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Ulissi in the breakaway, but the attack did not reach the arrival

Ulissi in the breakaway, but the attack did not reach the arrival

As it had often happened during the Giro d’Italia, at least one rider of the Team LAMPRE-MERIDA was in the main breakaway of the day.

After 34 km in the 19th stage (236 km from Gravellona Toce to the summit arrival in Cervinia) which were covered at a very fast pace (50 km/h of average speed in the first hour of the race), Diego Ulissi and other 8 riders succeded in escaping from the bunch.
Unfortunately for the winner of Fiuggi stage, the cooperation between the attackers got broken on the first Kom climb of Saint-Barthélemy (1st category, 69 km to go), so Ulissi set his own pace and he was reached by the peloton.

The stage was won by Aru, who preceded Hesjedal (Polanc, 40th, was the first LAMPRE-MERIDA’s athlete who reach the arrival); Contador is still leader of the overall classification.

It was very difficult to be in the main breakaway, because the early kilometers were covered at a very high speed – Ulissi (photo Bettini) explained – After such efforts, on the first climb of the stage the breakaway, some attacks began in our breakaway group, so there were not any more the necessary conditions which could have granted to the breakaway to try to reach the arrival, also in consideration of the fact that the bunch was pedaling on a regular and quite high speed.
I would have liked to exploit the reamining energies to give more satisfactions to the team, so I tried hard but today it was not possible“.

Przemyslaw Niemiec, as his team mates, was very active in the realy kilometers in trying to join a breakaway: “I made many attack attempts, but none of them was succesful.
The three climbs of today stage were suitable for me, so it would have been great for me to be in the head of the race. Unfortunately, I missed the best attack, but at that point I had already spent many energies“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Aru 6h24’13”
2- Hesjedal 28″
3- Uran 1’10”
4-Kangert 1’18”
5- Kruijswijk s.t.
40- Polanc 18’58”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Contador 78h48’40”
2- Aru 4’37”
3- Landa 5’15”
4- Amador 8’10”
5- Konig 10’47”
40- Niemiec 2h19’36”

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Ferrari in the breakaway and involved in a crash

Ferrari in the breakaway and involved in a crash

Just minutes to receive the congratulations for the victory of Modolo in Lugano and the 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia became exciting thanks to a bunch of escape attempts.

The early kilometers of the Melide-Verbania (170 km) were characterized by a series of attacks and the LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclists were protagonists in some of them.
The blue-fuchsia-green athletes tried by turns to escape, but the peloton opposition was won only after 45 km by 14 riders, among which there was Roberto Ferrari (photo Bettini) too.Unfortunately, the Italian sprinter got involved in the crash that forced Cunego to quit the Giro: Ferrari was dropped from the breakaway and he got caught by the bunch.

Gilberto won the stage thanks to an attack from the breakaway while he was on the donwhill of the only one Kom of the day (Monte Ologno, 35 km to go).
The first rider from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA to reach the arrival was Diego Ulissi, 38th.

The early kilometers were full of attacks, but the pace in the bunch was too high to consent the riders to escape – sport director Orlando Maini explained – The mandate we had given to our athletes was to try to be in the breakaways, that’s why they tried hard to fight inthe front positions of the group.

Only after 45 km in the race, on a short hill on naoorw road, a group off riders with Ferrari could escape.
Roberto was very unlucky: he suffered bruises and abrasions on the left gluteus and thigh.

The next two stages will be very demanding, we are aware that, if we want to be again protagonists, we must try to attack, managing the residual energies”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Gilbert 4h04’14”
2- Bongiorno 47″
3- Chavanel 1’01”
4- Busato s.t.
5- Moinard s.t.
38- Ulissi 14’45”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Contador 72h23’09”
2- Landa 5’15”
3- Aru 6’05”
4- Amador 7’01”
5- Trofimov 9’40”
34- Niemiec 1h36’07”

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Modolo, you’re like a hurricane: second victory in Lugano

Modolo, you’re like a hurricane: second victory in Lugano

Lugano is a winning battlefield for the Team LAMPRE-MERIDA.
After that Bonifazio had won in March the Gp Lugano, today Modolo obtained in Lugano the success of the 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia (Tirano-Lugano, 134 km).

Exploiting the help of the lead-out train composed of Ferrari and Richeze, the Italian sprinter performed a perfect sprint which allowed him to precede Nizzolo, Mezgec and Haussler.
This is the second victory for Modolo in the Giro d’Italia, the 4th for LAMPRE-MERIDA in the 2015 edition.

Modolo explained that: “The arrival was more demanding than the one in Jesolo, I prefer this kind of course, so I could realize a very impressive sprint. 

Yesterday I suffer as all the other sprinters did, but today I had good feelings, especcially on the Croce di Menaggio climb, at 30 km to go, I notice that I was more brilliant than my opponents: this thing gave me even more energies and I was very determined to exploit in the best way the support which Ferrari and Richeze gave me once again.

In the downhill to Lugano, we were not in the front of the bunch, but we knew that the other teams could not organize a lead-out train as our one, so we succeded in taking the head positions when we reach the lake shore and there Ferrari and Richeze started their action.
I only focused my attention on starting the sprint in the best moment.

I’m very happy for me, my team mates and the sponsors and I’m proud because we’ve been working hard on improving the lead-out train feeling for monthes and now it works perfectly“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Modolo 30h07’51”
2- Nizzolo s.t.
4- Mezgec s.t.
4- Haussler s.t.
5- Appollonio s.t.
12- Richeze s.t, 22- Mori s.t., 42- Ferrari 12″, 71- Niemiec 47″, 90- Polanc 1’02”, 91- Ulissi s.t., 155- Grmay 7’31”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Contador 68h12’50”
2- Landa 4’02”
3- Aru 4’52”
4- Amador 5’48”
5- Trofimov 8’27”
31- Niemiec 1h20’15”

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Niemiec attacks, Xu fights but quits the Pink Race

Niemiec attacks, Xu fights but quits the Pink Race

The demanding start of the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia did not muffle the fighting spirit of Przemyslaw Niemiec, who attacked onced again, even if without luck.

The early 13,3 km of the race were rising to the summit of the Kom of Campo Carlo Magno, after which the riders covered 16 km of downhill before approaching the Passo del Tonale climb, where Niemiec (photo Bettini) escaped from the bunch with 10 attackers.
Unfortunately, the group decided to chase the breakaway, who had a maximum advantage of 2′, gap which caused the neutralization of the attackers’ action before the passage on the Mortirolo.
Niemiec preferred to save energies, completing the stage in 29th position.

“The early kilometers of the stage was very demanding, because of the climb and because of the cold and the rain – Niemiec explained – The first selection was natural, then the battle began and I focused my attention on joining a good attack attempt. I succeded in joining a ten riders breakaway but, as already happened on Sunday, the bunch did not give us too much freedom”.

The LAMPRE-MERIDA will start tomorrow from Tirano without Xu Gang.
The Chinese rider did not complete today stage, suffering for a bad day: the blue-fuchsia-green team thank Xu for his support and his generous behaviour during the Giro d’Italia.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Landa 5h02’51”
2- Kruijswijk 38″
3- Contador s.t.
4- Trofimov 3’02”
5- Amador s.t.
29- Niemiec 22’08”, 71- Grmay 31’37”, 107- Mori 33’07”, 108- Ulissi s.t., 134- Polanc 38’16”, 149- Modolo 38’19”, 151- Richeze s.t., 162- Ferrari s.t., Xu dnf.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Contador 65h04’59”
2- Landa 4’02”
3- Aru 4’52”
4- Amador 5’48”
5- Trofimov 8’27”
31- Niemiec 1h19’28”

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Niemiec fought in the early part of the stage

Niemiec fought in the early part of the stage

In the 15th stage, 165 km from Marostica to the summit arrival in Madonna di Campiglio with the climbs of La Fricca and of the Passo Daone, the Team LAMPRE-MERIDA counted on Przemyslaw Niemiec’s vivacity.
The Polish rider was very dynamic in the early part of the stage, joining various escape attempts.

In theory, today stage could have been suitable for a breakaway, that’s why my target was to be present in the escape attempts in the early part of the course – Niemiec (photo Bettini)explained – I tried 5 times to attack, unfortunately the bunch did not leave space to the attempts. The evolution of the stage was not positive for the attackers.

Tomorrow, in the rest day, I’ll recover energies in order to be ready for the last week of the race“.

The other cyclists from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA did not realize remarkable actions: in the next 6 stages they are waited to be protagonists as they’ve been until now.

The team manager Brent Copeland pointed out that “Niemiec was very active in the first part of the course, he tried hard to escape but he could not do the decisive action. Anyway, it’s important to highlight that the rest of the stage became unsuitable for the attackers, so our riders saved energies because they want to liven up the race“.

The stage was won by Landa on Trofimov and Contador, who retained the pink jersey. Niemiec crossed the finish line in 30th position (+7’50”).

STAGE RESULTS
1- Landa 4h22’35”
2- Trofimov 2″
3- Contador 5″
4- Aru 6″
5- Kruijswijk 38″
30- Niemiec 7’50”
100- Xu 27’04”, 103- Ulissi 27’33”, 104- Mori s.t., 113- Grmay 31’38”, 120- Polanc s.t., 155- Ferrari s.t., 165- Modolo s.t., 173- Richeze 32’57”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Contador 60h01’34”
2- Aru 2’35”
3- Amador 4’19”
4- Landa 4’46”
5- Konig 6’36”
33- Niemiec 57’54”

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Bonifazio, impressive sprint in Tokyo

Bonifazio, impressive sprint in Tokyo

The Tour of Japan is once again ruled by the LAMPRE-MERIDA, thanks to the victory of Niccolò Bonifazio in the massive sprint in the last stage.

Tokyo is the scenery of the success of the young Italian sprint, as it happened 12 months ago: on the roads of the Japanese capital city, Bonifazio preceded Jones, Marini and Shpilevky, obtaining the 8th victory in his career, the second one in 2015 (13th victory in the season for LAMPRE-MERIDA).

The travel to Japan of the blue-fuchsia-green team, which was directed by Bruno Vicino, has been enriched by 2 victories, one second place and one third place obtained by Pibernik, by the final young riders classification won by Ilia Koshevoy and by the points standing which was won by Conti. Feng was 2nd in the Kom ranking.
In the overall classification, Koshevoy succeded in maintain a place in the top 10: he’s 10th at 2’38” to the winner Poorseyedigolakhour.

The sprint was complicated, because of three crashed which occurred in the last kilometers – Bonifazio explained – My legs were very good, so I really wanted to exploit this form to obtain the top result: my mates helped me in avoiding the crashes and I succeded in performing a perfect sprint.
I’m very happy, my last victory occurred in March in Gp Lugano, so it was time to win again“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Bonifazio
2- Jones s.t.
3- Marini s.t.
4- Shpilevsky s.t.
5- Kuroeda s.t.

OVERALL FINAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Poorseyedigolakhour 16h17’53”
2- Emami 24″
3- Askari 52″
4- Zargari 53″
5- Mancebo 1’02”
10- Koshevoy 2’38”
15- Pibernik 3’59”, 21- Conti 7’14”, 48- Mario Costa 30’32”, 55- Bonifazio 35’46”, 59- Feng 38’42”

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Wet time trial: Ulissi 36th in Valdobbiadene

Wet time trial: Ulissi 36th in Valdobbiadene

After the blue-fuchsia-green joy in Jesolo, thanks to the victory of Sacha Modolo which completed an impressive trio of successes for the LAMPRE-MERIDA, at the Giro d’Italia today was the time trial day.

In the rain, the cyclists (in photo Bettini, the African and Ethiopian champion Tsgabu Grmay) covered 59,4 km from Treviso to Valdobbiadene: the first part of the course was flat, but the road was lightly rising to the 4th category Kom in San Pietro di Feletto (35,1 km in the race) and it became wavy in the second half.

Considering the energies that had been exploited in the past stages for obtaining the three victories and with the next stages as next targets, the LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclists did not draw excessive energies from their legs: Ulissi was the best blue-fuchsia-rider, covering the course in 1h21’19” (average speed 43,829 km/h), 3’27” higher than the performance of the winner Kiryienka.

Contador claimed back the pink jersey, Niemiec is 36th.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Kiryienka 1h17’52”
2- Sanchez 12″
3- Contador 14″
4- Gretsch 23″
5- Kruijswijk 1’09”
36- Ulissi 3’27”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Contador 55h39’00”
2- Aru 2’28”
3- Amador 3’36”
4- Uran 4’14”
5- Van den Broeck 4’17”
36- Niemiec 50’03”

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Magic LAMPRE-MERIDA: double thanks to Conti and Pibernik

Magic LAMPRE-MERIDA: double thanks to Conti and Pibernik

The magic moment of the LAMPRE-MERIDA continues in Asia too, thanks to an impressive double obtained by Conti and Pibernik, 1st and 2ns in the queen stage of the Tour of Japan.

The young Italian climber (photo www.toj.co.jp), at his second victory in his career, won on the Izu circuit, 12,2 km to be covered 10 times.
His attack was well covered by the team mate Pibernik, who succeded to obtain the 2nd place in the sprint of the first chasing group.

The LAMPRE-MERIDA celebrates the double, the points classification leadership of Conti and the white jersey of Koshevoy, who’s also 10th in the overall classification.
This is the 12th seasonal victory for the blue-fuchsia-green team.

The stage was very demanding, so the victory and the performance by the whole team is very speciale – Conti explained – We were always protagonist, Feng and Mario Costa joined the first attack of the race and, when the action was neutralized, Koshevoy, Pibernik and me succeded in being in the head group.
Lap after lap, the group was selected and at 20 km to go I decided to attack: two riders were with me but, when it seemed that our attack was over, I attacked again and this was the winning move“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Conti 3h26’58”
2- Pibernik 5″
3- Lebas s.t.
4- Mancebo s.t.
5- Davison s.t.
18- Koshevoy 30″, 45- Mario Costa 14’04”, 54- Bonifazio 14’20”, 64- Feng 19’08”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Poorseyedigolakhour 14h00’39”
2- Emami 24″
3- Askari 52″
4- Zargari 53″
5- Mancebo 1’02”
10- Koshevoy 2’38”

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Modolo, first victory in the Giro, third success for LAMPRE-MERIDA

Modolo, first victory in the Giro, third success for LAMPRE-MERIDA

Sacha Modolo shouted in the rain: his joyful screams are for his first victory in career in the Giro d’Italia, the third obtained by LAMPRE-MERIDA in the 2015 edition of the Pink Race.

In the rain, the riders covered a short (147 km) and flat stage, with start in Montecchio Maggiore and arrival in Lido di Jesolo.
The sprinters, on the contrary of what had happened in Forlì, did not miss the opportunity to fight for the victory in the sprint, chasing and neutralizing in time the breakaway of three riders (Pineau, Frapporti and Zabel).
At 3 km to go, LAMPRE-MERIDA took the head of the bunch and Ferrari and Richeze demonstrated once again to be the best lead-out train: the Italian-Argentinian duo led Modolo to the final straight and gave him the best possible opportunity to win the race.
Sacha’s sprint was very fast and full of power and he deserved the victory, obtained preceding Nizzolo and Viviani.

It’s something amazing obtaining the first victory in the Giro d’Italia on the roads close to my hometown, everything is so perfect – Modolo said – At the end of a long chase, finally I got the succeess: I missed it in Genoa, I was close to it in Castiglione della Pescaia, while I lost a good chance in Fiuggi. In Forlì, the breakaway anticipated the sprints, so today arrival was the last chance for the sprinters before Milan: I did not miss it, thanks to an amazing support I received from my team mates.
Richeze and Ferrari were impressive, they led me to the final straight where I could perform the ideal sprint.
This is the best victory in my career“.

A crash which occurred at 3200 mt to the arrival changed the situation in the overall classification: Aru is the new pink jersey.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Modolo 3h03’08”
2- Nizzolo s.t.
3- Viviani s.t.
4- Porsev s.t.
5- Grosu s.t.
6- Richeze s.t.
34- Ferrari 10″, 132- Niemiec 2’47”, 133- Mori s.t., 134- Ulissi s.t., 137- Polanc s.t., 164- Grmay 3’25”, 165- Xu s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Aru 54h20’35”
2- Contador 19″
3- Landa 1’14”
4- Kreuziger 1’38”
5- Cataldo 1’49”
36- Niemiec 45’33”

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Koshevoy leader of the young riders classification

Koshevoy leader of the young riders classification

Ilia Koshevoy (photo Bettini archive), neo-pro from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA, is the new leader of the young riders classification in the Tour of Japan after the 5th stage, the climb on the Mount Fuji.

The Byelorussian climber was 11th at the arrival and this result allowed him to wear the white jersey with 32″ on the Australian Davison and 1’52” on the team mate Pibernik, who’s 4th.

The Iranian cyclists dominated the stage, obtaining the first 5 positions (victory for Emami). Koshevoy limited the gap at 2’02”, he’s 10th in the overall classification (+2’17” to the leader Poorseyedigolakhour).

In such a strange stage, which required a strong and immediate effort, the management of the energies was fundamental – sport director Vicino explained – Ilia was skilfull in avoding to follow the high pace of the Iranian cyclists, preferring to pedal on a regular rythm which gave him energies for the final part of the course.
Pibernik was brilliant in the first part of the climb, but he had to slow down in the final kilometers, obtaining the 28th place.
Conti faced a bad day, so he could not demonstrate his skills as climbers“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Emami 38’27”
2- Poorseyedigolakhour 22″
3- Askari 37″
4- Mehrabani 1’08”
5- Zargari 1’10”
11- Koshevoy 2’02”
28- Pibernik 4’41”, 40- Feng 6’30”, 41- Mario Costa s.t., 48- Conti 7’26”, 86- Bonifazio 14’58”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Poorseyedigolakhour 10h33’32”
2- Emami 19″
3- Askari 50″
4- Zargari s.t.
10- Koshevoy 2’17”

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