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LAMPRE-MERIDA in China with Rui, Pozzato and Xu Gang

LAMPRE-MERIDA in China with Rui, Pozzato and Xu Gang

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s Xu Gang will join Cheng Ji (Giant-Shimano) as the Chinese riders leading the charge at the fourth edition of the Tour of Beijing with the final race on the UCI’s WorldTour calendar getting underway on Friday 10th October.
Xu (photo Bettini) is a four-time Chinese road champion, and won the overall title at the Tour of the South China Sea in 2008. The 30-year-old has also ridden the last two editions of the Tour of Beijing and is hungry for success.
Xu said he is looking forward to once again promoting cycling to front of Chinese fans at this year’s race.

“The Tour of Beijing is one of my last races for the 2014 season, a season which has been fantastic and brought me huge amount of professional satisfaction since I started my professional career in a World Tour team – Xu said -  For me it is a great honor to race in China in a WorldTour race and hope to increase the amount of Chinese fans for me and my Italian team”.

Riding alongside Xu for Beijing will be 2013 world champion Rui Costa.
It would be very satisfying to end the season obtaining a joy in Tour of Beijing – Rui said -  Last year my aim was to honour the rainbow jersey on Chinese roads, but this year too I’d like to aim to top results. The course is interesting and there are two stages that could be suitable for me. LAMPRE-MERIDA’s selection is very competitive, that’s why I’m sure our fans will have a good time supporting us!”.

In what is being billed as the toughest Tour of Beijing to date, Lampre-Merida has assembled a squad more than capable of answering any questions the challenging parcours asks of them.  Italian’s Filippo Pozzato, Sacha Modolo will join Argentine Maximiliano Richeze as the spearheads of the Lampre-Merida attack for the sprint finishes. On the mountainous stages, Costa can rely on support from Xu, Nelson Oliveira, Rafael Valls and up-and-comer Jan Polanc.

“The course of the stages of 2014 edition will give the opportunity to many riders to fight for the final victory of the Chinese race – sport director Matxin explained -  The opening stage and the second one will be suitable for sprinters, but in the 3rd stage the battle for the top classification positions will begin. The 4th stage will be the queen one and the winner of the overall classification will be designated: he’ll be honoured in the final day in Beijing”.

“LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclists will have the qualities to battle in the classification and for the stages successes: Rui Costa, Oliveira, Polanc and Valls are in a good condition and the course seems to be suitable for them. Modolo, Richeze and Pozzato will target the fastest stages.We’ll count on Xu Gang grind to give our best” Matxin added.

The 2014 Tour of Beijing will be held from Friday 10th to Tuesday 14th of October as the last event on the UCI WorldTour calendar. The five day, 764.5 kilometre route provides for opportunistic racing and takes in breathtaking views of the Great Wall, Beijing’s mountain terrain and embraces key tourism attractions such as Tiananmen Square and the Bird’s Nest.

Posted in Tour of Beijing

Rui Costa leader of LAMPRE-MERIDA on the Italian roads

Rui Costa leader of LAMPRE-MERIDA on the Italian roads

LAMPRE-MERIDA will count on an international selection for trying to be protagonist in Il Lombardia, hometown race for the blue-fuchsia-green team.

Six Nations (Croatia, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain), one purpose: to be in the head positions in the second to last appointment of the World Tour circuit.
These are the cyclists that have been selected for Il Lombardia: Matteo Bono, Valerio Conti, Kristijan Durasek, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Nelson Oliveira, Jan Polanc, Rui Costa e Rafael Valls.
The team will be directed by Orlando Maini, in the staff there will be mechanics Posoni, Romanò and Viganò, the masseurs Capelli, Della Torre and Redaelli, the team doctor Beltemacchi and the driver Bozzolo.

Il Lombardia 2014 will start in Como, the finish line will be in Bergamo after 254 km of race. The climbs will be the following: Madonna del Ghisallo, Colle dei Pasta, Colle Gallo, Ganda, Bracca, Berbenno and Bergamo Alta.

The final part of the course will be open to more solutions than in the past editions of Il Lombardia – sport director Maini explained – The altitude difference of the final sector of the course is notable, but there will be also space for recovering energies. Considering these characteristics, I think that an attack of a group of riders could solve the race: it will be important for us to be in the head part of the bunch with more riders as possible.
I think that our cyclists have the necessary skills to approach the race in the proper way, so we’ll start from Como with ambitions“.

In order to study the new course of Il Lombardia, on Friday October the 3rd, in the morning, sport director Maini and Rui Costa, Oliveira, Niemiec and Bono will perform a recon on the final part of the race: 80 km from the Ganda to Bergamo.
At the end of the training, blue-fuchsia-green cyclists will move to Relais la California in Nibionno (www.relaislacalifornia.it).

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LAMPRE-MERIDA will be hosted in Relais la California

LAMPRE-MERIDA will be hosted in Relais la California

Posted in Giro di Lombardia

(Italiano) Notte Europea dei Ricercatori: anche la LAMPRE-MERIDA presente

(Italiano) Notte Europea dei Ricercatori: anche la LAMPRE-MERIDA presente

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Good job, Nelson: Oliveira 7th in the world championships time trial

Good job, Nelson: Oliveira 7th in the world championships time trial

LAMPRE-MERIDA in the top ten of the of the time trial specialists thanks to Nelson Oliveira (photo Bettini).
The Portuguese champion obtained the 7th position on the 47,1 km course in Ponferrada.

Pedaling on his Merida Warp TT, Oliveira recorded the time of 57’46″.

The rainbow jersey was won by Wiggins, whose performance was 1’21″ lower than Oliveira’s one.

For LAMPRE-MERIDA, Anacona too took part in the race, but his performance was less competitive than his team mate’s one: he was 46th (1h00’26″).

Anacona will compete in the road race too, that will take place on Sunday, and also Oliveira could be probably at the start.

STANDING
1- Wiggins 56’25″
2- Martin 26″
3- Dumoulin 40″
4- Kiryienka 47″
7- Oliveira 1’21″

Posted in Campionati Mondiali 2014 Ponferrada

(Italiano) Trofeo Lampre, festa della velocità: Mareczko brucia Marini

(Italiano) Trofeo Lampre, festa della velocità: Mareczko brucia Marini

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LAMPRE-MERIDA 15th, despite a problem for Cattaneo

LAMPRE-MERIDA 15th, despite a problem for Cattaneo

The six cyclists from LAMPRE-MERIDA were realizing a good performance in the team time trial world championship in Ponferrada (51,7 km) when they had to face a sudden hitch.

Mattia Cattaneo, probably the key rider of the blue-fuchsia-green team, had to quit the race at the 22nd kilometer because of a kidney colic.
The team directed by the duo Matxin-Vicino could react in a proper way, but it was not possible to do better than the 15th performance: LAMPRE-MERIDA (photo Bettini) recorded the time of 1h05’59″, average time of 51,992 km/h, 2’30″ more than BMC that won the race.

The withdrawal by Cattaneo in the first half of the race influenced our performance, especially considering that he was our key rider and that we were pedaling on a time that was close to the 10th position - sport director Matxin said - Without Mattia, each of the five remaining riders had to pedal longer in the head position, spending more energies. 
In addition, when Ferrari completed his effort in leading the team mates in the approach if the final climb, we had to pay maximum attention in being united and in reaching the arrival all togheter, since there were four riders left.

All the team members were great in facing this unexpected event and we could obtain a fair result, considering the problem that occurred“.

Posted in Campionati Mondiali 2014 Ponferrada

National selections: seven riders from LAMPRE-MERIDA in Ponferrada

National selections: seven riders from LAMPRE-MERIDA in Ponferrada

Seven riders from LAMPRE-MERIDA will race on Ponferrada roads for the world championships (28 September – road race, 24 September – invididual time trial) and at the start of the rainbow race there will be Rui Costa too.

The world champion and the team mates will wear the jerseys of six different Countries:
- Maximiliano Richeze (Argentina)
- Winner Anacona (Colombia)
- Kristijan Durasek (Croatia)
- Przemyslaw Niemiec (Poland)
- Rui Costa, Nelson Oliveira (Portugal)
- Jan Polanc (Slovenia)

Twelve months after his victory in Florence, Rui Costa will face the world championship at the end of the season during which he always raced as a strong champion.
Together with Rui, in Portuguese team there will be the national champion for road and time trial, Nelson Oliveira, who will took part in both disciplines.

Double participation in road and time trial race for Anacona too.
Niemiec will race again on Spanish roads some weeks after he conquered in Vuelta a beautiful victory in the Lagos de Covadonga stage.

Maximiliano Richeze too raced in Vuelta and he’s going to wear the Argentinian jersey in Ponferrada; Durasek and Polanc, on the contrary, will approach the world championship after having taken part in Gp Quebec, Gp Montreal and Tre Valli Varesine.

Posted in Campionati Mondiali 2014 Ponferrada

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s selection for the TTT

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s selection for the TTT

The technical staff of LAMPRE-MERIDA selected the 6 riders that will try to honor the world championship team time trial.

The sport director Matxin will count on Winner Anacona, Mattia Cattaneo, Roberto Ferrari, Nelson Oliveira, Josè Serpa Perez and Rafael Valls.

The blue-fuchsia-green six men will represent four Countries: Italy, Colombia, Portugal and Spain.

The team time trial (photo Bettini) is scheduled on Sunday 21 September on a 57,1 km course in Ponferrada: LAMPRE-MERIDA’s target is to do better than the 17th place in Florence 2013.

Posted in Campionati Mondiali 2014 Ponferrada

Demanding race and third place for Pozzato in Varese

Demanding race and third place for Pozzato in Varese

Tre Valli Varesine, the final act of the Trittico Lombardo, gave Filippo Pozzato the third position, just behind Albasini (1st) and .

The race started in Luino and finished in Varese after 199,9 km, the last 80 km were covered on a circuit that was similar to the one of the 2008 world championship.

After some attempts, 6 riders could escape from the bunch, but their advantage was limited under 3′, so their action was easily neutralized.
At 70 km to go, a new breakaway allowed 7 cyclists to led the race for 45 km, when the bunch reacted.
The key attack was performed by 11 athletes at 25 km to the arrival and Durasek and Pozzato were members of this action that could reach the arrival.
In the restricted sprint (photo Bettini), Pozzato did not succeed in recovering Albasini and Colbrelli who had anticipated their move.

I’m satisfied for the performance of the team, our riders moved in a perfect way and we succeeded in having the two best riders in the key action that characterized the final kilometers - sport director Righi explained - Durasek was great in supporting Filippo in view of the sprint, but Albasini demonstrated to be the strongest.

In the Trittico Lombardo we were on all the three places of the podium, so I can adfirm that these days have been good for LAMPRE-MERIDA“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Albasini
2- Colbrelli s.t.
3- Pozzato s.t.
4- Rebellin s.t.
7- Durasek 4″

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