approach to the sprint because of the crash of Lagutin at -2 km which slowed the Italian cyclist, it was Arashiro’s turn to bring the blue-fuchsia-green colors in the sprint.
The Japanese rider exploited the stream of the sprinters’ trains, tried to recover positions launching himself from behind and he could cross the finish line in 15th place, despite he had to drift his trajectory in order to avoid a contact with another cyclist.

The red jersey change owner and he’s now on the jersey of Kwiatkowski.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Meersman 4h16’39”
2- Schwarzmann s.t.
3- Cort Nielsen s.t.
4- Kwiatkowski s.t.
5- Van Genechten s.t.
15- Arashiro s.t., 67- Meintjes s.t., 74- Grmay s.t., 96- Conti s.t., 97- Zurlo s.t., 107- Durasek s.t., 137- Mario Costa s.t., 141- Cattaneo s.t., 145- Koshevoy s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Kwiatkowski 4h47’16”
2- Rojas s.t.
3- Valverde s.t.
4- Froome s.t.
5- Puccio s.t.
119- Meintjes 2’08”

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

The TTT did not valorize the efforts of the blue-fuchsia-green

The TTT did not valorize the efforts of the blue-fuchsia-green

LAMPRE-MERIDA started his participation in the Vuelta a Espana 2016 by obtaining the 22nd place in the opening time trial, which took place in Ourense.

The blue-fuchsia-green team, whose lineup’s members are Arashiro, Cattaneo, Conti, Mario Costa, Durasek, Grmay, Koshevoy, Meintjes and Zurlo (photo Gomez/Bettini, the team attending the teams’ presentation), completed the 27,8 km of the course from the Balneario de Laias to the Parque Nautico de Castrelo de Mino in 32’45”, 2’08” more than the best performance which was recorded by Team Sky and which gave to Kennaugh the first red jersey.

Our lineup is mostly formed by climbers, we werer aware we would have been penalized on a course which was suitable for time trial specialists – sports director Pedrazzini explained – On the long straights and in the approach of the few turns of the course, our riders tried to to their best, however the watch did not gave value to their efforts”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Sky 30’37”
2- Movistar s.t.
3- Orica-BikeExchange 6″
4- BMC 7″
5- Etixx-Quick Step “”
22- LAMPRE-MERIDA 2’08”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Kennaugh 30’37”

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

LAMPRE-MERIDA boost Samsung in the Tortour

LAMPRE-MERIDA boost Samsung in the Tortour

LAMPRE-MERIDA is once again with Samsung in the Tortour challenge.

As it has happened for several years, the blue-fuchsia-green team thanks one of their most important sponsor by providing a professional support for the Tortour, which is one of the most demanding non-stop bike race in the world (website here).

Samsung will face the challenge of the Tortour (start from Schaffausen, Switzerland, on today afternoon with the prologue, finish on Sunday 21st August) lining up two mixed teams of 6 cyclists each, which will cover in relay a total distance of 1000 km and 13.000 meters of altitude difference.

LAMPRE-MERIDA will support Samsung by the means of two cars, the bus and 8 members of the staff.

Samsung enriches the racing kit of LAMPRE-MERIDA by appearing with its logo on the sleeves of the race jersey (photo Bettini).

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German appointment for LAMPRE-MERIDA

German appointment for LAMPRE-MERIDA

In the weekend, LAMPRE-MERIDA won’t race only in Spain, but also in Germany, participating in the Cyclassic Hamburg (Sunday 21st August).

Sports director Orlando Maini will direct eight cyclists: Matteo Bono, Rui Costa, Roberto Ferrari, Sacha Modolo, Matej Mohoric, Manuele Mori, Luka Pibernik and Diego Ulissi.

In the operative staff there will be Dottor Guardascione, the masseurs Della Torre and Santerini, the mechanics Baron, Romanò and Tiede.

The course of the German World Tour race (217,7 km) will be as usual suitable for the sprinters, who’ll have to look out the attack attempts in the passages on the Waseberg.

Cyclassic Hamburg is an important target for top sprinters and this contributes to increase the quality level of the contenders: we’ll try to achieve a good result with Modolo, who’ll be supported by Ferrari, Mohoric and Pibernik – sports director Maini explained – The course will offer some chances to the attackers and we’ll must be very responsive, especially with Ulissi, to exploit the eventual opportunities of joining these actions“.

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The 9 riders in LAMPRE-MERIDA’s line-up for the Spanish race

The 9 riders in LAMPRE-MERIDA’s line-up for the Spanish race

Young and competitive line-up for LAMPRE-MERIDA for the participation in the Vuelta a Espana 2016.

The sports directors Simone Pedrazzini and Bruno Vicino (who’ll be supported by Daniele Righi) will direct these nine riders:
Arashiro Yukiya: 31 years old, Japanese, 1 cap in the Vuelta
Cattaneo Mattia, 25 anni, italiano, 1 cap in the Vuelta
Conti Valerio: 23 anni, italiano, 2 caps in the Vuelta
Costa Mario: 30 anni, portoghese, debut
Durasek Kristijan: 29 anni, croato, 1 cap in the Vuelta
Grmay Tsgabu Gebremaryam: 24 anni, etiope, 1 cap in the Vuelta
Koshevoy Ilia: 25 anni, bielorusso, 1 cap in the Vuelta
Meintjes Louis: 24 anni, sud africano, 2 caps in the Vuelta
Zurlo Federico: 22 anni, italiano, debut
Substitutes: Marko Kump and Przemyslaw Niemiec.

LAMPRE-MERIDA will represent 7 nations in the Vuelta (Belarus, Croatia, Ethiopia, Italy, Japan, Portugal and South Africa) and three continents (Africa, Asia and Europe).
The average age of the blue-fuchsia-green line-up will be fairly low, 25,8 years old.

The most awaited rider will be Louis Meintjes, who was 10th in the Vuelts 2015 and who improved is awareness of his qualities also thanks the 8th position he obtained in the Tour de France. In the Vuelta, Meintjes’target will be the stages victories: he’ll have several appointments considering the bunch of mountain stages in the Spanish race.

He’ll rely on good climbers such as Cattaneo, Conti, Durasek and Koshevoy, who’ll all be also able to try to join the breakaways in the most demanding stages.

Grmay’s level of experience in the great tours if very good, having completed each of the tours in which he made his debut (Giro d’Italia 2015, Tour de France 2016 and Vuelta a Espana 2015), and he’s ready for trying to achieve a stage victory.

Thanks to their propensity for joining the breakaways and thanks  to their speed, Arashiro and Zurlo will be important riders for their sports directors, as important as Mario Costa will be for giving his support to the team mates.

More info about the race on the Vuelta a Espana official website.

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Ulissi is the winner of the Czech race

Ulissi is the winner of the Czech race

Mission accomplished for Ulissi, who detained the leadership of the general classification of the Czech Cycling Tour at the end of the 4th and final stage (Olomouc-Dolany, 157,1 km) and obtained the success of the Czech race.

LAMPRE-MERIDA had a very satisfying debut in the race, with the victory of the general classification and the two stages won by Ulissi and Modolo.

The final stage was won by Planckaert at the end of a sprint of the group, which had been selected by the 9 passages on the short hill of Veska, which prevented most of the pure sprinters to participate in the battle for the victory.

Ulissi was well supported by his team mates Mori and Petilli and he succeeded in pedalling in the front part of the group, crossing the finish line in 13th position and celebrating the victory in the general classification (his third succeess in an overall classification, after the success in the Tour de Slovenie 2011 and the Coppi e Bartali 2013) with 26″ on Lagneveld and 33″ on Rebellin (photo). Mori 9th and Petilli 14th.

LAMPRE-MERIDA obtained the 16th seasonal victory.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Planckaert 3h48’42”
2- Wipppert s.t.
3- Garcia s.t.
4- Simon s.t.
5- Rogina s.t.
13- Ulissi s.t.
18- Mori s.t., 62- Petilli 48″, 69- Cimolai 1’43”, 98- Kump 7’43”, 100- Xu s.t., Feng dnf, Modolo dnf

FINAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Ulissi 13h06’26”
2- Langeveld 26″
3- Rebellin 33″
4- Hnik 41″
5- Bevin 1’18”
9- Mori 1’33”, 14- Petilli 2’21”, 55- Cimolai 12’35”, 96- Kump 27’24”, 97- Xu 27’48”

Posted in Czech Cycling Tour

Crashes make the final cha..

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The 5th stage of the Vuelta was potentially suitable for giving another one chance to the sprinters which are racing in Spain, even if at 2 km to the arrival...

Grmay in the winning attac..

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Tsgabu Grmay (photo Bettini archive) had achieved the task which was assigned to him, that was to join the main breakaways of the 4th stage of the Vuelta a E...

Meintjes with a regular pa..

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Vuelta a Espana proposed the first ascents in the final part of the 3rd stage, Marin-Dumbria Mirador de Ezaro of 174,6 km with the sumit arrival on a hill of...