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Pibernik 4th in Slovenia, Niemiec 10th in Poland, no good result in Italy

Pibernik 4th in Slovenia, Niemiec 10th in Poland, no good result in Italy

At the end of the weekend of the national championships, LAMPRE-MERIDA detain no national champions’ jerseys.

The largest blue-fuchsia-green team participated in the Italian competition in Darfo Boario Terme, where Nizzolo preceded Brambilla.
LAMPRE-MERIDA made the forcing (Conti in photo Bettini) on the hill of Erbanno, which characterized the final circuiit which was covered four times, however none of the blue-fuchsia-green cyclists which could aim to a top result (Ulissi, Modolo and Cimolai) could approach the last passage on the hill pedaling in the front position and so they could not follow Brambilla and Nizzolo when they escaped in the descent to the arrival.
Modolo, 25th, was the best placed blue-fuchsia-green rider in the race standing.

The former Slovenian champion Luka Pibernik was close to the podium at the end of the national competition: he was 4th, behind the winner Tratnik, Mezgec (2nd) and Per (3rd).

Good performance by Niemiec in the Polish national race, where he reached the arrival in the first chasing group of 8 riders who were behind the leading duo Rutkiewicz-Majka which fought for the victory, which wasd obtained by Majka.
Niemiec was 10th.

In the Byelorussian championship, Koshevoy had not ambitions and the could not achieved top results.

Posted in Campionati nazionali

Il Dottor Pollastri al convegno “Storie dal Giro d’Italia”

Il Dottor Pollastri al convegno “Storie dal Giro d’Italia”

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Posted in Generica

D-10 with LAMPRE-MERIDA in the Tour de France too

D-10 with LAMPRE-MERIDA in the Tour de France too

During the Giro d’Italia 2016, LAMPRE-MERIDA counted on a new partner: D-10.

D-10 is an original spray which contributes to eliminate fungi and bacteria from the surfaces, protecting them for a 10 days period.

LAMPRE-MERIDA benefitted from the action of D-10 by spraying it inside the racing shoes and the helmets, which are personal items of the riders which are daily intensely used and which are subject to the attempt of fungi and bacteria to settle.

D-10 creates a layer at the size of 1500th  of a human hair: after 5 minutes, the surfaces are dry and the alcohol contained in the solution vanishes, protecting the surfaces in a biocompatible way, as specific studies and research certify.

The unique feature of D-10 is the long lasting protection: normal spray last up to 48 hours, D-10 lasts up to 10 days and this period makes the product a perfect help for treating surfaces of shoes and helmets which are used for many consecutive days during the Giro d’Italia.

D-10 is also used for sanitizing the pads of the cycling shorts: in addition to the normal cleaning procedures, the cyclists can add an extra sanitization thanks to D-10, preventing the problems which are linked to the bacteria.

D-10 will support LAMPRE-MERIDA for the rest of the 2016 season, in Tour de France too.

Soon the new website www.d-10.it will be on line, meanwhile please contact info@d-10.it for any info or for orders.

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Grmay: “My dream comes true for insipiring the young Ethiopian cyclists”

Grmay: “My dream comes true for insipiring the young Ethiopian cyclists”

In the Tour de France 2016, LAMPRE-MERIDA will write a page of the book of history of the Tour de France thanks to Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay, who’ll be the first Ethiopian cyclist to participate in the Grande Boucle.

Born in Mekele, Ethiopian city at 2000 meters of altitude, covering kilometers after kilometers on his bikes, Grmay set new limits for the cycling.
LAMPRE-MERIDA’s Ethiopian cyclist is a pure climber and his level of skills is confirmed by the participation in the Giro d’Italia 2015 and Vuelta a Espana 2015 (both races completed) and by the performances on the mountains of the recent Criterium du Dauphiné, where he obtained the 2nd place in the best climbers classification.

Tsgabu is ready to come back to France.

-You’ll be at the Tour de France, is this a dream coming true?
Yes sure! The participation in the Tour de France it’s my long time dream. Thanks to God now I am going to do it!

- When did you see the Tour de France for the first time in your life?
First time I saw the Tour de France was in 2007, when Alberto Contador win the Tour.
I was so excited to see such cycling champions battling on the great climbs.

- What are you feeling knowing that you’ll be the first Ethiopian cyclist to participate in the Tour de France?
I am so so so happy. I still I can’t believe that I am going to do the Tour! As I said, the Grande Boucle is my long time dream.
It was very long way coming from Ethiopia to race the Tour de France: few years ago, when you were thinking about coming from Ethiopia and participating in the Tour de France, it was something impossible for me and for all Ethiopian people. But now this thing is going to change…  I am going to show that is possible and I am really really happy and proud.

- Who do you want to thank for this opportunity?
First I will like to thank God.
Then I thank my whole family and all the friends and fans from Ethiopia and from all around the world. A special thank also to my girlfriend.
In chronological order, I thank the persons who supported me in my career:  Jean-Pierre Van Zyl (JP), who found me in Ethiopia and giving me a lot of opportunity and teach me a lot of things which were important for becoming a cyclist.
The World Cycling Centre from the Uci and then Team MTN QHUBEKA and Douglas Ryder and also my agent Robbie Hunter and my trainer Michele Bartoli, who were great cycling champions and now are helping me a lot.
It’s also very important for me to thank my team, Lampre-Merida, and the team’s sponsors for giving me this opportunity and for all things what the team have done for me for the last two years, with a special thanks to Brent Copeland, who believes in my talent and he gives me a chance to be a good rider and to change my life too!

- How much important do you think will be your participation for inspiring a new generation of Ethiopian cyclists?
I believe it’s big thing for the Ethiopian cycling. Every cyclist from Ethiopia now will start cycling thinking it’s possible to achieve big goals and maybe also participating in the Tour de France.
This means that they’ll cycle with one of the biggest power inside them for achieving their goals, big or small doesn’t matter, it’s important that they’ll do their best and enjoy cycling.
I am so happy and lucky to inspire the new generations by this way.

- You’ll be happy at the end of the Tour de France if you’ll have achieved which goals?
In this Tour de France, I will fight from all my heart and I really want to make a good result for myself and for my team. So I will see what I will be able do in this Tour and at the end of the Tour I will be grateful with what I have got.

- In the LAMPRE-MERIDA’s line-up for the Tour de France there will be 7 nations represented: do you feel is something good or it’s difficult to coexist and to communicate in a mixed group?
Personally I don’t believe in different nations. I believe in every single rider’s heart. Our group can count on really strong riders with good hearts. I am sure this team will race a good Tour de France.

Will your parents and relatives watch you on tv? Will the race will be broadcasted in Ethiopia?
Yes. All Ethiopian people have been watched for many years the Tour de France.
Now also all my family and all Ethiopian people who loves cycling will watching the race on tv. I am so excited to show my self out there!

More info about Grmay on his personal website www.tsgabugrmay.com

Posted in Tour de France

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s line-up for the Grande Boucle 2016

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s line-up for the Grande Boucle 2016

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s technical staff, after having consulted the team’s management, selected the nine riders of the line-up for the Tour de France, which will take place from July 2nd to July 24th (official website here).

Sports directors Philippe Mauduit and Mario Scirea, who’ll be supported by Daniele Righi, will counts on:
Arashiro Yukiya: 31 years old, Japanese, 5 caps in the Tour
Bono Matteo, 32 years old, Italian, 4 caps in the Tour
Cimolai Davide: 26 years old, Italian, 3 caps in the Tour
Costa Rui: 29 years old, Portuguese, 7 caps in the Tour and 3 stage victories
Durasek Kristijan: 28 years old, Croatian, 2 caps in the Tour
Grmay Tsgabu Gebremaryam: 24 years old, Ethiopian, rookie
Meintjes Louis: 24 years old, South African, 1 caps in the Tour
Pibernik Luka: 22 years old, Slovenian, rookie
Polanc Jan: 24 years old, Slovenian, rookie
Substitutes: Mattia Cattaneo and Mario Costa.

Seven nations and three continents will be represented in the selection of LAMPRE-MERIDA: Croatia, Ethiopia, Japan, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and South Africa; Africa, Asia and Europe.
The average age of the selection is 26,6 years old.
Three riders will debut in the Grand Boucle: the two Slovenian young guns Pibernik and Polanc and the Ethiopian Grmay, whose participation will be historic because he’ll be the first cyclist from Ethiopia to participate in the Tour de France.
Arashiro has already marked two records in 2009, when he was the first Japanese cyclist ever to enter in a top 5 of a stage in the Tour de France and to complete the Grande Boucle.

The operative staff’s members will be the mechanics Bacchion, Romanò and Pengo, the masseurs Capelli, Chiodini, Lima, Napolitano, Redaelli, the driver Bozzolo, the physicians Dr Guardascione and DR Pollastri, the press officers Appiani and Carlo Saroni and the chef De Sarro.

Posted in Tour de France

Sixteen cyclists will race the national championships

Sixteen cyclists will race the national championships

During the week of the national championships, 16 cyclists from LAMPRE-MERIDA will race.

Two riders from the blue-fuchsia-green team competed in the past week, obtaining the 2nd place by Mohoric in the Slovenian time trial championship and the 6th position by Grmay in the Ethiopian road race.

The first LAMPRE-MERIDA’s athlete to race will be Mattia Cattaneo, who’ll participate on Wednesday 22nd June in the Italian time trial race, which will take place in Romanengo on the distance of 41 km (two laps of a circuit of 20,5 km of distance).

LAMPRE-MERIDA will race on familiar roads in the Italian road championship: ten riders will race in Darfo Boario Terme, where the blue-fuchsia-green team traditionally organize the team’s training camps.
The sports director Marco Marzano will supervise Matteo Bono, Mattia Cattaneo, Davide Cimolai, Valerio Conti, Roberto Ferrari, Sacha Modolo, Manuele Mori, Simone Petilli, Diego Ulissi and Federico Zurlo.

Four riders will participate in the Slovenian road championship, which will take place in Domzale.
In addition to the current champion Luka Pibernik, LAMPRE-MERIDA will count on Marko Kump, Matej Mohoric and Jan Polanc.

Ilia Koshevoy will take part in the Byelorussian road championship in Navahrudak and Przemyslaw Niemiec will be at the start of the Polish road championship in Swidnica.

Posted in Campionati nazionali

Kump involved in a crash, Modolo 8th in the sprint

Kump involved in a crash, Modolo 8th in the sprint

The Tour of Slovenia finished in Novo Mesto with the traditional sprint, 179,8 km from the start from Rogaska Slatina.

However, on the contrary of what was expected, Marko Kump was not fighting in the sprint in the streets of his hometown, where he obtained two victories in his career: the rider from LAMPRE-MERIDA was involved, at 7 km to the arrival, in a crash in the peloton, which involved also many other riders, including the two Slovenian team mates of Kump, who were Mohoric and Pibernik.
None of the blue-fuchsia-green cyclists suffered consequences, however they were forced to give up their ambitions for the final sprint.

LAMPRE-MERIDA changed the plans and the main sprinter became Modolo (photo Bettini archive), who received the support from Ferrari in the approach of the sprint, in which the winner of two stages in the Giro d’Italia 2015 could not celebrate his birthday with a succees: he was 8th in the sprint won by Porsev.

In the overall classification, the best blue-fuchsia-green athlete is Pibernik, 20th.

It’s a pity that Kump could not sprint: he was really focused on this stage, however cycling races could not always be as expected – sports director Scirea explained – We had a good alternative to Kump, who was Modolo, whose condition improved day after day in the Tour of Slovenia.
He could not won, however he’ll be soon at the top of his form“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Porsev
2- Selig s.t.
3- Sbaragli s.t.
4- Van Lerbeghe s.t.
5- Fenn s.t.
8- Modolo s.t.
54- Ulissi 25″, 56- Ferrari 35″, 62- Pibernik 1’17”, 71- Mohoric 2’24”, 85- Zurlo 3’40”, 109- Kump 3’57”

FINAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Taaramae 15h10’29”
2- Haig 1’42”
3- Barta 2’38”
4- Bernal 2’47”
5- Golcer 2’48”
20- Pibernik 5’56”
29- Ulissi 11’54”, 46- Mohoric 21’06”, 67- Modolo 27’40”, 92- Ferrari 35’13”, 98- Zurlo 36’19”, 104- Kump 39’10”

Posted in Giro di Slovenia

Rui never gives up: he’s 7th in the final GC

Rui never gives up: he’s 7th in the final GC

Impressive performance by Rui Costa (photo Bettini) in the final stage of the Tour de Suisse, which gave to the Portuguese champion the 6th place in the stage standing and the 7th position in the final general classification.

The short stages are often insdious and this was true for the 9th and final stage of the Tour de Suisse, whose start and finish were initially in Davos and which was characterized by the climbs of the Albulapass and of the Fluelapass enclosed in only 117,7 km. However, the bad weather conditions imposed to the organizers to shorten the course to 57,7 km with the only climb of the Fluelapass.

This demanding ascent was enough for selecting the peloton: once that the breakaway of the three cyclists Richeze, Cort Nielsen and Stuyvens was neutralized, Lopez attacked at 27 km to the arrival and only Van Garderen and Pantano succeeded in following him; Rui Costa was close to bridge the gap, but he could not complete the chase, so he reach the summit of the climb in the first chasers group.

Rui Costa, at his last race wearing the jersey as Portuguese champion, had still enough energies for covering the downhill to the arrival at full speed, chasing together with Barguil the five leaders of the stage (Lopez, Van Garderen, Pantano, Ion Izagirre and Chernitckii).
LAMPRE-MERIDA rider reached the front of the race at 100 meters to go, too late for taking part in the sprint for the stage victory, which was obtained by Pantano.

Rui Costa achieved the result of climbing the general classification: he finished the Tour de Suisse in 7th place, at 2’09” to Lopez.
Once again Jan Polanc realized a very good performance, which gave him the 13th place in the stage at 1’17” to the winner and the 15th place in the final general classification.

The original course of the stage was demanding and it became even more intense when it was shortened – Rui Costa commented – It was important to be immediately ready to act and my legs supported me in doing so.
I attacked, I push hard and I fought, my legs used all the energies and they brought me to the fron group at 100 meters to the arrival.
I could not sprint for the stage victory, however I’m satisfied for the 7th position in the final general classification: I’m on the right track, I can work with morale for the next appointment“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Pantano 1h23’55”
2- Chernetckii s.t.
3- Izagirre I. s.t.
4- Lopez s.t.
5- Van Garderen s.t.
6- Rui Costa s.t.
13- Polanc 1’17”, 34- Niemiec 5’06”, 35- Durasek s.t., 53- Mario Costa 6’56”, 54- Arashiro s.t., 88- Bono 11’01”, 102- Cimolai 11’10”

FINAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Lopez 30h55’58”
2- Izagirre I. 12″
3- Barguil 18″
4- Pantano 42″
5- Talansky 1’04”
7- Rui Costa 2’09”
15- Polanc 10’21”, 42- Niemiec 44’58”, 58- Durasek 57’10”, 83- Arashiro 1h08’50”, 103- Mario Costa 1h20’46”, 123- Bono 1h40’03”, 125- Cimolai 1h43’19”

Posted in Giro di Svizzera

Ulissi king of the time trial in Celjska Koca

Ulissi king of the time trial in Celjska Koca

Impressive victory of Diego Ulissi in the demanding time trial in the 3rd day of the Tour of Slovenia.

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclist’s timing was 4″ lower than the ones by Taaramae and Fraille, 1’10” better than the performance by Foliforov, who was the winner of the climbing time trial in the Giro d’Italia.

The start of the course of the race against the clock was in Celje and the cyclists reached the arrival in Celjska Koca covering 16,8 km: the first part was on plain and after 10 km began the climb of medium gradient of 6,4% and maximum gradient of 16%.

Diego Ulissi could pedal at high speed in the first part of the course pedaling on the Merida Warp TT and he succeeded in climbing on the ascent in a perfect way, being very brilliant also in the most demanding sectors of the hill also thanks to the programmed change of the bike (Merida Scultura after 1 km on the final climb).

The captain of LAMPRE-MERIDA stopped the clock on 28’23”.

The best blue-fucsia-green rider in the general classification is still Pibernik, who’s 16th at 4’39” to Taaramae (in the time trial he was 37th at 2’37” to Ulissi).

This is the 3rd seasonal victory for Ulissi (photo Stiehl/Bettini), the 9th for LAMPRE-MERIDA in the 2016 season.

STAGE CLASSIFICATION
1- Ulissi 28’23”
2- Taaramae 4″
3- Fraille s.t.
4- Foliforov 1’10”
5- Haigh 1’14”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Taaramae 10h42’43”
2- Haigh 1’42”
3- Barta 2’38”
4- Bernal 2’47”
5- Golcer 2’48”
16- Pibernik 4’39”

Posted in Giro di Slovenia

Rui Costa detains the 10th place in the Davos time trial

Rui Costa detains the 10th place in the Davos time trial

The riders who’are competing in the Tour de Suisse confronted each other on the second time trial of the Swiss race.
After the opening time trial, the 8th stage was again a race against the clock on the distance of 16,8 km with start and arrival in Davos.

On a hilly course which had a windy descent in the middle sector, Rui Costa completed the time trial in 22’24”, 53″ more than the time of the winner Ion Izagirre, who preceded in the stage classification Lopez (+18″) and Cancellara (+19″).
In the stage classification, Rui Costa was 19th and in the general classification he detained the 10th place, at 2’09” to the new leader Lopez.

The Portuguese rider (photo Bettini), who pedaled on the Merida Warp TT, was careful in the early part of the course and his performance became better and better in the second sector and especially in the final one.

Fairly good performance by Polanc, who was 44th at 1’32”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Izagirre I. 21’31”
2- Lopez 18″
3- Cancellara 19″
4- Kelderman 21″
5- Talansky 23″
19- Rui Costa 53″

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Lopez 29h32’03”
2- Talansky 8″
3- Izagirre 16″
4- Barguil 18″
5- Pantano 52″
10- Rui Costa 2’09”

Posted in Giro di Svizzera

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