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Feng, the first Taiwanese rider in a WT team is ready to debut

Feng, the first Taiwanese rider in a WT team is ready to debut

Interest for the debut in Dubai Tour of Chun Kai Feng (photo Pisoni), the first taiwanese cyclist to race in a World Tour team.

Feng will take part in the Arabian race wearing the jersey of Taiwanese national champion.
I want to give my contribution to the team in Dubai Tour – Chun Kai Feng said – I’ll meet again the team after the winter team meeting that took place in the early days of December, when I spent 7 days in Italy for medical checks, clothing fitting and tests with cycling equipment. I received my new bike Merida Reacto Evo and I met my new team mates, the team staff and the trainings responsible: I’m sure the feeling with the new team is very good.
Before I came back to Taiwan, I chose the house where I’ll live when I’ll be in Europe, I set with the training consultant the program of trainings for the winter and the nutritional programs with the team doctors.

After the training camp, I flew back to Taiwan and I start training with huge enthusiasm: trainings are always demanding, but it’s the cycling the nature!
Also the nutritional programs are very precise, it’s not like eating at the restaurant.
Day by day I respected the training programs, I checked constantly my weight and I was always in contact with the team in Europe, so I’m confident to be ready for my debut in Dubai.

As it will be for my Asian friend Xu Gang, my role in Dubai Tour will be as support to the team captains for achieving the top results.
I want to improve my performances and I want to be a better cyclist: I’ll have the opportunity to learn from the top level riders.
We’re a good team, we’ll be able to work all together to achieve the best goals: we’ll try to do it already in Dubai Tour”.

Posted in Dubai Tour

Xu Gang and his training in Yunnan

Xu Gang and his training in Yunnan

The blue-fuchsia-green selection that will take part in the second edition of the Dubai Tour will be soon disclosed, but it can be announced that the Arabian race will be the seasonal debut of the Chinese athlete Xu Gang (photo Pisoni) and the first time for the Taiwanese cyclist Chuna Kai Feng with Team LAMPRE-MERIDA.

“I spent the winter in China, training hard for starting the season in a good condition – Xu Gang pointed out – I chose to train in the Yunnan zone, at 2000 of altitude: pedaling on my Merida Reacto Evo I could train in a good weather, the temperature was amazing, not below the 20° and it allowed me to perform the whole training program that the former cycling champion Michele Bartoli, the team consultant for trainings, set for me.

I fell that my condition is good for start properly the second season in the blue-fuchsia-green jersey.

The 2015 will begin in the Dubai Tour, a race I never took part in.
My aim is to approach the race with the necessary attitude: the courses of the stages won’t be so demanding, but the side wind will be a danger.
My role will be to make a good work for the team in the early part of the stage and in view of the sprint, supporting the fast riders of the team.
I’ll also try to be ready to join breakaway just after the start”.

Info about Yunnan zone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yunnan

Posted in Dubai Tour

Niemiec in the breakaway, Modolo 4th at the sprint

Niemiec in the breakaway, Modolo 4th at the sprint

Fighting spirit for Niemiec in the final stage of Tour de San Luis, 122,4 km with start and arrival in San Luis.

If Cattaneo enlivened a breakaway in the 6th stage, the Polish climber was protagonist of the main attack of the 7th stage: he escaped from the bunch after few kilometers in the race with other 8 riders and they led the stage until the final part of the course, with a max advantage of 4′ on the bunch.

The breakaway was neutralized in view of the arrival and the fast riders battled in a high speed sprint: “It was a very fast sprint, the approach by my team mates and me was good: we’re riding at 80 km/h but I had to brake because I couldn’t have the necessary space. I preferred to avoid risks.

In 2014 I came back to Europe from Argentina with one victory, this year I could not achieve the goal of the success but I’m quite satisfied anyway because my fit is good and I’m sure it will increase and it wll reach a very good level“.

The stage was won by Cavendish on Gaviria and Mareczko (photo Bettini), the overall classification was won by Diaz (Niemiec 13th).

STAGE RESULTS

1- Cavendish 2h33’29″

2- Gaviria s.t.

3- Mareczko s.t.

4- Modolo s.t.

5- Hutarovich s.t.

FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1- Diaz 22h37’07″

2- Torres 1’05″

3- Quintanta 1’34″

4- Sepulveda 2’02″

5- Contreras 3’16″

13- Niemiec 7’27″

37- Cattaneo 19’15″, 38- Pozzato 19’44″, 92- Pibernik 39’28″, 107- Modolo 44’02″, 133- Richeze 55’55″

Posted in Tour de San Luis

Bonifazio 6th in the sprint, Grmay so close to the top 10

Bonifazio 6th in the sprint, Grmay so close to the top 10

Three seconds less and Tsgabu Grmay would have obtained a place in the top ten of Tour Down Under at his debut in Team LAMPRE-MERIDA.

The African athlete completed the Australian race in 11th position, at 1′ to the winner Dennis and at 3″ to the tenth place of Bennett.
The final stage seemed to be easy (20 laps of a 4,5 km circuit in Adelaide), but some crashes in the final laps broke the bunch and forced some riders to reach the arrival on late.
For LAMPRE-MERIDA, Grmay could avoid to get involved in the crashes and so he could climb to the 11th place from the 13th one and the fast Bonifazio could take part in the sprint, obtaining the 6th position (photo Bettini).
Wippert won the stage preceding Haussler.

Mori crashed when there were 4 laps remaining and he hit his shoulder, but nothing got fractured.

Today we went close to the top 5 positions of the stage and to the top 10 of the overall classification: of course there’s a little regret for these results - sport director Vicino commented - Anyway, we must consider that Bonifazio is starting his second season as pro and that Grmay is only 23, so their performances in Australia are good“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Wippert 1h56’09″
2- Haussler s.t.
3- Vallée s.t.
4- Brutt s.t.
5- Impey s.t.
6- Bonifazio s.t.
29- Grmay s.t., 60- Cimolai 1’01″, 78- Ferrari 1’25″,  98- Durasek 3’29″, 108- Bono 4’28″, Mori dnf.

OVERALL FINAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Dennis 19h15’18″
2- Porte 2″
3- Evans 20″
4- Dumoulin 22″
5- Fernandez 24″
11- Grmay 1′
42- Durasek 8’06″, 84- Bonifazio 20’04″, 97- Cimolai 27′, 110 Bono 34’42″, 114- Ferrari 42’44″

Posted in Peoples' Choice Classic e Tour Down Under

Cattaneo tries the master stroke with a long breakaway

Cattaneo tries the master stroke with a long breakaway

The prospect of the very demanding final climb of the 6th stage of Tour de San Luis (117,5 km from Achiras to Filo Sierras Comechingones, final climb of 16 km at 7,8% average degree) did not scare Mattia Cattaneo, who wanted to imprint his name in the Argentinian race.

The young rider from LAMPRE-MERIDA (photo Bettini) escaped from the bunch with Canola, Duchesne, Arango, Danielson and Kochetkov in the early kilometers of the stage and the gap of the breakaway on the bunch was at max 5′.
It was not possible for the attackers to increase the advantage because Mattia Cattaneo could be dangerous for the leader of the overall classification Diniz, since the Italian cyclist had a gap of 6’40″.

The breakaway members had to surrender on the final climb, just before the winning show by the Brazilian Ramos began.
Niemiec reached the arrival in late (+2’54″) and so he lost two places in the overall classification: he’s 13th at 7’27″ to Diaz.

STAGE RESULTS
1-Ramos 3h10’55″
2- Torres 2″
3- Diaz 6″
4-Quintana 15″
5- Moreno 17″
18- Niemiec 2’54″
38- Pozzato 7’24″, 73- Modolo 12’10″, 75- Pibernik 12’13″, 76- Cattaneo 12’23″, 128- Richeze 16’16″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Diaz 20h03’38″
2- Torres 1’05″
3- Quintana 1’34″
4- Sepulveda 2’02″
5- Contreras 3’16″
13- Niemiec 7’27″ 

Posted in Tour de San Luis

Niemiec, very good time trial for the 7th place

Niemiec, very good time trial for the 7th place

Przemyslaw Niemiec (photo Bettini) realized a very good performance in the 5th stage of Tour de San Luis, the 17,4 km time trial.
The climber from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA recorded the 7th time, 20’41″ (average speed 50,475 km/h), that was 34″ higher than the time of the winner Malori.

The Polish rider demonstrated that the worked properly on the Merida Warp TT bike and the result in the Argentinian time trial is a confirmation of this improvement.
Niemiec is 11th in the overall classification, at 4’39″ to the leader Diaz and at 2″ to the 10th place of Brajkovic.

Mattia Cattaneo started the time trial very fast and at half course his gap to Malori was 2″, but his action lost power in the second part and he crossed the finish line with a gap of 1’22″ to the winner (28th position).

After the time trial, the riders will face the 6th stage with summit arrival in Filo Sierras Comechingones.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Malori 20h07″
2-  Kwiatkowski 4″
3- Houle 5″
4- Tvetcov 29″
5- Messineo 32″
7- Niemiec 34″
28- Cattaneo 1’22″, 35- Pozzato 1’41″, 54- Richeze 2’06″, 84- Pibernik 2’41″, 89- Modolo 2’52″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Diaz 16h52’37″
2- Torres 1’09″
3- Quintana 1’25″
4- Sepulveda 1’46″
5- Contreras 2’43″
11- Niemiec 4’39″ 

Posted in Tour de San Luis

Grmay still at the top: 13th in the overall classification

Grmay still at the top: 13th in the overall classification

Tsgabu Grmay demonstrated again to be competitive at the top level in Tour Down Under queen stage with summit arrival in Willunga Hill (start in McLaren Vale, 151,5 km of length, last climb 3,5 km at 7%).

The Ethiopian champion repeated the impressive performance he had done in the 3rd stage, obtaining the 14th place at 38″ to the winner Porte.
Thanks to this result, Grmay (photo Watson/Bettini) climbed up one position in the overall classification and so he’s 13th at 1′ to the leader Dennis, the same gap of Rogers.
The African rider is 5th in the young riders standing.
It won’t be simple to change the situation of the overall classification in the last flat stage in Adelaide.

Brent Copeland, team manager from LAMPRE-MERIDA, enjoyed his team performances from Europe: “The good results Grmay is obtaining give us a big satisfaction. It’s good to see him being competitive in a World Tour race, fighting against top level riders: he’s only 23 years old and he prefers longer climbs than the Australian ones.
Many compliments also to the other riders of our team, who supported Tsgabu in the best possible way“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Porte 3h37’32″
2- Dennis 9″
3- Fernandez 16″
4- Evans s.t.
5- Dumoulin T. s.t.
14- Grmay 38″
26- Mori 2’16″, 39- Durasek 2’31″, 115- Bono 14’30″, 116- Cimolai s.t., 120- Ferrari s.t., 121- Bonifazio 14’39″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Dennis  17h19’09″
2- Porte 2″
3- Evans 20″
3- Dumoulin 22″
4- Fernandez 24″
13- Grmay 1′ 

 

Posted in Peoples' Choice Classic e Tour Down Under

South American supremacy in the mountains, Niemiec 23rd

South American supremacy in the mountains, Niemiec 23rd

In the 4th stage of Tour de San Luis (142,5 km from Vila Dolores to the summit arrival in Alto de Amago), Niemiec and Cattaneo (photo Bettini) tried to limit the gap to the ruling South American riders, who had the supremacy in the stage standing.

The Argentinian Diaz (second stage victory) won the stage, preceding the Brazilian Diaz (+52″) and the Colombian athletes Torres (+54″) and Quintana (+56″).

Niemiec reached the arrival in 23rd position at 3’50″ to the winner; Cattaneo was 25th at +4’41″.

STAGE RESULTS

1- Diaz 3h29’25″

2- Diniz 52″

3- Torres 54″

4- Quintana 56″

23- Niemiec 3’50″

25- Cattaneo 4’41″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1- Diaz 16h31’48″

2- Torres 1′

3- Diniz 1’19″

4- Quintana 1’23″

17- Niemiec 4’47″

24- Cattaneo 6′

Posted in Tour de San Luis

Bonifazio is the best Italian rider in Mount Barker

Bonifazio is the best Italian rider in Mount Barker

Posted in Peoples' Choice Classic e Tour Down Under

Grmay, the lion begins to roar in Australia

Grmay, the lion begins to roar in Australia

From Australia arrive the early roars by Tsgabu Grmay, who obtained the 12th place in the 3rd stage of Tour Down Under (Norwood-Paracomb, 143,2 km).
The result is very valuable, considering the quality of the cyclists with whom he battled in the final kilometers of the race.

Grmay crossed the finish line at 15″ to the winner Dennis and he’s now 14th in the overall classification, at 25″ to the leader Dennis and at 3″ to the 10th place of Impey.

I’m happy for the feedbacks I got in the stage and the result is satisfying – Grmay (photo Watson/Bettini) explained – Being side by side in the final meters of the race with the top riders in the world is something special for me, it gives me even more energies to try to achieve an amazing result such the top 10 of the overall classification: Willunga Hill stage will be the key moment”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Dennis 3h35’08″
2- Evans 3″
3- Dumoulin T. s.t.
4- Bouet 5″
5- Rogers s.t.
12- Grmay 15″
24- Mori 27″, 60- Durasek s.t., 107- Bono 5’18″, 108-Bonifazio s.t., 112- Cimolai 7’12″, 113- Ferrari s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Dennis 10h17’06″
2- Evans 7″
3- Dumoulin T. 9″
4- Porte 15″
5- Haig s.t.
14- Grmay 25″

Posted in Peoples' Choice Classic e Tour Down Under

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