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Team LAMPRE-MERIDA and Salice Occhiali still together in 2015

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA and Salice Occhiali still together in 2015

The satisfying relationship between Team LAMPRE-MERIDA and the sponsor and eyewear supplier Salice Occhiali will continue in 2015 too.

The cyclists from the blue-fuchsia-green team will be the testimonials of the Italian manufacturer, wearing Salice race eyewear and the casual sunglasses on the roads of the world.Salice will provide the champions from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA with the most recent models 011 and 012 (see photos) customized with the fuchsia color coordinated with the colors of the team.

The sunglasses 011 and 012 are the top models proposed by Salice for cyling: they’re light and their design is charming, moreover their fit is completely comfortable.

They’re both manufactured in Grilimad, a particular material that is characterized by outstanding flexibility and strength, a low weight and a high resistance to impacts and weather conditions. They guarantee the maximum strength and a the maximum lightness.

We’re very happy and proud to continue the cooperation with Team Lampre-MeridaAnna Salice, CEO of Salice Occhiali, said – We decided to be with the team in 2015 too in all the top races of the World Tour because we’re sure the riders from Lampre-Merida will excel for their grind and for the results they’ll achieve, as they did in 2014.

The aim of Salice is to support them with our experience in the sport eyewear, providing the top models. We’re sure the 2015 season will be full of successes and we’ll be on the most important podiums with Lampre-Merida’s cyclists”.

The team manager Brent Copeland explained that: “Team LAMPRE-MERIDA has always been pioneer in discovering new cycling areas, always starting from its Italian roots: that’s why it’s a pleasure to continue to work with an Italian partner such as Salice.

The quality of the sunglasses is very high and its perfect for our pro riders.

We thank Salice for having choose to be with us in 2015 too: we’ll do our best”.

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Video from the team meeting in Darfo Boario Terme

Video from the team meeting in Darfo Boario Terme

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA spent the past week in Darfo Boario Terme for the team meeting in view of the 2015 season.

A new video gives you the entry to the team meeting and shows you the interviews with Modolo (“what a feeling my first victory in the World Tour preceding Cavendish and Degenkolb”), Niemiec (“my 2015 season will start in Tour de San Luis”), Rui Costa (“the 4th place in the final UCI ranking is a very important result”) and with the young guns Conti (“the victory in Gp Beghelli is a dream that became true, now I’m ready for the debut in Giro d’Italia”) and Bonifazio (“I travelled all around the world in 2014″).

Visit the video gallery and watch the video at the address www.teamlampremerida.com/en/videos/immagini-e-interviste-dal-ritiro-di-darfo-boario-terme.

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The jerseys of the champions for “Regala un Sogno”

The jerseys of the champions for “Regala un Sogno”

Third edition of the charity”Regala un Sogno”, promoted by the mechanic of Team LAMPRE-MERIDA Enrico Pengo.

The on-line auction gives to everybody the opportunity to try to obtain the jerseys of the top cyclists: it’s simple, enter the website www.all1sport.com and go in the auction section.

The auction will start on November the 30th and will end on December the 15th.

All the proceeds from the charity will be donated to the organization “Proviamo Insieme per l’Handicap” di Camisano Vicentino, that will use the money to finance the project “Casa Famiglia – Dopo di Noi”.

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Xu Gang and the well deserved confirmation in LAMPRE-MERIDA

Xu Gang and the well deserved confirmation in LAMPRE-MERIDA

The operation that gave to Xu Gang (photo Bettini) the opportunity to race the 2014 season in LAMPRE-MERIDA was, as in the management purposes, more than a simple investment in the Asian cycling movement.
The rider from Shanghai, 5 times national champion, demonstrated on the roads his cycling qualities: he was always ready to fulfill the expectations of the team’s sport directors and he always achieved the targets.

Xu Gang (see biography: www.teamlampremerida.com/en/team/atleti/xu-gang) shown that he’s a very reliable team member, receiving the aprpeciation by all this team mates and by the sport directors.

In 2014 the Chinese athlete raced for 41 days, 18 in World Tour competitions: his debut in the top category of the world cycling was the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, then he took part in Tour de Romandie (helping Rui Costa in obtaining a place on the final podium),Vattenfall Cyclassics Hamburg and Tour of Beijing.

LAMPRE-MERIDA did not hesitate to confirm Xu Gang in the team for 2015 too, as the team manager Brent Copeland explained: “We were aware that Xu Gang could have face some difficulties in approching the World Tour category, but he had not actually problems in familiarizing with the new team and realizing very good performances in demanding races such as Vuelta al Pais Vasco and Tour de Romandie.
We received good feedbacks about Xu by all the other riders of the team and by the sport director, so we extend his contract.
Considering the improvements he performed during the 2014 season, we’re sure that he will enhance his qualities in 2015 too, so that we’ll be able to give him the opportunity to debut in a three weeks tour“.

Xu Gang is very happy: “The 2014 season was fantastic for me, the decision of the team of confirm my presence in the roster for 2015 makes me very proud.
Everybody in the team, all the riders and all the members of the staff helped me a lot, so I only had to focus my attention of the races and the trainings: everybody in the team has a lot of talent and everything is perfect.
I can’t wait for the 2015 season to start“.

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Mauduit and Scirea join the group of the directors of LAMPRE-MERIDA

Mauduit and Scirea join the group of the directors of LAMPRE-MERIDA

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA completed the technical staff that, in the team meeting in Darfo Boario Terme (1-4 December) will start to plan the 2015.

The sport directors group that had worked in the past season (Orlando Maini, Marco Marzano, Simone Pedrazzini, Daniele Righi and Bruno Vicino) will be enriched by Philippe Mauduit and Mario Scirea (in photo with the team manager Copeland and the Mitsubishi team car).

Philippe Mauduit was born in 1968 in Tours (France) and in 2003 made his debut as sport director: he improved his skills year after year, so he could reach a top level that allwed him to direct world cycling stars.

Mario Scirea was born in Oltre il Colle (Italy) in 1964. In ten years spent on the team cars, he obtained huge satisfactions by directing top riders in achieving many important results.

The aim of the team is to improve its qualities, that’s why we decided to add to the team technical staff two expert sport director whose skills are well known in the cycling world – Brent Copeland explained – Mauduit and Scirea add value to the group of sport directors of the team that already shown top quality in the past seasons. 
Moreover, Philippe and Mario contribute to the distinguish balance between the international way and the Italian roots that characterizes our team.  
I’d also like to point out that all of our sport directors obtained the necessary licence from UCI.
The technical staff will work for common targets with harmony and each sport director will be responsible for specific tasks“.

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From Costa to Costa: Mario Jorge in LAMPRE-MERIDA

From Costa to Costa: Mario Jorge in LAMPRE-MERIDA

For 2015 season, Team LAMPRE-MERIDA doubled the Faria Da Costa.
In addition to Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, in the next season the team’s sport director will rely on Mario Jorge Faria Da Costa (photo), who’s the brother of the former world champion.

Mario Costa was born in Povoa de Varzim (Portugal) on 15 November 1985 and he turned pro in 2008, demonstrating during his career good skills on flat course and in time trial, giving his best in the support of the team’s captains.
Despite the fact that he always worked for helping the team mates, in 2011 he obtained the second place in the Portuguese road championship.

LAMPRE-MERIDA roster for 2015 will have one more rider that will work for the captains, with a special regard to Rui Costa, with whom Mario Costa has a natural feeling that will be useful during the race.
The Portuguese cyclist can give an additional value on flat courses, just want the sport directors was searching for.

It’s such a pride and statisfaction for me to wear in 2015 the colors of LAMPRE-MERIDA – Mario Costa commented – I will do my best to honor this opportunity, I’ll work hard daily to meet the target that the team will propose to me.
I thank the team, the sponsors and the team manager Copeland for this opportunity: it will be exciting to fight in support of my brother Rui in his attempts of achieving top results“.

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LAMPRE-MERIDA will be in Darfo Boario Terme

LAMPRE-MERIDA will be in Darfo Boario Terme

It’s better not to change the good traditions.

So, Darfo Boario Terme will host once again the first official team meeting of Team LAMPRE-MERIDA in view of the next season.

From the evening of December the 1st to December the 4th, the blue-fuchsia-green team will be in Hotel San Martino (via San Martino 28, Darfo Boario Terme) for a traditional appointment that can be renewed thanks to the efforts by As Boario and the pool of sponsors collected by Ezio Maffi (President of As Boario).

Darfo Boario Terme will welcome many top cyclists, such as the former World Champion Rui Costa, the Italian top riders Modolo and Pozzato, the Italian young guns Cattaneo, Bonifazio e Conti. Moreover, there will be also the Taiwanese rider Feng and the Ethiopian one Grmay, first athletes from their own Countries to race in a World Tour team.

The main aims of the team meeting will be the definition of the planning of the first part of the season and the evaluation of the technical items.

Also the chance to create a team spirit is one of the main reasons of the team meeting.

Team staff will operate following instructions  by team manager Copeland, who’ll will be sided by the whole group of sport directors and by Michele Bartoli (responsible for trainings and racing programs)

in order to plan the 2015 season.

Team will receive the visits by the main sponsors (Galbusera family and Merida managers) and by the other partner and suppliers.

In order to thanks As Boario and the pool of sponsors that contributed to the team meeting, on Wednesday the 3rd, at 7 pm, Team LAMPRE-MERIDA and its champions will take part in a public meeting that will be organized by As Boario in Sala Conferenze of Hotel San Martino.

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Competitive climbers group thanks to the confirmation of Serpa

Competitive climbers group thanks to the confirmation of Serpa

In 2015 too LAMPRE-MERIDA will count on one of his best climber: Josè Rodolfo Serpa Perez (photo Bettini).

The Colombian rider signed the prolongation of the contract for one season with the blue-fuchsia-team, so in 2015 he’ll spend his third year wearing LAMPRE-MERIDA jersey.
The “Lion from Bucaramanga”, born in 1979 in Corazal, has spent 9 seasons in pro cycling, obtaining 35 victories. In the past season, Serpa achieved one of the most important success in his career, the Trofeo Laigueglia.

The confirmation of Serpa in the roster for 2015 will contribute to keep a very high level of quality in our climbers group. Josè is a key rider for his experience, his cycling skills and his reliability: he has been always more than competitive in all the top races he took part in – team manager Brent Copeland explained – His role of support to the captains will be very precious, so as it will be his skills in trying to achieve personal goals, as it happened in Trofeo Laigueglia 2014.
Moreover, Josè is a very good guy and he’s appreciated by all the team members“.

More info about Serpa: www.teamlampremerida.com/en/team/atleti/serpa-perez-jose-rodolfo/

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Pro Cycling Teams unite to create a more exciting, stable and credible sport

Pro Cycling Teams unite to create a more exciting, stable and credible sport

Velon aims to make the sport more accessible to all, to bring technology to the races and to promote stable, credible teams that fans can support long-term.

Today sees the launch of Velon, the first joint venture of UCI World Tour cycling teams. This group brings together 11 leading teams – over 60 per cent of the World Tour – to drive a financial model that, in line with other international sports, ensures a sustainable future for the teams.

To achieve this the group wants to bring excitement to the sport, allowing fans to engage more with the teams than ever before. Velon’s aims are for a coherent season that excites people from start to finish and uses emerging technologies, such as on-bike cameras, that bring fans closer to the action.

Through Velon, the group will continue to work on partnerships with other stakeholders in the sport, including the UCI, the race organisers, and the AIGCP professional cycling association.

Velon’s founding members are Belkin Pro Cycling, BMC Racing, Garmin-Sharp, Lampre-Merida, Lotto-Belisol, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, Orica-GreenEDGE, Team Giant-Shimano, Team Sky, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing. The group is open to working with other teams that share their objectives and values, either to join Velon or partner with the company on new business.

The core ideas and objectives for the Teams in Velon are:

- More exciting sport: looking for a race calendar that tells a season long story, and is better understood by a growing international fan base, with more entertaining racing for the fans.

- New technology: bring the race alive from the rider’s perspective, showing the fans what it’s like from the saddle.

- Underpinned by sustainable, credible teams the fans can follow now and long into the future. Creating a new, better economic future for the sport, through collective action and increased co-operation between the teams and other stakeholders.

The company has been created to work on behalf of these teams for new business creation. Each team is represented on the board and Graham Bartlett (formerly of UEFA, Nike and other major sports brands) has been appointed as CEO.

Bartlett said: “The existing, sponsor only, business model is fragile for all teams. We need to change this to a more rounded one with fans at the heart of it, investing in new technological initiatives to generate greater excitement from the races and bring the sport closer to its fans. The company will look to use the combined commitment of the teams to create new revenues.
This combined commitment can help to deliver more of what the fans want to see from the sport – exciting races brought to life with great technology. What we’re trying to build will hopefully create a virtuous circle where it’s easier for fans to engage with the teams and riders and gives the teams even greater incentives to maintain credibility.”

The first example of Velon’s work came earlier this year, when these teams got together to work with their riders and the race organisers to implement on-bike cameras during the races. Bartlett adds: “This could only have been negotiated and delivered with the organisers by having a unified group. Initially co-operating with IMG for the Tour de Suisse and then continuing with A.S.O. at the Tour de France, the Vuelta and a number of other big races in the calendar. By using new technology, and by working very closely with the race organisers, the teams were able to capture fantastic, never seen before footage showing the riders in spectacular fashion and the response from the fans was even better than we expected.”

The Tour de Suisse on-bike camera videos syndicated to Cyclingnews and InCycle (which is also an IMG Media/Velon collaboration) were viewed over 1 million times. The videos from other races also gave significant YouTube traffic for the teams themselves, Orica-GreenEDGE’s Tour de France stage-5 footage, for example, was viewed over 108,000 times, creating significant interest for the team.

Fans and financial partners must trust the sport and the teams must be open, honest and transparent. The integrity of cycling is also the foundation for a healthy following, increased investment and further growth. This must be based on a sound, stable business model for the teams.

Lampre-Merida team manager, Brent Copeland: “We at Team Lampre-Merida feel that working closely with other World Tour Teams forming one group, namely Velon, is an important step in the right direction to creating even more interest and excitement for the sport of pro cycling, not only for the stability of the sports future but more importantly for the fans”.

Video: www.teamlampremerida.com/en/videos/lancio-di-velon/

Contacts

Team representatives: Press office Team LAMPRE-MERIDA (team@teamlampremerida.com)

Velon PR Agency: Rob Ashwell, SHIFT Active Media: rob.ashwell@shiftactivemedia.com, +44 7800 515 001

About “Velon”

Velon is a business venture formed by pro-cycling teams, established in 2014 to foster longer term stability for its members and the sport. It is wholly owned and controlled equally by the 11 shareholding teams. Headquartered in the UK, the commercial organisation “Velon” was founded by Belkin Pro Cycling, BMC Racing, Garmin-Sharp, Lampre-Merida, Lotto-Belisol, Omega Pharma – Quick-step, Orica-GreenEDGE, Team Giant-Shimano, Team Sky, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing, with members of each team on Velon’s board. Its first project was to create on-bike camera footage for several UCI World Tour races in 2014.

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Compliments to Chun Kai Feng

Compliments to Chun Kai Feng

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA congratulates with Chun Kai Feng (photo) for his success in the Taiwanese road championship.

The Asian cyclist, who’ll join the blue-fuchsia-green team in 2015, obtained the fourth Taiwanese title in his career (he also won one time trial title).

On the arrival in Taitung, at the end of the 159 km of the course, Chun Kai Feng obtained a solo victory, since the first chaser, Liu, had a gap of 1’56″

RACE RESULTS

1- Feng 4h21’03″

2- Liu 1’56″

3- Peng 3’41″

4- Shiao s.t.

5- Lu s.t.

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