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Three in the top 10 for LAMPRE-MERIDA: Palini, Bonifazio and Ferrari

Three in the top 10 for LAMPRE-MERIDA: Palini, Bonifazio and Ferrari

A bunch of blue-fuchsia-green jerseys in the head positions of the peloton in the massive sprint at the end of the 1st stage of Tour of Hainan (Chenmgai-Chenmgai, 85,4 km), but the victory went to Moreno Hofland (Belkin).

LAMPRE-MERIDA could not win, but it ruled the race standing thanks to the second place of Palini (2nd), Bonifazio (4th) and Ferrari (6th).

At the end of a very short stage, Chenmgai arrival offered to Palini (photo Bettini) the opportunity for a payback on Hofland, who had preceded him twice in Tour of Utah: unfortunately, also in China the values was kept and Palini was second behind the Dutch rider.

It was not simple to be competitive in a such short stage, after a very long journey to reach Hainan – Palini explained – The sprint was open to many riders, I tried to follow Hofland but I could not overtake him.

Belkin is a very good team, but LAMPRE-MERIDA is even better and we’ll hit for sure the target“.

STAGE RESULTS

1- Hofland 1h56’30″

2- Palini s.t.

3- Rybin s.t.

4- Bonifazio s.t.

5- Brown s.t.

6- Ferrari s.t., 21- Mori s.t., 95- Bono s.t., 98- Xu s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1- Hofland 1h56’20″

2- Palini 4″

3- Rybin 6″

4- Hernandez s.t.

5- Asadov 7″

Posted in Tour of Hainan

Active youth: Conti 6th and Polanc 9th in Utsonomiya

Active youth: Conti 6th and Polanc 9th in Utsonomiya

LAMPRE-MERIDA could not enrich the good tradition in Japan Cup, anyway it was able to be in the top ten of the race with two riders that will be the key cyclists of the team in the future: Conti, 6th, and Polanc 9th.

The race was selective as usual and a group of 15 athletes was leading the race in the last lap of the course (total of 153,1 km), whose members were Conti and Polanc too.
Conti tried to prolongate the fantastic moment in this final part of the season, adding another success to the one he had obtained in Gp Beghelli, but in the final sprint (photo) he was 6th.
The race was won by Nathan Haas on Boasson Hagen and Bole.

“Two riders in the top ten is a good balance, especially considering that many opponents were really in a good condition since they were coming from Tour of Beijing – sport director Vicino explained – We were aware that Conti and Polanc were the most competitive cyclists of our team and the race confirmed this. Conti tried to make his best in the sprint, but there were faster and more expert riders against him, despite he received a very good support by Polanc”.

Japan Cup was Cunego’s last race in LAMPRE-MERIDA at the end of ten seasons.

RACE RESULTS
1- Haas
2- Boasson Hagen s.t.
3- Bole s.t.
4- Valgren s.t.
5- Arredondo s.t.
6- Conti s.t.
7- Formolo s.t.
8- Moser s.t.
9- Polanc 5″, 26- Cunego 1’02″, 34- Favilli 3’55″, Vaccher dnf

Posted in Japan Cup

Prolongation of the contract of Rafael Valls

Prolongation of the contract of Rafael Valls

The 2014 season had not begun in a good way for Rafael Valls, who was forced to a stop after onyl three days in blue-fuchsia-green because of a fractured ribs that had been caused by a crash in Tour Down Under.

Training with intensity, the Spanish climber could react and recover fast, so he was able to live another start of his experience in Team LAMPRE-MERIDA, improving the team of the manager Copeland by a series of high level performances.

Valls was a reliable cyclists and he always completed the tasks the team assigned him, especially on the climbs: his contribution was fundamental for the victory of Rui Costa in the Tour de Suisse.

With the aim of keeping the solidity of the group of riders that are asked to support the team’s captains, LAMPRE-MERIDA strongly wanted to confirm to Valls its trust by the prolongation of the contract to 2015.

Rafael Valls Ferri was born in Cocentaina in 1987. During six seasons in pro cycling he obtained one victory in Tour de San Luis 2012 in the stage with arrival in Mirador del Potrero.

In photo (Bettini), forcing by Valls, who’s followed by Rui Costa.

Posted in Generica

Conti 9th in the short Nipponic kermesse

Conti 9th in the short Nipponic kermesse

In Utsonomiya, Team LAMPRE-MERIDA obtained a place in the top ten of Japan Cup Criterium, a short kermesse that is a foretaste of the main race that will take place on Sunday,

A group sprint ended the race (35,65 km, 23 laps of a 1,55 km circuit) and Sutton obtained the victory, while Conti was 9th.
As sport director Vicino explained, Favilli was meant to be the captain for the sprint, but he could not be in the head positions of the group, so Conti had the opportunity to battle for a good result.

In photo, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s parade on Utsonomiya roads.

Posted in Japan Cup

Oliveira and LAMPRE-MERIDA: still together in 2015

Oliveira and LAMPRE-MERIDA: still together in 2015

LAMPRE-MERIDA will continue to be the proud holder of two Portuguese champion jerseys (road and time trial) thanks to the prolongation of the deal with Nelson Oliveira (photo Bettini).
The Portuguese cyclist signed an agreement with blue-fuchsia-green team for 2015 season.

Guardian angel of Rui Costa in many races during the year, Oliveira could enrich the 2014 obtaining an amazing double in the national championship.
His season had another highlight during Ponferrada world championships, when he obtained the final 7th place in the time trial after having led the classification for long.

Twenty-five years old, pro since 2010, in his career Oliveira won two time trial Portuguese title, one national road championships and one Portuguese Under 23 time trial title.
All these results suggest that Nelson’s skills are good enough for reaching a top level thanks to a gradual improvement.

I’m very happy to have signed the prolongation of the contract for the next year – Oliveira said – When you really enjoy to race in a team, your aim is to go on to be part of it: my ambition was to continue to be a blue-fuchsia-green cyclist, so I’m satisfied that LAMPRE-MERIDA decided I could be part of the 2015 roster.
I will work hard to accomplish my goals and the ones of the team“.

Posted in Generica

LAMPRE-MERIDA in Japan for a traditional appointment

LAMPRE-MERIDA in Japan for a traditional appointment

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA selection has landed in Japan in order to take part in Japan Cup (19 October).

The blue-fuchsia-green team has a long tradition of participations in the Japanese race and also a long list of victories (thanks to Codol, Barbero, Simoni and Cunego).

In the selection for the Oriental event there are the following riders: Valerio Conti, Damiano Cunego, Elia Favilli, Jan Polanc and the trainee Andrea Vaccher.
The team will be directed by Bruno Vicino, who’ll receive the support by the mechanic Bortoluzzo and the masseur Del Gallo.

Japan Cup will take place on Sunday the 19th October (Japan time, +9 GMT: 10 am-2 pm) on a 151,3 km course in Utsonomiya.
As foretaste of the race, the riders will pedal on the course in the morning for a free rider with amateurs and, in the afternoon, they’ll take part in the Japan Cup Criterium.

Usually, the course is selective, so those riders that still have energies to use will realize good performances – sport director Vicino explained – Moreover, all the cyclists in our team will be very motivated, each one for a reason: Conti will reach Japan afer having obtained his first career victory, Cunego will try to honor his last race in the team, Favilli and Polanc both know the course could be suitable for them, Vaccher wants to repeat the good performance he had realized in Tour of Utah“.

In Japan Cup, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclists will wear special jerseys that are customized with the logo of the company Shukoh, partner that have been supporting the team in Japanese events in these years.

Posted in Japan Cup

Debut for LAMPRE-MERIDA on the Chinese island

Debut for LAMPRE-MERIDA on the Chinese island

LAMPRE-MERIDA will extend its experiences in the world, racing for the first time in its history on the Chinese island of Hainan.

The blue-fuchsia-green team will take part in the stages race Tour of Hainan (category 2.hc) from the 20th to the 28th of October: 9 stages, most of them suitable for sprinters, that LAMPRE-MERIDA will face counting on Niccolò Bonifazio, Matteo Bono Roberto Ferrari, Manuele Mori, Andrea Palini and Xu Gang.
Simone Pedrazzini will direct the team and he’ll receive the support by the mechanics Coelho and Romanò, by the masseurs Capelli and Napolitano and by the doctor Pollastri.

Hainan is an island located in the South China Sea and recently became a touristic location thanks to the good climate.

Our targets for Hainan will be to honor the debut in this race and to gave satisfactions to our Asian sponsors that support us with a huge passion – sport director Pedrazini – The course will offer to the sprinters many opportunities, so we’ll try to exploit the most the qualities of Bonifazio, Ferrari and Palini.
Mori and Xu Gang will be our leader for the overall classification, Bono will have the responsability to coordinate the team in the bunch“.

Posted in Tour of Hainan

Talented and young: Pibernik will wear blue-fuchsia-green colors

Talented and young: Pibernik will wear blue-fuchsia-green colors

A young talented cyclist chose LAMPRE-MERIDA for his first step into the World Tour.
Luka Pibernik, 20 years old from Slovenia, will join the blue-fuchsia-green team after having signed a two years agreement.

His skills as rouleur and the confidence on mixed courses gave Pibernik the opportunity to obtain in his young career (2012, 2013 2014 seasons in team Radenska, Continental Slovenian team that is directed by former Lampre’s cyclist Andrej Hauptman) the 2013 Slovenian National title as pro.

In Team LAMPRE-MERIDA, he’ll join Jan Polanc, who was his team mate in Radenska in 2012 season and in the first part of 2013. They’ll be part of a group of young talents that will enrich the group of the team manager Brent Copeland.

“The goal for 2015 is to balance the experience and the youthness of the team roster – team manager Copeland said – Our sport directors will count on a group of young cyclists that have already demonstrated their bery interesting skills: it will be important to be able to give them the necessary chances and to allow them to improve gradually their qualities.
Pibernik is a natural talent and thanks to his firmness he has beenalready able to be protagonist in important races.
In 2014 he could not hit top targets because of some physical vicissitudes, but he0s now ready to face the next season with enthusiasm”.

Posted in Generica

Modolo is a rocket in Beijing, 8th seasonal victory

Modolo is a rocket in Beijing, 8th seasonal victory

It’s a rich final part of the season for LAMPRE-MERIDA that, few days after the success by Conti in Gp Beghelli, obtained the 23rd victory in 2014 thanks to an amazing sprint by Sacha Modolo in the final stage of Tour of Beijing.

At the end of the 117 km from Tiananmen Square to Bird’s Nest Piazza, the Italian rider turned into a victory the perfect job LAMPRE-MERIDA did to support him, preceding in the sprint Henderson, Boasson Hagen, Farrar and Hofland (photo).

This is the eight seasonal success for Modolo (the previous one was the 5th stage of Tour de Suisse) and now the amount of victories for LAMPRE-MERIDA in 2014 is 23.
It’s so good to end the season winning the last race – Modolo said – My team mates and me tried hard to obtain this success and so it’s even more satisfying having got it.
After the victory in Tour de Suisse, I lived a bad period mainly because some health problems, but with the help and the support by the team I could hang in.
I’m happy to have given to the team and to the sponsors a good morning!“.

Rui Costa too achieved an important result, finishing the Chinese race in the 4th position of the overall classification. This is an evidence of the high level season the Portuguese rider performed, competing always at the top starting in Tour of Dubai (5-8 February) to the final race in Beijing.

Very good performance in Tour of Beijing by Xu Gang, who gave his constant support to the team and contributed to today success by Modolo.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Modolo 2h40’10″
2- Henderson s.t.
3- Boasson Hagen s.t.
4- Farrar s.t.
5- Hofland s.t.
38- Rui Costa s.t., 72- Polanc s.t., 75- Xu s.t., 95- Valls 26″, 108- Richeze 39″, 110- Pozzato 54″

FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Gilbert 17h59’57″
2- Martin 3″
3- Chaves 9″
4- Rui Costa 11″
5- Chermetckii 23″
56- Xu 11’16″, 64- Pozzato 15’15″, 74- Polanc 20’03″, 83- Valls 21’32″, 86- Modolo 23’45″, 108- Richeze 39’51″

Posted in Tour of Beijing

Rui is protagonist but for two seconds he’s out of the podium

Rui is protagonist but for two seconds he’s out of the podium

In the 4th stage of Tour of Beijing (Yanqing-Mentougou, 157 km) Rui Costa was as usual combative and protagonist , but he could no do the winning move in the very interesting final kilometer of the course.

In the queen stage of the Chinese race (6 Kom and the summit arrival), an attack by Daniel Martin at 600 meters to go broke the rythm. Chaves followed him immediately, Rui Costa was chasing few meters behind and he could gruadally shorten the gap, but not enough to complete the recovery.
Martin won the stage, second place for Chaves and third position for Gilbert, who overtook LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclist on the finish line.

When there’s only the flat stage in Beijing left to cover, the overall classification is led by Gilbert and Rui Costa was dropped by the podium by Chaves for only 2″.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Martin 4h12’14″
2- Chaves 2″
3- Gilbert s.t.
4- Rui Costa s.t.
5- Arredondo 10″
29- Polanc 1’30″, 69- Xu 10’30″, 80- Pozzato 13’13″, 81- Valls s.t., 103- Richeze 18’46″, 107- Modolo s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Gilbert 15h19’47″
2- Martin 3″
3- Chaves 9″
4- Rui Costa 11″
5- Chernetckii 23″

Posted in Tour of Beijing

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