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Ulissi, 2nd place in Varese behind Colbrelli

Ulissi, 2nd place in Varese behind Colbrelli

Ulissi was 2nd in the Tre Valli Varesine (192,9 km), which started from Saronno and finished in Varese.
The result was the same of the Coppa Agostoni, when also in that race LAMPRE-MERIDA’s captain had been preceded by Colbrelli.

A breakaway of three riders (Boev, Dempster and Grosu), which went clear in the early kilometers of the race, had a maximum advantage of 9’40”.
LAMPRE-MERIDA became protagonist when, after that the breakaway had been neutralized, Niemiec followed an attack by De Marchi and Fuglsang on the top of the climb of Montello.
The attackers, who were joined by Slagter, Velasco, Roy, Santaromita, Gogl, Cort Nielsen and Dyer Quintana, led the race for almost one lap of the final circuit of 12,8 km (to be covered 9 times) in Varese, before the bunch bridged the gap.

In the final kilometers of the race, the blue-fuchsia-green cyclists Petilli and Mori leaded the peloton raising the speed in order to launch Ulissi, who tried to select the head group on the last hill of the course.
He also bridged the gap in he final kilometers to the duo of counter attackers Brambilla and Uran and he tried to launch the sprint of the selected group earlier than usual, in order to try to anticipate Colbrelli (photo Bettini), who was the fastest rider of the group.
Ulissi crossed the finish line few meters behind Colbrelli, obtaining the 2nd place.

After I had obtained a series of good results, my goal was the victory in the Tre Valli Varesine – Ulissi explained – All the necessary conditions were ok, thanks to a great team, good legs and a course which was suitable for me.

Unfortunately, I did not receive cooperation in the attempt to select the group and to precede Colbrelli: Sonny was the fastest and he was great on the climbs too, so I feel he deserved the victory“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Colbrelli 4h48’18”
2- Ulissi  s.t.
3- Gavazzi s.t.
4- Slagter s.t.
5-Visconti s.t.
22- Mori 16″, 60- Niemiec 1’39”, 62- Petilli s.t., 63- Masnada s.t., 75- Durasek 3’39”, Koshevoy dnf, Polanc dnf

Posted in Tre Valli Varesine

An Italian week: four races for LAMPRE-MERIDA

An Italian week: four races for LAMPRE-MERIDA

Four Italian races are scheduled in the calendar of LAMPRE-MERIDA during the current week.

On Tuesday 27th the blue-fuchsia-green team will participate in the Tre Valli Varesine (192,9 km, from Saronno to Varese), which will be followed on Wednesday 28th by Milano-Torino (start from San Giuliano Milanese and arrival on Colle di Superga, 186 km)and on Thursday 29th by Gran Piemonte (207 km from Diano d’Alba to Agliè).
On Saturday 1st October LAMPRE-MERIDA will take part in the last World Tour event, which will be the Il Lombardia: start from Como and arrival in Bergamo, 240 km of distance.

On the team’s car Mitsubishi Outlander in all the four races there will be the sports director Marco Marzano, who will oversee these lineups:
Tre Valli Varesine (27/9): Durasek, Koshevoy, Mori, Niemiec, Petilli, Polanc, Ulissi and the trainee Masnada.
Milano-Torino (28/9): Cattaneo, Rui Costa, Durasek, Mori, Niemiec, Petilli, Polanc, Ulissi.
Gran Piemonte (29/9): Bono, Cattaneo, Rui Costa, Durasek, Modolo, Mori, Petilli, Polanc.
Il Lombardia (1/10): Bono, Cattaneo, Rui Costa, Durasek, Mori, Petilli, Polanc, Ulissi.

Posted in Giro di Lombardia, Gran Piemonte, Milano-Torino, Tre Valli Varesine

Mohoric wins in Hong Kong

Mohoric wins in Hong Kong

The Wall of Grammont as judge of the 2016 edition of the Eneco Tour.

Three passages and the final climb on the iconic hill characterized the last stage of the World Tour race with start from Bornem and arrival at Geraardsbergen (197,8 km).

After the winning breakaway of Pibernik in the Saturday stage, LAMPRE-MERIDA did not succeed in being represented by one of their riders in the front of this sort of little Belgian classic..
Ferrari, Arashiro, Pibernik and Mario Costa were in the main group until 50 km to go, when the pace of the peloton raised and the bunch got selected.
The battle among the top riders became even more intense when the formed leader of the race, Dennis, was forced to quit the stage because of a crash.

Mario Costa reached the arrival in 31st position, at 1’50” to the winner Boasson Hagen.
Terpstra (2nd in the stage) won the general classification.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Boasson Hagen 4h03’27”
2- Terpstra 2″
3- Naesen s.t.
4- Dumoulin 43″
5- Van Avermaet s.t.
31- Mario Costa 1’50”
43- Arashiro 2’08”, 58- Pibernik 7’01”, 63- Ferrari s.t., Bono dnf, Cimolai dnf, Kump dnf, Modolo dnf

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Terpstra 22h43’26”
2- Naesen 31″
3- Sagan 1′
4- Van Avermaet 1’02”
5- Van Emden 1’03”
42- Arashiro 4’24”
57- Mario Costa 9’12”, 63- Ferrari 10’32”, 64- Pibernik 10’35”

There were also oriental shadows on the Sunday of LAMPRE-MERIDA, which gave exposure to the sponsors in Asia by winning in Hong Kong the International Criterium Cyclothon (event of the UCI criterium calendar).

Feng, Mohoric, Xu Gang and Zurlo, under the direction of Bruno Vicino and with the support of the mechanic Enrico Pengo, raced in the roads of Hong Kong on a circuit of 2,3 km to be covered 30 times.
Mohoric (photo RTHK) attacked together with thirteen cyclists in the first part of the race and he was brave in attacking again, together with the Danish rider Petersen, when there were still 35 km to the arrival.
The leading duo was so strong that lapped the bunch.
Mohoric then won the sprint for the success.

Posted in Cyclothon Hong Kong, Eneco Tour

No top results for LAMPRE-MERIDA, Consonni (future rider of TJ Sport) 5th

No top results for LAMPRE-MERIDA, Consonni (future rider of TJ Sport) 5th

LAMPRE-MERIDA did not realize a top performance in the Gp Beghelli, 193,6 km with start and arrival in Monteveglio and ten passages on the climb of Zappolino (average gradient of 7,2%).

Blue-fuchsia-green cyclists did not succeed to join the first breakaway of the race (7 members) and, in the penultimate lap of the final circuit (13,3 km to be covered ten times), they were slowed by a crash which, even if it did not involved them directly, forced them to loose the opportunity to be in the head group of 36 riders who sprinted for the victory.

The success was obtained by Ruffoni, who preceded Pozzato.

It’s a pity that none of our rider was in the head group on the arrival, we missed a very good opportunity for achieving an important result – sports director Righi commented – We were not in the main breakway, however the ten passages on the Zappolino climb were enough for trying an attack.
Unfortunately, the crash messed up our plan, however we succeeded to recover the front of the peloton, but on the donwhill of the Zappolino we were not ready to ract once again and we were dropped“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Ruffoni 4h25’21”
2- Pozzato s.t.
3- Keukeleire s.t.
4- Colbrelli s.t.
5- Consonni s.t.
49- Ulissi 3’28”
59- Polanc s.t., 61- Mori s.t., 67 Petilli s.t. 76- Troia s.t., Niemiec dnf, Conti dnf, Cattaneo dnf

Posted in Giro dell'Emilia e Gp Beghelli

Perfect breakaway, Pibernik wins in Lanaken

Perfect breakaway, Pibernik wins in Lanaken

LAMPRE-MERIDA won in the Eneco Tour too and they did it in the way that characterized the whole season of the blue-fuchsia-green team, which is attacking.
Luka Pibernik won the 6th stage of the Eneco Tour event, completing a long breakaway in which he pedaled together with other four riders, succeeding in avoiding the recovery of the bunch.

The six hills characterizing the 6th stage of the Eneco Tour, which started from Riemst and finished in Lanaken at the end of a 197 km course, excited six attackers (Pibernik and Gougeard, Haga, De Vries, Van Lerberghe, McNally) who escaped from the peloton in the early kilometers in the race, reaching a top advantage of 4’50” at the 50th kilometer.

On the hill of the Bois la Dame, 900 meters at 12,2% of gradient whose summit was at 54 km to the arrival, the peloton raised the pace and reduced the gap from the front of the race, however the chase was not intense and the breakaway (reduced to 5 members, De Vries was dropped) could enter in the last kilometer with an advantage large enough for sprinting for the victory.

Pibernik began his progression at -250 meters and he succeeded to precede McNally and Van Lerberghe (photo @EnecoTour), obtaining his third succeess in his career and giving to LAMPRE-MERIDA the 18th seasonal victory.

I won my first World Tour race, I’m very satisfied – Pibernik explained – LAMPRE-MERIDA approached each stage of the Eneco Tour with a battling spirit, today it was my turn to try to join the breakaways and I succeeded in joining the right one.

The cooperation between the breakaway’s members was very good, we were only focused on defending our advantage on the peloton.
Only when we entered in the final kilometer, I realized that we had the opportunity to won the stage: in my opinion, Gougeard was the strongest rider in the breakway, so I decided to begin the sprint following him, however at 250 meters to the arrival I preferrd to begin my progression and it was the winning choice“.

The last and crucial stage will be a sort of little Belgian classic which will start from Bornem and will finish in Geerardsbergen (197,8 km). Dennis will start wearing the jersey as leader of the general classification.

ORDINE D’ARRIVO
1- Pibernik 4h28’45”
2- McNally s.t.
3- Van Lerberghe s.t.
4- Gougeard s.t.
5- Haga s.t.
12- Ferrari 5″, 43- Arashiro s.t. , 98- Modolo 55″, 106- Mario Costa 1’24”, 114- Kump 2’03”, 129- Bono 3’54”, 156- Cimolai 6’14”

CLASSIFICA GENERALE
1- Dennis 18h09’37”
2- Phinney 16″
3- Martin T. 24″
4- Sagan 27″
5- Terpstra s.t.
67- Arashiro 2’29”

Posted in Eneco Tour

Ulissi 8th at the arrival on the top of San Luca hill

Ulissi 8th at the arrival on the top of San Luca hill

Diego Ulissi (photo Bettini) in the top 10 of the Giro dell’Emilia (213 km) which started from Bologna and finished on the summit of San Luca hill.
LAMPRE-MERIDA’s captain battled until the final 1000 meters, surrendering to an impressive Chaves, who obtained the victory preceding Bardet and Uran.

In the early part of the race, the blue-fuchsia-green cyclists participated in the battle for joining the breakaways, however it was necessary to wait for the first climb of the course (Mongardino, 41,3 km in the race) to see the breakaway of eight riders going clear.

No blue-fuchsia-green cyclists were in the breakaway, so they focused their attention on supporting Ulissi until the approach of the final circuit with five passages on the San Luca hill.

The key moment was the final kilometer of the race, when the remaining breakaways members, Latour and De Marchi, were reached by the selected group of chasers: Ulissi was among them, however he could not follow the attack by Chaves.
Ulissi was 8th, at 14″ to the winner.

RACE RESULTS
1- Chaves 5h07’28”
2- Bardet 3″
3- Uran s.t.
4- Aru s.t.
5- Bakelants 10″
8- Ulissi 14″
46- Petilli 4’48”, 55- Ravasi 6’33”, Cattaneo dnf, Conti dnf, Mori dnf, Niemiec dnf, Masnada dnf

Posted in Giro dell'Emilia e Gp Beghelli

LAMPRE-MERIDA 16th in the team time trial

LAMPRE-MERIDA 16th in the team time trial

The 5th stage of the Eneco Tour was a team time trial on the distance of 20,9 km.

With start and arrival in Sittard-Geleen, the course of the race was characterized by long straights and few bends, which required to be approached carefully, especially in a team time trial.

For a team such as LAMPRE-MERIDA, which is set up for an attacking approach to the race, today stage was not offering too many chances for obtaining top results.
The blue-fuchsia-green train (photo @EnecoTour) completed the race in 24’36″63 (average speed 51,114 km/h), 1’22” more than the performance of the winning team, which was BMC of the new leader of the general classification Dennis.

STAGE RESULTS
1- BMC 23’11”
2- Etixx-Quick Step 6″
3- Lotto NL-Jumbo 23″
4- Movistar 25″
5- IAM 26″
16- LAMPRE-MERIDA 1’22”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Dennis 13h40’47”
2- Phinney 16″
3- Martin 24″
4- Sagan 27″
5- Terpstra s.t.

Posted in Eneco Tour

Consonni and Troia will officially turn pro

Consonni and Troia will officially turn pro

After having anounced the signing of the climber Edward Ravasi, TJ Sport enrich the group of young talented riders of the roster by adding the speed of Simone Consonni and the all-rounder skills of Oliviero Troia (photo Bettini).

The two riders from Team Colpack signed the agreements which allow them to turn pro in the next season and to wear the jersey of TJ Sports for 2017 and 2018 at least.

Simone Consonni, born in 1994, is the current Italian champion in Under 23 category and the runner-up in the world championship 2016.
Thanks to his speed, he succesfully alternates the activity on road and on track. He recently participated in the Rio 2016 olympic games in the team pursuit.
He has been monitored for a long time by Giuseppe Saronni.
I had many satisfactions in my years as Under 23, it’s now time to size my skills in the pro world: I’m touched in approaching this important step for my career.

Team Colpack was fundamental in helping me in achieving top results, I thank all the team’s members and I also thank  TJ Sport group for having choose me as one of their team’s members“.

Oliviero Troia was born on 1994, he’s very strong on the pace and he exploits his impressive physical qualities.
He’ll become a key rider in support of the team’s captains and, especially in the northern races, he’ll have freedom to try to achieve good results.
Troia too is a rider of Team Colpack and he’s serving as trainee in LAMPRE-MERIDA: “It’s the dream of very young cyclist which is becoming real for me, I’m so happy.
I thank my famili, Team Colpack and all the members of TJ Project, it’s a big opportunity for my cycling career“.

The group of young cyclists of TJ Sport joins a solid basis of 10 riders who were already contracted: Matteo Bono, Kristijan Durasek, Roberto Ferrari, Marko Kump, Louis Meintjes, Sacha Modolo, Matej Mohoric, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Simone Petilli and Federico Zurlo.
In addition to these riders, TJ Sport already announced the renewal of the contracts of Valerio Conti, Rui Costa, Jan Polanc and Diego Ulissi and the new signings of Darwin Atapuma and Ben Swift.

Posted in Generica

Ferrari: first the chase, than the 13th place in the sprint

Ferrari: first the chase, than the 13th place in the sprint

As by Belgian tradition, cobblestones and hills as key elements of the 4th stage of the Eneco Tour, 202 km from Aalter to St Pieters Leeuw.

On the contrary of what had happened in the previous stage, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s riders could not join immediately the main breakaway of the race, which began in the very early kilometers of the course.
Four attackers succeeded to went clear from the peloton and to have a maximum advantage of 5′, before Ferrari tried to bring the blue-fuchsia-green colors in the head of the race: thanks to a counter-attack, the Italian sprinter, together with Frison, was close to bridg the gap from the breakaway, unfortunately his attempt was not accomplished.

The reached the head group few kilometers later, opening the scenario of the final part of the stage to a series of attacks in which also Matteo Bono (in photo Bettini, with Arashiro) made his attempts.
The epilogue of the stage was however a massive sprint: Pibernik, Arashiro and Ferrari led Modolo in the head of the bunch, until a crash in the peloton forced the blue-fuchsia-green train to stop their action.
Nevertheless, Ferrari tried to participate in the sprint, obtaining the 13th place.
Sagan won the stage and became the new leader of the general classification.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Sagan 4h42’12”
2- Greipel s.t.
3- Kristoff s.t.
4- Demare s.t.
5- Groenewegen s.t.
13- Ferrari s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Sagan 13h17’29”
2- Dennis 7″
3- Van Emden 10″
4- Grivko 20″
5- Sutterlin 21″
84- Modolo 1’13”

Posted in Eneco Tour

Arashiro attacks and doesn’t give up until the final kilometer

Arashiro attacks and doesn’t give up until the final kilometer

After the individual time trial, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s riders were determinated to make the blue-fuchsia-green colors shine once again already in the 3rd stage of the Eneco Tour (Blankenberge-Ardooie di 182,3 km) and to do it by attacking as they had done in the opening stage (Bono in the main breakaway).

The cyclists directed by the duo Maini-Scirea achieved this goal thanks to Arashiro, who joined other 4 athletes (Elmiger, Asselman, McNally and Steels) in a breakaway (photo Kerckhoffs/CV/Bettini) which gave some concerns to the peloton.
In fact, on a flat course which should have been suitable for a sprint as epilogue, the bunch did not manage to chase easily the attackers, who could still rely on 50″ of advantage at 6 km to the arrival.

The gap between the breakway and the bunch was 10″ in the approach of the final kilometer, when Arashiro tried a counter attack which however was not successful for him.

The peloton succeeded in bridging the gap in the final 100 meters, while the sprinters were already launched in the sprint: Modolo tried a progression on the left side of the road, he was forced to brake in order to avoid to be packed on the fences, he launched again the speed of his Merida bike and he obtained the 19th place.

Sagan won the stage preceding Van Poppel and Bouhanni, Dennis detained the leadership of the general classification.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Sagan 4h10’36”
2- Van Poppel s.t.
3- Bouhanni s.t.
4- Groenewegen s.t.
5- McNally s.t.
19- Modolo s.t.
26- Arashiro s.t., 50- Pibernik s.t., 80- Mario Costa s.t., 143- Bono 25″, 150- Ferrari 56″, 168- Cimolai 2’07”, 169- Kump s.t.

CLASSIFICATION GENERAL
1- Dennis 8h35’24”
2- Sagan 3″
3- Van Emden 5″
4- Sutterlin 14″
5- Elmiger s.t.
104- Modolo 1’06”

Posted in Eneco Tour

Ulissi, 2nd place in Vares..

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An Italian week: four race..

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Mohoric wins in Hong Kong

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