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Rui close to the podium: 4th place in the first Ardenne Classic

Rui close to the podium: 4th place in the first Ardenne Classic

Rui Costa never betrays and each time he’s at the start of a race, there’s the certainty that he’ll fight for being protagonist.
This happened in Amstel Gold Race too, where the Portuguese rider obtained the 4th place, preceded in the final sprint by Kwiatkowski (1st), Valverde (2nd) and Matthews (3rd): photo Bettini.

The race was lead after 30 km by a six cyclists breakaway: in LAMPRE-MERIDA line-up there were Bono and Polanc, two very reliable attackers, so it was simple for the sport directors Mauduit and Pedrazzini to have one rider in the main breakaway and this time the blue-fuchsia-green attacker was Polanc, who managed to lead the race for 200 km (the breakaway was neutralized at 25 km to go.

A large group approached the final passage on the Cauberg, Gilbert attacked and he selected a 18 riders group in which there was Rui Costa too, who managed to be very close to the podium.

Today my feelings were good and, thanks to my team mates, I managed to drive my Merida bike in a competitive way on the winding roads of the Amstel Gold Race – Rui Costa explained – I only had a problem in the approach of the Eyserbosweg, at 40 km to go, when two riders that were preceding me crashed and I could avoid the first one, but not the second one. I did not suffer consequences and so I managed to come back to the bunch and be in the head position in view of the final kilometers.
The group was still counting many riders and Gilbert’s action was good but not enough for allowing him to win, so the chasing group in which I was pedaling could join him.
I was still having energies for the sprint, but I was very close to the fences so I must brake and this hesitation made me missing the best moment to start the sprint and the possibility to be on the podium.
Anyway, the fourth place is a very good result, also taking into consideration the value of the opponents, and a good start for this important week“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Kwiatkowski 6h31’49”
2- Valverde s.t.
3- Matthews s.t.
4- Rui Costa s.t.
49- Ulissi 52″, 53- Valls s.t., 101- Durasek 6’47”, 103- Polanc s.t., 109- Mori s.t., Bono dnf, Conti dnf.

Posted in Classiche delle Ardenne

The selection of LAMPRE-MERIDA for the demanding week

The selection of LAMPRE-MERIDA for the demanding week

LAMPRE-MERIDA in the Ardenne, where they’ll get involved in three World Tour events of the Amstel Gold Race (Holland, Sunday 19th April), the Fleche Wallone (Belgium, Wednesday 22th April) and of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Belgium, Sunday 26th April).

For the Dutch race, eight riders were selected to wear the blue-fuchsia-green jerseys that are manifactured by Champion System: Matteo Bono , Valerio Conti, Rui Costa, Kristijan Durasek, Manuele Mori, Jan Polanc, Diego Ulissi and Rafael Valls.
In the following Belgian races, the Colombian climber Josè Serpa will take the place of Durasek.
The team will be directed by the duo Mauduit and Pedrazzini, who’ll receive the support by the masseurs Della Torre, Lima and Redaelli, of the mechanics Baron and Viganò, of the bus driver Bozzolo and of the doctor Ronchi.

Most of the attention of the opponents will be towards Rui Costa, but the Portuguese rider won’t be the only one competitive cyclist in the Team LAMPRE-MERIDA selection for the Ardenne Classics: Valls lived an outstanding first part of the season (stage and overall classification victory in Tour of Oman, 8th places in Paris-Nice and in Volta a Catalunya), Polanc demonstated in Vuelta al Pais Vasco his amazing condition, Ulissi is full of energies and he wants to exploit the experience he got in the past participations in these races.
The dash of Conti is joined by the experience of Mori and Bono (in 2014, Bono protagonist in a breakaway who allowed him to realize a solo passage on the summit of the Redoute) and the climbing skills of Serpa and Durasek.

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA will be hosted, during the whole week, in Eurotel Lanaken

Posted in Classiche delle Ardenne

LAMPRE-MERIDA makes history with the first Taiwanese rider in the race

LAMPRE-MERIDA makes history with the first Taiwanese rider in the race

The weekend of the Paris-Roubaix was not particulary profitable for the Team LAMPRE-MERIDA (61st place for Oliveira and 65th place for Pozzato, who also faced two punctures), but Chun Kai Feng gave pride to the blue-fuchsia-green team.

LAMPRE-MERIDA makes history of the Hell of the North: Feng (photo Bettini) was the first Taiwanese cyclists to be at the start of the race from Compiegne.
This was not merely a statistic data, since the interest from the media and the fans was really great: so many fans asked Feng to sing an autograph or to take a picture.

The exposure for the rider, the team and its sponsors was very high and in Asia the topic was very central: from Thursday to Sunday, two Taiwanese reporters, with the support of Zhao Haoyang (LAMPRE-MERIDA’s Asia media manager) followed all the actions of Feng and the media replies were amazing.
Feng had an article dedicated to him in the first page of the Chinese newspaper United Daily News (link) whose circulation is 1.650.000 copies.
Moreover, the CNA (Central News Agency: the state news agency of the Republic of China) realized a reportage you can watch here.

“This has been an outstanding experience for me and I’m very honoured to had received the opportunity to race the Paris-Roubaix – Feng explained – I learnt that in this race the most important things are the experience, the form and a little bit of luck: I’m not in the top of my shape because of a contusion on my knee that I suffered in a crash in Tour of Taiwan, I approached the early cobbled sectors in the rear part of the bunch and so I had to stop or to run in the fields in order to overtake the crashed riders.
I could not achieve the goal of reaching Roubaix, but I’d like to take part to the race again in the future in a better form in order to try do obtain a better result: I learnt a lot from my team mates and the sport directors of the team”.

Posted in Classiche del Nord

What a great Rui: perfect time trial and 7th place in the final GC

What a great Rui: perfect time trial and 7th place in the final GC

Rui Costa (photo Bettini, with Polanc, Serpa and Mario Costa) obtained a place in the top 10 of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco thanks to a very good performance in the final time trial.

The Portuguese rider covered the Aia course (18,3 km, the first part in donwhill, the second part with two short but demanding hills) in 29’20”, at an average speed of 37,432 km/h, 34″ higher than the performance of the winner Dumoulin, obtaining the 8th place.
The most important consequence of this performance is that Rui entered in the top 10 of the final general classification (he was 12th): he’s 7th at 1’14” from Rodriguez.

I’m very happy for the 7th place in the overall classification of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, which is a race in which I always made huge efforts – Rui Costa explained – This year edition was particularly demanding and the level of the opponents was so high.
I had to face difficult moments but I did not give up and, thanks to the support of the team and of my team mates, I succeeded in obtaining this result“.

Sport director Philippe Mauduit, who received the support of his colleague Marco Marzano, confirmed that: “The result Rui achieved is very good for him and for the team. The value of the 7th place is even higher if we consider that there were a bunch of top riders and that the course was very suitable for light weight cyclists“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Dumoulin 28’46”
2- Rodriguez 4″
3- Izaguirre 5″
4- Henao 17″
5- Intxausti 21″
8- Rui Costa 34″
32- Polanc 1’46”, 34- Ulissi 1’48”, 54- Plaza 2’53”, 57- Serpa 2’39”, 58- Conti 2’40”, 65- Mario Costa 2’47”, 101- Bono 4’53

FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Rodriguez 21h49’38”
2- Henao 13″
3- Izagirre 29″
4- Quintana 38″
5- Yates 46″
6- Scarponi 1’06”
7- Rui Costa 1’14”
23- Polanc 6’23”, 48- Serpa 22’07”, 64- Ulissi 39’57”, 72- Plaza 46’46”, 78- Conti 50’53”, 94- Bono 58’27”, 101- Mario Costa 1h04’04”

Posted in Giro dei Paesi Baschi

Photo gallery of the recon on the cobbled sectors

Photo gallery of the recon on the cobbled sectors

LAMPRE-MERIDA performed today the traditional recon on part of the cobblestones sectors of the Paris-Roubaix.

The start of the training was made special by the presence of the dealers and guests from the sponsor Merida, who challenged the cobblestones riding their Merida bikes.

In the photo gallery that you can find on the team’s official website (link) you can watch the images of the passage in the Arenberg Forest, the start of today recon that ended after 85 km and 17 cobbled sectors covered (on Sunday, the course will be 253,5 km with 27 cobbled sectors for a total of 52,7 km of cobblestones).

Pozzato is the most expert blue-fuchsia-cyclist for this race, Cimolai, Bonifazio and Oliveira the most enthusiastic, while Feng will have the honor of being the first Taiwanese rider ever to take part in the Hell of the North and he’ll do it wearing the National champion jersey.

Posted in Classiche del Nord

Rui Costa is closer to the top 10: now the final TT

Rui Costa is closer to the top 10: now the final TT

LAMPRE-MERIDA protagonist in the breakaway and LAMPRE-MERIDA (in Bettini photo) protagonist in the peloton in the 5th stage of Vuelta al Pais Vasco, 155,5 km from Eibar to Aia.

Conti and Bono succeeded in being members of a large breakaway of 31 cyclists who escaped from the bunch after 30 km in the race. Their cooperation allowed them to have an advantage large enough for giving Landa, one of the attackers, to win the stage.
Bono dropped from the front of the race in the first passage on the Alto de Aia (at 18,3 km to go), while Conti resisted until 10 km to the arrival.

Meanwhile, in the bunch, after having exploited the help of his team mates, Rui Costa managed to pedal with the top riders in the most demanding part of the climb and to cross the finish line in 18th position, at 1’14” to the winner and at only 18″ to the leader of the race Henao.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the riders will face the challenge of the final time trial, 18,3 km with start and arrival in Aia: Rui Costa is 8″ far from the 10th place of Pinot and 1’14” from the leader Henao.

Sport director Marzano sized the chances for Rui to enter in the top 10: “Today Rui demonstrated once again his qualities and his strong determination.
The battle for the top positions of the overall classification is still open and the gaps between the riders are small.
The first half part of tomorrow time trial is a 9 km downhill, then the riders will cover twice the hill to Aia that they already covered today.
It will be important for Rui to be precise in the downhill and to pedal on a good pace in the two climbs: the opponents are specialists of the tima trials, but Rui too is able to realize good performances“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Landa 4h06’01”
2- Wellens 3″
3- Danielson 16″
4- Taaramae 28″
5- Gallopin 38″
18- Rui Costa 1’14”
28- Polanc 2’18”, 35- Serpa 2’50”, 59- Ulissi 4’41”, 61- Conti 5’01”, 75- Bono 8’53”, 94- Mario Costa 11’20”, 107- Plaza 12’08”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Henao 21h20’48”
2- Rodriguez s.t.
3- Yates 7″
4- Quintana 12″
5- Scarponi 22″
12- Rui Costa 44″

Posted in Giro dei Paesi Baschi

Rui with the top riders in Eibar: 9th place

Rui with the top riders in Eibar: 9th place

A very good performance by Rui Costa followed the defensive day that he lived yesterday.
In the 4th stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco (Zumarraga-Eibar Arrate, 162,2 km), the Portuguese cyclist reached the arrival with the top riders, obtaining the 9th place.

On the traditional climb of the Alto de Uzartza, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s captain succeeded in setting a very good pace that allowed him to be in the main group until the summit of the Kom, at 2,2 km to go, and then he covered the downhill to the arrival with the selected group of 12 riders whose sprint was won by Rodriguez (photo Bettini).

Thanks to the 9th place, Rui Costa is now 12th in the overall classification, at 26″ to the leader Henao.

The whole Team LAMPRE-MERIDA realized another good performance, as sport director Mauduit pointed out: “I was happy to see that our riders perform the stage in a active way, as it was necessary.
We were in all the attempts of attack that characterized the early kilometers of the race, thanks to Serpa, Ulissi, Bono and Conti, and in the final part of the stage Polanc was once again a perfect support for Rui Costa in the approach of the hills“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Rodriguez 4h05’10”
2- Mollema s.t.
3- Yates s.t.
4- Izagirre s.t.
5- Henao s.t.
9- Rui Costa s.t.
18- Polanc 47″, 58- Serpa 9’14”, 70- Plaza 18’34”, 81- Mario Costa 20’52”, 84- Ulissi s.t., 85- Bono s.t., 89- Conti 21’46”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Henao 17h13’51”
2- Rodriguez s.t.
3- Quintana s.t.
4- Scarponi 7″
5- Mollema 10″
12- Rui Costa 26″
24- Polanc 3’19”

Posted in Giro dei Paesi Baschi

Rui battles with determination, Polanc is once again perfect

Rui battles with determination, Polanc is once again perfect

A lot of climbs in the 3rd stage of Vuelta al Pais Vasco and a course that was not suitable for the characteristics of Rui Costa (in photo Bettini, with his brother Mario): despite these facts, the Portuguese from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA could limit the gap using his huge determination and exploiting the support by an outstanding Polanc.

The stage started in Vitoria and finished in Zumarraga after 170,7 km and 8 Kom: its topic moment was on Alto de la Antigua, 2500 meters with max degree of 13,5 % and average degree of 9,6%. Despite that this climb was not completely suitable for the Portuguese cyclist from  LAMPRE-MERIDA, Rui managed to limit the gap at the summit of the Gpm (3 km to go) and he could recover seconds in the downhill to the arrival.
LAMPRE-MERIDA’s captain crossed the finish line in 21st position at 26″ to the winner Rodriguez, who preceded in a three riders sprint Henao and Quintana.

It is important to point out that Polanc realized once again a superb performance, giving his support to Rui Costa in the very final kilometers, after that during the stage the help of the team mates had been very goood
. Polanc, 22 years old from Slovenia, recently was force to stop in March because of the fracture on the scaphoid.

In the overall classification, Rui Costa is 21st at 26″ to the new leader Henao.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Rodriguez 4h39’02”
2- Henao s.t.
3- Quintanan s.t.
4- Kwiatkowski 7″
5- Majka s.t.
21- Rui Costa 26″
32- Polanc 58″, 55- Serpa 4’47”, 79- Ulissi 13’36”, 84- Plaza 14’29”, 110- Conti 22’16”, 123- Bono 25’07”, 133- Mario Costa 3’05”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Henao 24h43’42”
2- Rodriguez s.t.
3- Quintana s.t.
4- Kwiatkowski 7″
5- Sanchez s.t.
21- Rui Costa 26″

Posted in Giro dei Paesi Baschi

The 8 cyclists from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA for the Hell of the North

The 8 cyclists from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA for the Hell of the North

Cyclists and bike from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA are ready to face the Paris-Roubaix.
The eight riders that have been selected to race in the Hell of the North are: Niccolò Bonifazio, Davide Cimolai, Chun Kai Feng, Manuele Mori, Nelson Oliveira, Luka Pibernik, Filippo Pozzato and Maximiliano Richeze.
In the team car there will be sport directors Mario Scirea and Daniele Righi.

The race will start in Compiegne and will end in Roubaix after that the riders will have covered 253,5 km and 26 cobblestones sectors (52,7 km).
On Thursday, LAMPRE-MERIDA will pedal on the most demanding cobblestones sectors starting the training at the enter of the Arenberg sector at 10-10,15 am.

In the blue-fuchsia-team there will be one athlete that in his career succeeded in being on the race podium (Pozzato, 2nd place in 2009) and there will be the first Taiwanese ever to take part in the Paris-Roubaix (Feng).

Some notes about the bikes that the team’s mechanics set for the cyclists:
– 17 Merida Ride
– 8 Merida Reacto Evo, as third spare bike
– 40 pairs of wheels – tires from 5 to 6 bar
– chainring 53/44 or 46 and cassette sprocket 11/25
– Prologo saddles with CPC technology

Posted in Classiche del Nord

The Ronde van Vlaanderen live directly from the bunch

The Ronde van Vlaanderen live directly from the bunch

Few days ago Ronde van Vlaanderen took place, but the thrills of the Belgian Classic are still alive and now they are offered to all the cycling fans in an exclusive video.

Thanks to the group of teams of Velon (www.velon.cc), a video has been realized using the images recorded by the means of the on board cameras that were placed on the bikes of the cyclists: hills, cobblestones, crashes, everything from an inside view.

If you want to be part of the bunch, watch the video at the address www.teamlampremerida.com/videos/giro-delle-fiandre-2015-dalle-videocamere-poste-sulle-bici-degli-atleti-by-velon/

Posted in Classiche del Nord

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