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LAMPRE-MERIDA in Spain with the 2013 winner

LAMPRE-MERIDA in Spain with the 2013 winner

LAMPRE-MERIDA will be at the start line of Vuelta a Espana 2014 with one rider with number 1 on his back: Chris Horner will be in Jerez de la Frontera with the target of defending the title he won in Spain in the past season.

Horner is well focused on trying to compete with a bunch of top riders, who are all willing to be on the throne of the Spanish race.

Despite he’s undergoing therapy in order to recover from the bronchitis he’s suffering for since the start of Tour de France, the American rider aims to exploit the course of the race that is suitable for his characteristics.

From August the 23rd to September the 14th, nine blue-fuchsia-green cyclists will ride on Spanish roads facing 21 stages that will have these characteristics: 1 team time trial (12,6 km), 2 individual time trials (total 44,5 km), 5 flat stages and 13 hill and mountain stages.

LAMPRE-MERIDA technical staff and the technical advisor selected the following riders:

Christopher Horner: 42 years old, American, climber, pro since 1995, winner of Vuelta a Espana 2013 and of two stages (Mirador de Lobeira, Alto de Hazallanas).

Winner Andrew Anacona Gomez: 26 years old, Colombian, climber, pro since 2012.

Damiano Cunego: 32 years old, Italian, climber, pro since 2002, winner of two stages in Vuelta a Espana 2009  (La Pandera, Alto de Aitana).

Elia Favilli: 25 years old, Italian, rouleur-climber, pro since 2010.

Roberto Ferrari: 31 years old, Italian, sprinter, pro since 2007, 12 victories in his career.

Przemyslaw Niemiec: 34 years old, Polish, pro since 2002, 13 victories in his career.

Filippo Pozzato: 33 years old, Italian, rouleur-sprinter, pro since 2000, 46 victories in his career.

Maximiliano Richeze: 31 years old, Argentinian, sprinter, pro since 2006, 23 victories in his career.

Josè Rodolfo Serpa Perez: 35 years old, Colombian, climber, pro since 2006, 35 victories in his career.

Blue-fuchsia-green selection will represent five Countries: Italy (4 cyclists), Argentina (1), Colombia (2), Poland (1) and United States (1). Three Continents: Europe, North America and South America.

One of the main characteristics of the team will be the experience, considering the average age of 32 years old and the average years as pro of the selected riders (10 years).

LAMPRE-MERIDA will be directed by technics Matxin and Vicino, who’ll be supported by doctors De Grandi and Beltemacchi, by mechanics Baron, Coelho, Pengo and Tiede, by masseurs Capelli, Del Gallo, Leboso and Napolitano, by the driver Bozzolo and by the presso officers Appiani and Carlo Saronni.

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

Richeze demonstrates a good condition, Mori 18th in the final ranking

Richeze demonstrates a good condition, Mori 18th in the final ranking

On Thursday, he was lying on the road at 250 mt to the finish line, after he had been involved in the crash that characterized the final part  of the 4th stage.
Today, Maximiliano Richeze was one of the 20 riders that led the 7th and final stage of Eneco Tour (Reimst-Sittard Geleen, 183,4 km). This group of cyclists attacked in the early kilometers and they covered 22 cote leading the race: Richeze was reached by the top riders bunch at 3 km to go.

On such demanding course, LAMPRE-MERIDA could see the good performances by Favilli, Mori and Pozzato, who all pedaled in the main group.
Pozzato obtained the 14th place in the sprint of the bunch that reached the arrival at 1’01″ to the winner Van Keirsbulck, who attacked at 32 km to go and won the stage in a solo arrival.
Mori was with Pozzato and he crossed the finish line in 16th place: in the final overall classification, he is 18th, at 2’40″ to the winner Wellens.
Cimolai did not take part in the race because of an illness.

This is the analysis by sport director Maini (in photo Bettini with Mori) about the performances by Team LAMPRE-MERIDA in Eneco Tour 2014: “The final result by Mori in the overall classification reflects his will and grind that he showed during Eneco Tour.
The three final stages were demanding and we could get good feedbacks by Favilli, Richeze and Pozzato: especially Elia was very skilfull in being always in the top riders group”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Van Keirlsbulck 4h25’47″
2- Trentin 46″
3- Lampaert s.t.
4- Vermote s.t.
14- Pozzato 1’01″
16- Mori s.t., 43- Richeze 1’20″, 48- Favilli 1’28″, 100- Bonifazio 10’36″, Polanc dnf, Cimolai dns. 

OVERALL FINAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Wellens 25h30’15″
2- Boom 7″
3- Dumoulin 13″
4- Grivko 33″
18- Mori 2’40″
26- Favilli 11’08″, 71- Pozzato 33’31″, 77- Richeze 39’39″, 87- Bonifazio 44’26″

Posted in Eneco Tour

Cimolai in the breakaway, Favilli with the top riders and 13th

Cimolai in the breakaway, Favilli with the top riders and 13th

Today too Eneco Tour lived a stage with the taste of a classic.
The 6th stage, Heerlen-Aywaille (173,3 km), offered an interesting course, with two passages and the arrival on the Redoute climb, where Wellens performed a solo victory, obtaining also the leadership of the overall classification.

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA was represented by three riders in the list of the protagonists of the day.
Cimolai joined other 7 riders in a breakaway that began after few kilometers in the race. The action led the stage until the final part, when the speed of the main group raised and the selection was heavy: Mori and Favilli could resist in this group, giving blue-fuchsia-green colors a good exposure.

Favilli (photo Bettini, archive) was the first cyclist from LAMPRE-MERIDA to reach the arrival: he was 13th at 1’07″ to Wellens. Mori, 22nd at 2’07″, succeeded in climbing the overall classification to the top 20: he’s 20th.

“I liked the way the face the stage, we were lively and full of enthusiasm – sport director Maini explained – Our first target was to be in the breakaway and we achieve this result thanks to Cimolai, who was skilfull in choosing the proper way to escape from the bunch.
Later, where the main group was selected, we could rely on Mori and Favilli: it was not simple to resist in this group, but they did a very good job. Favilli today was in a perfect condition, he could even have managed better the energies”.

STAGE RESULTS
1-Wellens 4h28’19″
2- Boom 50″

3- Van Avermaet 52″
4- Dumoulin s.t.
13- Favilli 1’07″
22- Mori 2’07″, 45- Polanc 11’47″, 72- Bonifazio s.t., 100- Pozzato 24’03″, 118- Richeze s.t., 135- Cimolai 24’12″ 

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Wellens 21h03’27″
2- Boom 7″
3- Dumoulin 13″
4- Grivko 33″
20- Mori 2’40″

 

Posted in Eneco Tour

Pozzato 9th and best Italian rider in the hills stage

Pozzato 9th and best Italian rider in the hills stage

A charming course that reminds the Tour of Flandres and a cast of top level protagonists.
This was the show that delighted the cycling fans in the 5th stage of Eneco Tour, Geraarsdbergen-Geraardsbergen of 160,3 km.

Filippo Pozzato (photo Bettini) can be listed among the top riders of the race, considering that he obtained the 9th place at the end of a stage in which LAMPRE-MERIDA raced as a strong group: the support of all the blue-fuchsia-green team to Pozzato and Mori was very good and the two riders could be in the head positions during the three laps of the final circuit (passages on Grammont hill).

When in the final kilometers a 4 riders breakaway was neutralized, Van Avermaet chose the best moment to attack, obtaining the victory with 1″ on a group of 4 cyclists and with 6″ on a group of 26 athletes, in which there were also Pozzato (9th and best Italian rider) and Mori (27th).

Thanks to today performance, Mori is the best blue-fuchsia-green rider in the overall classification: he’s 24th at 1’12″ to the new leader Dumoulin.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Van Avermaet 3h48’37″
2- Dumoulin 1″
3- Brutt s.t.
4- Breschel s.t.
9- Pozzato 6″
27- Mori s.t., 58- Polanc 8’52″, 71- Favilli, 114- Richeze 12’20, 117- Bonifazio s.t., 127- Cimolai s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Dumoulin 16h34’29″
2- Boom 2″
3-  Quinziato 11″
4- Grivko 14″
24- Mori 1’12″

Posted in Eneco Tour

Winding final kilometers: Richeze crashed in the sprint, Mori 23rd

Winding final kilometers: Richeze crashed in the sprint, Mori 23rd

Another chance for the sprinters in Eneco Tour.

After the day that was dedicated to the specialists of the time trial, the fastest wheels of the bunch could fight in the 4th stage of the World Tour race, Koksijde-Ardooie of 179,2 km.

The final part of the stage was difficult because the road was winding: three elbow bends in just before of the last kilometer were the key points of the approach of the sprint.

LAMPRE-MERIDA prepared in a proper way the sprint of Richeze: Pozzato and Bonifazio were in the head position in the final sector of the stage, then Cimolai helped Richeze, but the Argentinian rider could not be in the first part of the group in the final straight because of a braking in the three bends.

In addition, Richeze got involved in a crash at 300 meters to go (photo Bettini), when a lot of riders hit the ground: luckily, he did not suffer injuries and he could complete the stage.

Bouhanni won the sprint preceding Mezgec, Mori was the first rider from LAMPRE-MERIDA to cross the finish line (23rd position).

“Richeze had been selected as our sprinter for today stage, considering his skill in driving the bike and his strenght: these were the characteristics necessary to obtain a good result in this kind of arrivals – sport director Maini explained – There were some riders that stop to pedal in the three bends and Richeze had to overtake them and trying to recover positions in view of the final straight, but he could not be in the head part of the group in order to fight for a top result.

He was also unlucky when a bike of a rider involved in the crash hit him causing his crash too”.

STAGE RESULTS

1- Bouhanni 4h13’59″

2- Mezgec s.t.

3- Nizzolo s.t.

4- Van Staeyen s.t.

23- Mori s.t.

81- Polanc s.t., 85- Cimolai s.t., 120- Pozzato s.t., 129- Bonifazio s.t., 138- Favilli s.t., 148- Richeze s.t. 

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1- Boom 12h45’53″

2- Dumoulin 4″

3- Quinziato s.t.

4- Grivko 7″

32- Cimolai 50″

Posted in Eneco Tour

Samsung is going to face Tortour with LAMPRE-MERIDA’s support

Samsung is going to face Tortour with LAMPRE-MERIDA’s support

LAMPRE-MERIDA and its sponsor Samsung are going to face together an important appointment.

As in 2013, Samsung will receive a notable support by blue-fuchsia-green team during the 2014 edition of Tortour.

1000 km of total lenght, 13000 meters of altitude gap, Tortour is one of the most important endurance race in the world.

Samsung will be at the start of the race from Shaffausen (tart scheduled on Friday 15th August, in the early morning) as sponsor of two teams of 6 riders each: both teams will be supported by a team car from LAMPRE-MERIDA and by members of the team staff.

In addition, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s bus will be the hospitality autovehicle for Samsung’s groups.

Samsung has been sponsoring Team LAMPRE-MERIDA for several years and in 2014 too its logo deserved spaces on the sleeves of the official team’s race jersey (photo Bettini).

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After the TT, Cimolai at 50″ to the head of the overall classification

After the TT, Cimolai at 50″ to the head of the overall classification

The Dutch city of Breda hosted the time trial of the 3rd stage of Eneco Tour.
On the short (9,6 km) and flat course, Dumoulin obtained the victory recording a time of 10’55″ (avrage speed: 52,763 km/h).

Davide Cimolai (photo Bettini) realized the best performance for LAMPRE-MERIDA, covering the course in 11’45″, 50″ higher than Dumoulin’s time, obtaining the 68th place.
Filippo Pozzato was close to his team mate, completing the time trial in 74th place at 4″ to Cimolai.

“Short and fast time trial, none of our riders had chances for fighting for the overall classification, so their performances were on a medium level – sport director Maini explained – However, the stage was useful for some of the team’s athletes to improve the feeling with the time trial equipment in view of Vuelta a Espana”.

There is a new leader of the overall classification, Boom; for LAMPRE-MERIDA, Cimolai is 33rd at 50″.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Dumoulin 10’55″
2- Cancellara 2″
3- Thomas 10″
4- Quinziato 14″
68- Cimolai 50″
74- Pozzato 54″, 84- Richeze 58″, 91- Polanc 59″, 103- Mori 1’05″, 106- Bonifazio s.t., 127- Favilli 1’16″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Boom 8h31’54″
2- Dumoulin 4″
3- Quinziato s.t.
4- Grivko 7″
5- Stybar 12″
33- Cimolai 50″

Posted in Eneco Tour

Richeze 15th in the frantic final kilometers, Modolo quits the race

Richeze 15th in the frantic final kilometers, Modolo quits the race

The 2nd stage of Eneco Tour (Waalwijk-Heusden, 175,8 km) was suitable for sprinters but because of a mix of bad weather, cobblestones sectors and crashes, the bunch broke into various groups.

So, in the final kilometers, no more than 30 riders were in the head of the race: Richeze (photo Bettini, archive) was in this group, but the in the series of attacks he could not be in the sprint for the top positions. Stybar preceded Boom, Richeze was 15th.
Cimolai, Mori and Favilli were in the first chasing group: they had succeeded to remain in the head group when the peloton was broken by a crash at 20 km to go, but they could not avoid to be in the chasing group when another crash at 10 km to the arrival selected the head group.

Sacha Modolo was regularly at the start of the stage: after the bad crash he had got involved in the final kilometers of the 1st stage, he spent a calm night so the team medical staff allowed him to take part in the race, but after some kilometers he preferred to quit because of the pain at the coccyx.

“We’re sorry that Sacha had to quit the race, but today stage did not give him the opportunity to try to recover after yesterday crash: we hope his condition could not decrease and even improve in view of Vattenfall Cyclassics Hamburg – sport director Maini explained – Very good performance by Richeze, who is giving positive feedbacks after he recovered from the injury to the knee that he had suffered in Tour de France. It was not easy to be in the head of the stage in the final kilometers of the course, but Maximiliano did it in a very good way”.

ORDINE D’ARRIVO
1- Stybar
2- Boom s.t.
3- Vanmarcke s.t.
4- Marcato s.t.
5- Quinziato s.t.
15- Richeze s.t., 36- Mori 10″, 48- Favilli 14″, 65- Cimolai s.t., 119- Polanc 6’04″, 132- Pozzato 9’16″, 145- Bonifazio s.t.

CLASSIFICA GENERALE
1- Stybar 8h20’39″
2- Boom 1″
3- Vanmarcke 6″
4- Brutt 7″
5- Gilbert 9″
32- Cimolai 20″, 34- Mori 20″

Posted in Eneco Tour

Fast start for Cimolai: he’s 3rd in the sprint in Terneuzen

Fast start for Cimolai: he’s 3rd in the sprint in Terneuzen

Cimolai jumped on the podium in the first stage of Eneco Tour.

Flat course and massive sprint in the opening stage of Eneco Tour, 183,1 km with start and arrival in Terneuzen: Cimolai could get to the third place, just behind the winner Guardini and Gene (2nd).

For most part of the course, the race was led by a trio of attackers (Smukulis, De Vreese and Vanbilsen), whose action was neutralized by the peloton at 20 km to go under the impulse of the sprinters team.
In the final part of the stage, a series of crashes broke the bunch: Modolo got involved in the first crash.
Cimolai could be in the head positions of the group in the last kilometer and on the final straight he could find a passage on the right side of the road for performing a recovery that gave him a place on the podium (photo Bettini, the sprint).

Guardini is the first leader of the overall classification, Cimolai is 4th (+5″) considering the bonus of the final sprint and of the intermediate sprints.

Cimolai explained that: “It was not easy to be in the head of the bunch in the final kilometers, because of the many roundabouts. At 500 meters to the arrival I understood I had to recover positions, so I started a progression that allowed me to be in the head position at 200 meters, where the real sprint began.
I’m satisfied for the place on the podium”.

For what concerns Modolo, after he had crossed the finish line he paid a visit to the hospital Zorgsaam in Terneuzen with team doctor Pollastri: medical checks revealed that he suffered for concussion, but he has no fractures or serious injuries. He’ll spend the night in the team hotel and in the morning there will be the decision about his participation in the second stage.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Guardini
2- Gene s.t.
3- Cimolai s.t.
4- Debusschere s.t.
5- Van Poppel s.t.
61- Pozzato s.t., 64- Mori s.t., 67- Favilli s.t., 107- Bonifazio 1’01″, 116- Richeze 2’47″, 121- Polanc 2’53″, 159- Modolo 13’42″ 

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Guardini
2- Gene 4″
3- De Vreese 5″
4- Cimolai 6″
5- Boom 7″

Posted in Eneco Tour

LAMPRE-MERIDA racing in Benelux

LAMPRE-MERIDA racing in Benelux

Another one appointment in the busy August of LAMPRE-MERIDA, that will start today Eneco Tour.

For the stages race in Benelux (11-17 August), the team selected 8 riders: Niccolò Bonifazio, Davide Cimolai, Elia Favilli, Sacha Modolo, Manuele Mori, Jan Polanc, Filippo Pozzato and Maximiliano Richeze.
In the team cars there will be sport directors Maini and Righi, who’ll receive the support by doctor Pollastri, by masseurs Della Torre, Redaelli and Santerini and by mechanics Romanò.

Filippo Pozzato will be the most awaited rider, but the blue-fuchsia-green team will also rely on Favilli, Mori and Polanc for which the hilly courses of the race could be very suitable.

Modolo will continue his improvement, trying to do even better than the two fourth places he obtained in Tour de Pologne. With the winner of 7 races in 2014, there will be also other blue-fuchsia-green sprinters: Bonifazio, Cimolai and Richeze.

Posted in Eneco Tour

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