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Lampre-Merida charity action at Tour de Pologne queen stage

Lampre-Merida charity action at Tour de Pologne queen stage

Covering the 6th stage of Tour de Pologne in Lampre-Merida team car is a feast prepared for the winner of charity auction. – Such experience will stay in one’s memory for ever – says Czesław Lang, director general of the race. The money raised in the auction, which began on 29th July will help to continue expensive therapy that Klaudia Pająk has to undergo. Klaudia is an 8-year-old girl from Pisarzowice, Przemyslaw Niemiec’s hometown. – All of us in Lampre-Merida will be a domestique for Klaudia in her race – says Marco Marzano, the team’s sport director.

In 2013 the whole Team LAMPRE-MERIDA got really involved in the story of Klaudia, hoping that the small support the team gave could be a big help for her – says Marco Marzano. This year’s auction is the second one organized together with the team. – Knowing that Klaudia is still fighting to win her race against cancer, we had no doubt that our help is necessary once again. In a cycling team we all know how important is to support each other. All of us in LAMPRE-MERIDA will be a domestique for Klaudia in her race – he adds. Since November 2011, Klaudia has been bravely fighting with malignant tumour (neuroblastoma) and she still needs to undergo an expensive therapy in Germany. – After completing the treatment in Germany we were full of hope that everything would be all right. Unfortunately Klaudia relapsed into disease again and since December she has been receiving another treatment – says Jacek Pająk, her father. – Two months ago she had a bone marrow transplant, her mother being the donor. Now she’s feeling fine. The doctors are about to decide how the treatment should be continued. Probably we will have to go to Greifsweld’s clinic in Germany where Klaudia will get antibodies that should reduce the risk of another relapse by 20%. Me and my wife know many cases of children that underwent such therapy with great success – he adds. The therapy is not refunded by National Health Fund and it will cost 143 thousand euro. All the money from the charity auction (http://allegro.pl/show_item.php?item=3408160964) will support Klaudia’s therapy. The organizer of the action is Merida Poland. Przemyslaw Niemiec, Merida brand ambassador in Poland, supports it together with his team – LAMPRE-MERIDA, the organizers of Tour de Pologne and Iskierka Foundation (Klaudia is under its care).

Will the feast decide?

– Many people of goodwill help us by donating on Iskierka Foundation’s account. Over the past years we’ve met many great people – says Jacek Pająk. He adds that lately his family managed to have a rest from many things related to the disease and to recover before the next challenges. Klaudia is very happy about finishing her first class in school (by individual learning course). Together with her parents she is going to keep fingers crossed for Przemysław Niemiec during Tour de Pologne. – Everybody knows and support each other in Pisarzowice – says Jacek Pająk, who wants to watch every stage of Tour de Pologne together with her daughter in TV. The 6th stage is the one to watch for them with special emotions. Covering the stage in LAMPRE-MERIDA team car is the main part of the cycling feast prepared for the winner of a charity auction. Before the stage the winner will meet Przemysław Niemiec and other LAMPRE-MERIDA riders, he will also receive a cycling jersey with their autographs, a cycling cap and a water bottle.

– The 6th stage in Bukowina Tatrzańska is going to be a special one, the queen one, very beautiful and full of famous climbs. I think you will see a lots of action at this stage, which may be crucial for the entire race – says Czesław Lang, director general of the race. – Such experience will stay in one’s memory for ever. The winner of a charity auction will have a chance to be a part of a cycling team and to see how the race looks from the inside, it must be a dream of many cycling fans – he adds. He also did not hesitate for a moment to support the action for Klaudia. – Our sport community is committed to help those most in need and it is a very good initiative. It’s not just the fight for a top sport result that matters, we promote other important values as well – says Czesław Lang.

Don’t be scared in a team car

Czesław Lang has no doubt that that the winner of the auction will be able to admire performance by Przemysław Niemiec. – Przemek is a fantastic climber and I think he will be one of the most important riders at the 6th stage. He was able to rest a bit because he missed Tour de France and he should be in great shape. I think LAMPRE-MERIDA will strongly support him as a leader – he predicts. His opinion is shared by the team’s sport director. – Team LAMPRE-MERIDA will have the chance to be at the start of the 6th stage relying on Przemysław Niemiec, one of the best Polish climber. His ambitions for Tour de Pologne are great, so he’ll be for sure protagonist in the queen stage – says Marco Marzano. Niemiec will try to provide the winner of the auction and to all his fans a lot of good impressions. – As always I will give it all I have and do my best. I am determined to achieve a good result at home. Last year I competed in Tour de Pologne week after Tour de France and I was not able to race well, but this year is different. I feel refreshed and much better prepared for the race – says Niemiec.

The Polish rider claims that LAMPRE-MERIDA roster for the race is really strong and he knows that the winner of the auction will not be disappointed. – The 6th stage will be the toughest and the most exciting in the whole Tour de Pologne – he says. The team’s sport director agrees with him. – In mountain stages you can admire the essence of cycling, the battle one on one between the cyclist and the climbs: it’s something really special and there’s nothing compared to be in the team car seeing the riders at their max efforts just a few centimeters from you – says Marco Marzano. His advice for a winner of the charity auction is to stay calm in the team car. – I suggest to have trust in the sport director that drives the team car. The downhills in a mountain stage are something crazy, the team cars needs to follow the riders and you can imagine that it’s not simple for a vehicle to cover downhills as fast as a bike. The driver must be skillful, so don’t be scared if the tires whistle!

For more information about Klaudia Pająk please check the website klaudiapajak.pl.

Posted in Tour de Pologne

Pozzato will take the place of injuried Richeze

Pozzato will take the place of injuried Richeze

One change in LAMPRE-MERIDA selection for Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian.

Maximiliano Richeze won’t take part in the Basque race: the Argentinian rider was willing to check his condition after the crash that forced him to quit the Tour de France, but more recent medical examination showed two microfractures of the trabecular bone of the medial condyle of the femur.
This diagnosis will prevent Richeze from taking part in Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian.
Filippo Pozzato (photo Bettini) will take the place of Richeze: the Italian top rider will come back in World Tour races earlier than his program, since he had in schedule to race Eneco Tour.

This is LAMPRE-MERIDA’s update selection: Davide Cimolai, Kristijan Durasek, Elia Favilli, Nelson Oliveira, Jan Polanc, Filippo Pozzato, Josè Serpa Perez, Rafael Valls.

Posted in Clasica San Sebastian

LAMPRE-MERIDA will race in USA: Horner will be the captain

LAMPRE-MERIDA will race in USA: Horner will be the captain

Stars and stripes for LAMPRE-MERIDA in August 2014.
Blue-fuchsia-green team will take part, from 4 to 10 August, in Tour of Utah, race of category 2.1.

Nine years after the last time the team raced in USA (2005, San Francisco), LAMPRE-MERIDA will debut in Tour of Utah with an American captain, Chris Horner.
The winner of Vuelta a Espana 2013 will receive a huge support by American fans in his come back to Utah, where during the past edition he won the Snowbird stage and he obtained the 2nd place in the overall classification.
Horner will race Tour of Utah after having completed Tour de France in 17th place.

In addition to Horner, Team LAMPRE-MERIDA’s sport director Bruno Vicino will rely on Winner Anacona, Valerio Conti, Luca Dodi, Andrea Palini, Luca Wackermann and trainees Ilia Koshevoy and Andrea Vaccher.

These are the 7 stages or the race:
- 1st stage, Monday August 4th: Cedar City-Cedar City
- 2nd stage, Tuesday August 5th: Panguitch-Torrey
- 3rd stage, Wednesday August 6th: Lehi-Miller Motorsport Park
- 4th stage, Thursday August 7th: Ogden-Powder Mountain
- 5th stage, Friday August 8th: Evanston-Kamas
- 6th stage, Saturday August 9th: Salt Lake City-Snowbird
- 7th stage, Sunday August 10th: Park City-Park City

Posted in Tour of Utah

Andrea Vaccher and Ilia Koshevoy in blue-fuchsia-green

Andrea Vaccher and Ilia Koshevoy in blue-fuchsia-green

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA selected two riders that will join, since August the 1st 2014, blue-fuchsia-green roster as trainees: Andrea Vaccher and Ilia Koshevoy.

Andrea Vaccher (in the photo, on the left, wearing the current team jersey) is a rouleur-climber, who was born in 1988, who has three victories in his record: Trofeo Edil C 2014, Coppa Varignana 2011 and Coppa Comune di Collecchio 2009.
In addition, he obtained  many other important results as the second places in Bassano-Montegrappa 2012, in Piccola Sanremo 2013 and in Coppa Varignana 2013.

He’s from Conegliano Veneto (Tv), 168 cm of height and 65 kg of weight, and he can mix grind and experience: these qualities will allow him to live in a good way the experience in LAMPRE-MERIDA, giving his support to the blue-fuchsia-green captains.

During 2014 season, Vaccher is part of the roster of Team Marchiol Emisfero Site.

Races schedule: Tour of Utah (4-10 August), Coppa Bernocchi (16 september), Japan Cup (20 October).

 

Ilia Koshevoy (in the photo, on the right) was born in Minks (Belarus) in 1991.

Since 2011, he’s raced in Italy in Under 23 category, obtaining in the last two seasons important victories: he won Gp Liberazione in 2013 and four races in 2014 (wearing the jersey of Gs Podenzano) that are Coppa Penna, Coppa Martiri Lunatesi, Cronoscalata Gardone Val Trompia-Prati di Caregno and Fossano-Sant’Anna di Vinadio stage of Giro delle Valli Cuneesi.
In 2013 he was Belarusian champion in the points race on track.

After the period as trainees in this season, Koshevoy will become pro in 2015 in LAMPRE-MERIDA.

Races schedule: Tour of Utah (4-10 August), Coppa Bernocchi (16 September), Tre Valli Varesine (18 September).

Posted in Generica

Most recent video from Tour de France

Most recent video from Tour de France

Live a whole stage of Tour de France on LAMPRE-MERIDA’s team car.

This exclusive chance is given you by the most recent video that has been published at the address http://www.teamlampremerida.com/videos/giornata-in-macchina-con-i-nostri-ds-al-tour-de-france-2014/

Posted in Video

LAMPRE-MERIDA in Spain and in Poland

LAMPRE-MERIDA in Spain and in Poland

After the end of Tour de France, in less than one week LAMPRE-MERIDA is going to take part in two World Tour events.

There will be two European races for blue-fuchsia-green team in the weekend: on Saturday August the 2nd, Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian, on Sunday 3rd August, the start of Tour de Pologne (it will end on 9th August).

At the start of Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian, LAMPRE-MERIDA will rely on Davide Cimolai, Kristijan Durasek, Elia Favilli, Nelson Oliveira, Jan Polanc, Maximiliano Richeze, Josè Serpa, Rafael Valls.
Team will be directed by Matxin, who’ll be helped by mechanic Bortoluzzo, masseurs Capelli, Leboso, Redaelli and by doctor Ronchi.

The Basque race could offer to Cimolai, Durasek, Oliveira and Serpa the chance to exploit their condition after the end of Tour de France, relying also on the fighting spirit they showed in the last week of the Grande Boucle.
The course of the race could be suitagle for the four riders, but also for Favilli and Polanc.
Richeze and Valls will race in order to check their health after the injuries that forced them to quit the Tour de France.

In Tour de Pologne will honor blue-fuchsia-green colors these cyclists: Niccolò Bonifazio, Matteo Bono, Mattia Cattaneo, Damiano Cunego, Roberto Ferrari, Sacha Modolo, Manuele Mori and Przemyslaw Niemiec.
Sport director Maini and Marzano will direct the team, receiving the support by masseurs Chiodini, Napolitano and Santerini, by mechanics Possoni, San Emeterio and Viganò and by doctor De Grandi.

Niemiec, Cunego and Cattaneo will be protagonist in the toughest stages, also taking care of the overall classification; Bonifazio, Ferrari and Modolo will fight in the sprints; Bono and Mori will give their experience to coordinate the team during the race.

Posted in Clasica San Sebastian, Tour de Pologne

Serpa attacks in Paris, Horner 17th in the final ranking

Serpa attacks in Paris, Horner 17th in the final ranking

Josè Rodolfo Serpa Perez, the only one Colombian cyclist that is still in Tour de France, once again pointed out what are the two words that characterized the third week of the Grande Boucle for LAMPRE-MERIDA: grind and attack.

The Lion from Bucaramanga was in fact in a breakawayin the final stage of Tour, Evry-Paris (137,5 km), escaping from the bunch when the race approached the roads of the Ville Lumière. Serpa attacked with Porte, Fonseca and Morkov at 30 km to go, leading the race to -11km.
The pace of the peloton raised because of the action of the sprinters’ teams, so the attackers had to give up their attempt: the massive final sprint was won by Kittel on Renshaw, Cimolai was 17th.

Chris Horner succeeded in completing the Tour de France in the top 20, obtaining the 17th position in the overall classification, at 44’31″ to the winner Nibali. This is a good a achievement for a “guy” that in the early days of April was in hospital with broken ribs, a punctured lung and many wounds.

Team manager from LAMPRE-MERIDA, Brent Copeland, commented upon the performance of the blue-fuchsia-green in the Grande Boucle: “In this Tour de France we had not the chance to exploit the value of our main riders Rui Costa and Modolo, who both had to quit the race because of illness.
Except for the bad luck, we’re proud to have always tried, every time there was the occasion, to take advantage of the great exposure that such amazing race offers: in the final week we always raced attacking with Durasek, Serpa and Horner.
For what concerns Chris, three months ago he was in hospital because of serious wounds, today he’s in Paris and he’s among the 20 best cyclists of the French race: we’re very satisfied for him and we’re happy we were part of the amazing show of Tour de France”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Kittel 3h20’50″
2- Kristoff s.t.
3- Navardauskas s.t.
4- Greipel s.t.
5- Renshaw s.t.
17- Cimolai s.t., 37- Horner 9″, 38- Oliveira s.t., 88- Durasek 24″, 89- Serpa s.t.

OVERALL FINAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 89h59’06″
2- Peraud 7’37″
3- Pinot 8’15″
4- Valverde 9’40″
5- Van Garderen 11’24″
17- Horner 44’31″
46- Durasek 2h21’18″, 48- Serpa 2h29’06″, 87- Oliveira 3h30’06″, 163- Cimolai 5h11’58″

Posted in Tour de France

Oliveira in the top 20 of the TT, Horner still 17th in the overall ranking

Oliveira in the top 20 of the TT, Horner still 17th in the overall ranking

The unique time trial in Tour de France 2014 edition returned two verdicts for Team LAMPRE-MERIDA.

The first one is referred to the stage results: Nelson Oliveira covered the 54 km from Bergerac to Perigueux in 1h09’51″ (average speed 46,385 km/h), obtaining the 17th position and joining the list of the best 20 time trialist of the Grande Boucle.
The gap of the Portuguese national champion to the winner of the stage Tony Martin was of 3’30″.

The second important verdict is the confirm by Chris Horner of the 17th place in the overall classification.
Vuelta a Espana 2013 winner  completed the time trial in 83rd position (+7’16″), so he could kept Nieve (18th) at the bay. The 16th place of Feillu could not be approached, it is still at 47″.

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclists covered the time trial course pedaling on their Merida Warp TT (photo), wearing Rear Zipper Carbon Speedsuits by Champion System, Kabuto helmets and Sidi shoes.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Martin 1h06’21″
2- Dumoulin 1’39″
3- Barta 1’47″
4- Nibali 1’58″
5- Konig 2’02″
17- Oliveira 3’30″
48- Serpa 5’48″, 83- Horner 7’16″, 114- Durasek 8’06″, 129- Cimolai 8’56″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 86h37’52″
2- Peraud 7’52″
3- Pinot 8’24″
4- Valverde  9’55″
5- Van Garderen 11’44″
17- Horner 44’46″ 

Posted in Tour de France

Horner avoids crashes and remains in the 17th place

Horner avoids crashes and remains in the 17th place

Chris Horner (photo Bettini) remains in the 17th place in the overall classification of Tour de France. At the end of the 19th stage, 208,5 km from mabourguet val d’Aourt to Bergerac, the American climber from LAMPRE-MERIDA can rely on 2’06″ of advantage on Nieve, who’s 18th: tomorrow he’ll try to manage this advantage in the 54 km time trial stage. Feillu, who precedes Horner in 16th place, as 52″ on LAMPRE-MERIDA’s rider.

In the 19th stage, that took place under intense showers, Horner obtained the 38th place, avoiding to be involved in the crash that occurred just after the -3 km sign and that caused the break of the peloton in several small groups. The crash gave an important help to Navardauskas, who had attacked in the final kilometers and who could in this way reach the arrival for a solo victory.
All the riders that were pedaling in the bunch when it entered in the last 3 km were given a gap of 7″ to Navardauskas: among these cyclists there were also Horner, Cimolai and Durasek.

Huge regret for Cimolai, as he pointed out: “I was in fifth position in the bunch when Sagan crashed. He hit me and I had to stop pedaling: without this crash, I’m sure I would have obtained a top result”.

“Tomorrow time trial is not so suitable for my characteristics, but this doesn’t mean that I won’t give my best – Horner explained -I’ll be at the start with the goal of defending my 17th place. If I will have good feelings, I’ll even try to go closer to Feillu’s 16th place, that is less than 1′ faraway”.

LAMPRE-MERIDA will focus the attention for the time trial on Nelson Oliveira, Portuguese champion of this kind of race.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Navardauskas 4h43’41″
2- Degenkolb 7″
3- Kristoff s.t.
4- Renshaw s.t.
38- Horner s.t.
45- Durasek s.t., 54- Cimolai s.t., 134- Serpa 5’58″, 158- Oliveira 7’57″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 85h29’33″
2- Pinot 7’10″
3- Peraud 7’23″
4- Valverde 7’25″
17- Horner  39’28″

Posted in Tour de France

Horner attacks on Hautacam: he climbs one place in the ranking

Horner attacks on Hautacam: he climbs one place in the ranking

Last climbs in Tour de France: short stage, 145,5 km from Pau to the summit arrival in Hautacam, after having covered the Col du Tourmalet.

The first part of the race was led by a 20 athletes breakaway, without blue-fuchsia-green riders among the attackers.

The bunch did not allow too much freedom to the attackers, so that the top riders could start the final show on the climb to the arrival.
It was Hautacam that gave Chris Horner (photo Bettini) the occasion to join his team mates Serpa and Durasek (in the breakaway that characterized the two previous stages)  in the list of LAMPRE-MERIDA’s fighting cyclists.
The winner of Vuelta a Espana 2013 attacked at 11 km to go escaping from the top riders group and only Nibali could follow his action and the duo pedaled together for one kilometer, before the yellow jersey raised the speed in order to reach the arrival in a solo victory.

Horner, who spent energies in the attack, completed the stage in 19th position and, thanks to this performance, climbs up one place in the overall classification: he’s 17th.

“I was aware that Nibali was willing to win the stage, so his team would have controlled all the breakaways of the first part of the race: it would have been risky to attack before the final climb – Horner explained – That’s why I preferred to wait the Hautacam climb to try my action: only Nibali could be follow me.
Vincenzo is in an amazing condition, it’s very difficult to resist to his pace, but I hoped he could counter attack a little bit closer to the arrival, but actually he did not wait too much”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Nibali 4h04’17″
2- Pinot 1’10″
3- Majka 1’12″
4- Peraud 1’15″
19- Horner 4’40″
54- Durasek 19’01″, 71- Oliveira 21’45″, 116- Serpa 31’01″, 164- Cimolai 32’14″ 

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 80h45’45″
2- Pinot 7’10″
3- Peraud 7’23″
4- Valverde 7’25″
17- Horner  39’28″

Posted in Tour de France

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