Anacona keeps the 4th place in the Overall after the time trial at Vuelta a Espana

Anacona keeps the 4th place in the Overall after the time trial at Vuelta a Espana

Another good day for  Winner Anacona in the time trial at the Vuelta a Espana today, by Real Monasterio de Santa María to Borja de Veruela of 36.7 km.

The Colombian of Team Lampre Merida have managed to not lose positions in the overall standings, thus defending his 4th place obtained after the solo victory in the 9th stage (now with a delay of 1’12″ by the new leader Contador ).

Anacona offered a test worthy of a place in the top 10 of the General at Vuelta, finishing the stage in 15th place with a time of 48’47″ at 1’45″ behind the winner Tony Martin.

The route of the time trial included an initial insidious with different curves and narrow road, then a 3rd category climb of 2.5 km, then a treacherous descent in which Quintana, who started with the leader’s jersey of the general suffered a huge scare by falling against a guard rail. Fortunately no serious consequence for the athlete of Movistar, only the regret of losing 4’07 “at the end of the stage. Since the track to the finish line then presented the land suitable for specialists with long straights on which to use high gears at maximum frequency.

The impressions of the DS Matxin: “I was expecting a nice chromo form Winner today, his condition is good and the track was not impossible for him. Watching the times calmly after the race, we can see how he was good in the middle of the train of the best general classification’s riders. This shows that we can work well to get a good placement in the standings at the end of the Vuelta. Today we chose also to start with a Merida Reacto Evo bike, to maximize its compromise between aerodynamics and ease of driving along the first part of the track full of curves and reverse curves. At the top of the climb of the 3rd category then we changed Winner’s bike, putting him on a Merida Warp TT, a pure time trial bike , in view of the second part of the track where aerodynamics was essential to maintain the high speed downhill and the long straights of the final. ”

Anacona: “Today I felt good, the leg responded as I wanted even after the rest day of yesterday. It was a time trial in which to pay attention from the beginning not to fall and to keep a bit of energy for the final. I opted for a change of bike and I must say that in the end I was fine. Due to the bikes that we have from Merida we can always evaluate various options in the choice of the materials on any type of tracks. Tomorrow will be a difficult stage with a tough final climb, the important thing is to take it straight to the top positions and then defend myself as much as possible until the finish line. ”

Chrono relatively quiet for the other members of Team Lampre Merida with Niemiec who finished the test in 30 th position at 2’18 “.

Order of Arrival

1 Tony MARTIN GER OPQ 47:02:00
3 Rigoberto URAN URAN COL OPQ 15
6 Cadel EVANS AUS BMC 49
9 Jesse SERGENT NZL TFR +1:13
10 Christopher FROOME GBR SKY +1:32
11 Pieter SERRY BEL OPQ +1:32
12 Jerome COPPEL FRA COF +1:35
13 Bob JUNGELS LUX TFR +1:39
14 Romain SICARD FRA EUC +1:45

30 Przemyslaw NIEMIEC POL LAM +2:18

1 Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO Spain TCS 36:45:49
2 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE Spain MOV 27
3 Rigoberto URAN URAN Colombia OPQ 59
4 Winner ANACONA GOMEZ Colombia LAM +1:12
5 Christopher FROOME Great Britain SKY +1:18
6 Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Spain KAT +1:37
7 Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Spain BMC +1:41
8 Fabio ARU Italy AST +2:27
9 Robert GESINK Netherlands BEL +2:38
10 Damiano CARUSO Italy CAN +2:59

23 Przemyslaw NIEMIEC Poland LAM +8:44

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Durasek, Rui Costa and Mori are active, but no result

Durasek, Rui Costa and Mori are active, but no result

LAMPRE-MERIDA did not succeed in extending the winning tradition in Gp Plouay, after Pozzato victory in 2013 and Bole success in 2011.

Despite this, blue-fuchsia-green riders demonstrated they were competitive in the final part of the race, when  it was enlivened after a first part that was characterized by a slow pace and by a breakaway of 4 riders that was neutralized at 50 km to go.
Before the last lap of the circuit, Durasek joined a very interesting attempt and with important riders such as Kwiatkowski, Nordhaug, Wellens, Hermans, Tulik and Jensen and their action had a maximum advantage of 50″, before the bunch instesified the chase and neutralized the breakaway.
The last lap was characterized by many attempts and in one of them there were the world champion Rui Costa (photo Bettini) and Mori too, but none of these action had good luck.
At 5 km to go an attack by Gautier allowed other 6 riders to escape from the bunch: it was the good attempt that gave Chavanel the victory.
For LAMPRE-MERIDA, Mori obtained the 35th position, Rui Costa was 92nd.

“The most interesting actions took place in the final part of the race and could be in each of them – sport director Maini explained – Unfortunately, we missed the winning one, so we obtained none in the race.
We appreciated Rui Costa’s performance: this was his first race since his withdrawal from Tour de France, but he demonstrated that he’s competitive and willing to be protagonist in the final part of the season”.

1- Chavanel 5h38’26″
2- Fedi s.t.
3- Vichot s.t.
4- Gautier s.t.
35- Mori 2″
57- Oliveira s.t., 92- Rui Costa 11″, 109- Valls 1’13″, 122- Durasek 2’50″, 136- Cattaneo 5’44″, 137- Cimolai s.t., Wackermann dnf

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And the Winner is…Anacona !

And the Winner is…Anacona !

A presentation was never more suitable than this, today the winner of the 9th stage of  Vuelta a Espana 2014 is really in name and in fact Winner Anacona.

The Lampre Merida has been able to take the ride as the Spanish bullfighter takes the bull by the horns …! Since morning the tactics of the Italian formation was clear, and the DS Matxin and Vicino had indicated to the boys that the stage could hide the danger of a large group of attackers escape from the start and so it was. Matxin had mentalized to the perfection the most suitable man to enter into the flight, Anacona, the man best placed in the overall standings, (the Colombian started this morning with 2’50″ to recover), centering on full reading of the race.

The beginning of the 9th fraction from Carboneras de Guadazaón to Aramón Valdelinares of 185 km, saw a series of attacks with several athletes that had alarmed the group. After 25 km from the start the action good, a squad of 31 athletes took off, among them two Lampre Merida’s men: Anacona and Cunego.

The maximum gap was over 8′ and the ambitions of successful tactic designed by the Team in the morning, began to take a turn really favorable. Anacona for the entire stage was provisional leader of the General and was not content to see how the group would react. On the penultimate climb of the 2nd CAT at 20 km from the finish, Anacona has definitely forced the pace, dragging behind him only 2 fellow adventurers: Jungels and Moreno.

Behind them no one was able to return, thanks also to the fine work of Cunego who stopped all attempts to comeback from their opponents. The group at the urging of  Team Sky has also reacted and was reported only 3’30″ from the leading trio, right now Anacona with great courage and strength, gave the decisive acceleration unplugging all breakaway companions away, unfortunately only for a moment the possibility of losing the leader’s red jersey.

Under pouring rain the Colombian of Lampre Merida has thus reached all alone at the finish giving to the formation of Saronni a deserved victory sought for some time. To complete the feast was the beautiful 3rd place of  Cunego, who was able, after having worked as a stopper, to fire its best ammunitions residue. A real shame for the conduct of the last miles of the group, an attack of Contador has led to high acceleration such as to diminish the residual gap of provisional top of the General Anacona, thus causing him to lose the leader’s jersey for just 9″ by Quintana.

These are the words of the protagonists:

the Ds Matxin: “Today we hope to have reversed the fortunes of our Vuelta, the tactic this morning was clear, we could not absolutely let lose the escape of the day. I played to perfection to Winner as the path and the performance of the stage was and I immediately saw in him a great desire to redeem his presence in the race. He was the best man placed in the General and he knew that if the group had not kept the race today we could do harm to so many people. With him I had asked at least a companion to be present and I have to say that Damiano has really done his best to comply with this request, I am grateful to him that today worked well and i’m happy for as he finished the stage, a 3rd place is a symptom of a condition that is growing. Winner has been phenomenal in the final and i hope that with this victory he has finally defeated the bad luck that has dogged him since his passing among professionals. ”

Anacona: “Today I am in seventh heaven! Have to say thanks to the whole team, from the leadership that has always believed in me even in the hardest times, the DS present today at the race, that passed the fire necessary to me for achieve this victory, to all the staff always perfect in every role. Finally, let me dedicate the victory to myself and the work I have done to get out of bad luck after I moved among professionals. I hope to have continuity in performance now and still give plenty of those joys to Lampre Merida. ”

If you want to relive the last kilometers of the stage won by Anacona with us watching the video posted on our official website at the link:


1. ANACONA, Winner Lampre Merida 4h 34′ 14”
2. LUTSENKO, Alexey Astana Pro Team + 45”
3. CUNEGO, Damiano Lampre Merida + 50”
4. MORENO, Javier Movistar Team + 1′ 04”
5. BILBAO, Peio Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1′ 12”
6. COPPEL, Jerome Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1′ 21”
7. HESJEDAL, Ryder Garmin Sharp + 1′ 33”
8. HANSEN, Adam Lotto Belisol + 1′ 45”
9. JUNGELS, Bob Trek Factory Racing + 1′ 49”
10. FELLINE, Fabio Trek Factory Racing + 2′ 08”


1. QUINTANA, Nairo Alexander Movistar Team 35h 58′ 05”
2. CONTADOR, Alberto Tinkoff – Saxo + 3”
3. VALVERDE, Alejandro Movistar Team + 8”
4. ANACONA, Winner Lampre Merida + 9”
5. FROOME, Christopher Team SKY + 28”
6. RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin Team Katusha + 30”
7. ARU, Fabio Astana Pro Team + 1′ 06”
8. URAN, Rigoberto Omega Pharma – Quick-Step + 1′ 26”
9. MARTIN, Daniel Garmin Sharp + 1′ 42”
10. NAVARRO, Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 2′ 37”
11. MORENO, Daniel Team Katusha + 3′ 17”

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Lampre Merida attack with Favilli, then the tenacity of Ferrari

Lampre Merida attack with Favilli, then the tenacity of Ferrari

It was to be a stage of relative tranquility, from Baeza to Albacete 207 km, but thanks to the courage of Favilli and Aramendia the race had two men in front of the race from the first ride.

The rider of Team Lampre Merida has in fact started an action immediately after the start, managing to resist the return of the group of up to 40 km from the finish. Decidedly courageous action that gave a signal of liveliness from the Team directed by the pair Vicino, Matxin.

The calm in the group after the finish of the escape was really short, a strong side wind has indeed broken then the group into 3 sections under the pressure of  Saxo Tinkoff and BMC. For Team Lampre Merida only Ferrari and Serpa were able to manage the situation well, but remained only 2 in the group of the best to work for the upcoming sprint with semi-compact ranks. Ferrari has once again shown great tenacity, jostling against the teams of sprinters all alone and positioning himself in good position until the last km. Launched the sprint, the rider of Lampre Merida, seemed to have found the right timing to express his potential to the sprint, but a detour (regular) by Boonen has closed the gap on the hurdles and then he had to settle for 8th position.

Negative stage for Niemiec and Anacona, men of the standings for the Lampre Merida, who had to give up in the wind, respectively 2’23″ and 53″. Just as bad as the race of the remaining companions that were out of the competition in the final kilometers.


1. BOUHANNI, Nacer 4h 29′ 00”
2. MATTHEWS, Michael Orica GreenEdge + 0”
3. SAGAN, Peter Cannondale Pro Cycling + 0”
4. DEGENKOLB, John Team Giant – Shimano + 0”
5. HENDERSON, Gregory Lotto Belisol + 0”
6. WAGNER, Robert Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 0”
7. SBARAGLI, Kristian MTN – Qhubeka + 0”
8. FERRARI, Roberto Lampre Merida + 0”
9. BOONEN, Tom Omega Pharma – Quick-Step + 0”
10. STUYVEN, Jasper Trek Factory Racing + 0”


1. VALVERDE, Alejandro Movistar Team 31h 21′ 20”
2. QUINTANA, Nairo Alexander Movistar Team + 15”
3. CONTADOR, Alberto Tinkoff – Saxo + 18”
4. FROOME, Christopher Team SKY + 20”
5. CHAVES RUBIO, Esteban Orica GreenEdge + 41”
6. RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin Team Katusha + 45”
7. GESINK, Robert Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 55”
8. ARU, Fabio Astana Pro Team + 58”
9. BARGUIL, Warren Team Giant – Shimano + 1′ 02”
10. KELDERMAN, Wilco Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1′ 06”

21. ANACONA, Winner Lampre Merida + 2′ 50”

30.NIEMIEC, Przemyslaw Lampre Merida + 4′ 52”

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LAMPRE-MERIDA missed the winning breakaway, Niemiec 22nd

LAMPRE-MERIDA missed the winning breakaway, Niemiec 22nd

The irregular profile of the course of the 7th stage of Vuelta (start from Alhendin and arrival in Alcaudete, 169 km) was suitable for the attackers that ruled the race indeed.
The winner was De Marchi, who was member of a four men breakaway (Dupont, Hesjedal and Tschopp the other members) that could resist to the chase of the bunch.

LAMPRE-MERIDA regrets that no blue-fuchsia-green cyclists were in the winning breakaway, despite  the attempts that they made in the early part of the stage of escaping from the bunch.
In the approach of the final sector of the course, the team directed by Matxin and Vicino also tried to raise the pace of the bunch in order to intensify the chase, but it was not possible to close the gap (in photo Bettini, the trio Favilli, Conti and Cunego).
In the final kilometers, Niemiec and Anacona reacted in a good way to the actions of some riders in the head of the bunch, so that they could reach the arrival in the selected group of 50 riders with all the most important athletes: Niemiec was 22nd, Anacona 35th, both at 2’20″ to the winner.

No changes in the overall standing, Anacona is 19th at 1’57″ and Niemiec 22nd at 2’29″ to Valverde.

1- De Marchi 4h01’52″
2- Hesjedal 1’34″
3- Dupont 1’35″
4- Tschopp s.t.
22- Niemiec 2’20″
35- Anacona s.t., 71- Pozzato 4’06″, 109- Serpa 8’18″, 112- Conti s.t., 134- Cunego 14’16″, 150- Favilli 16’33″, 188- Richeze 20’46″, 192- Ferrari s.t.

1- Valverde 26h52’20″
2- Quintana 15″
3- Contador 18″
4- Froome 20″
19- Anacona 1’57″
22- Niemiec 2’29″ 

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Rui Costa back to races in France

Rui Costa back to races in France

LAMPRE-MERIDA will race in France trying to extend the good tradition that has always given to blue-fuchsia-green team a role as protagonist in Gp Plouay.
The team directed by Orlando Maini will try to repeat the victories that were obtained in 2011 thanks to Bole and in 2013 thanks to Pozzato.

The rainbow jersey of Rui Costa stands out in the team selection: for the world champion, Gp Plouay will be the first race since his withdrawal from Tour de France because of an illness.
In addition to Rui Costa, Maini will direct Mattia Cattaneo, Davide Cimolai, Kristijan Durasek, Manuele Mori, Nelson Oliveira, Rafael Valls and Luca Wackermann.
The team staff members will be the mechanics Possoni and Romanò, the masseur Chiodini and Santerini and the team doctor Ronchi.

In case of a massive sprint on the final straight of the race, Cimolai will be the team leader considering that he could obtain the 7th place in Vattenfall Cyclassics; on the contrary, if Gp Plouay will be demanding, Mori and Cattaneo are ready to be protagonists.
For what concerns Rui Costa, this will be the first step in this final part of the season, in which important appointments are scheduled such as Gp Quebec, Gp Montreal and, most of all, the World championship in Ponferrada.

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Anacona limited the gap in the summit arrival in La Zubia

Anacona limited the gap in the summit arrival in La Zubia

In the first summit arrival of Vuelta a Espana (6th stage, Benalmadena-La Zubia, 167,1 km), Anacona was the only one blue-fuchsia-green rider to limit the gap to the best climber of the bunch when they fought on the final climb.

The Colombian rider from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA reached the arrival in 17th place, limiting the gap to the winner Valverde at 59″.
Thanks to this generous performance, Anacona (photo Bettini) entered in the top ten of the overall classification: he’s 19th at 1’57″ to Valverde.
On a short climb with demanding gradients (4,6 km of lenght with 7,8% as average gradient and 12,7% as maximum one), Niemiec could not be perfect and he completed the stage in 33rd position with a gap of 1’54″ to the winner.

Damiano Cunego had to face the bad luck: he was stopped by a puncture in the approach of the final climb and, despite the quick change of the wheel performed by team mate Richeze, he could not aim any more to be protagonist in the race.

1- Valverde 4h35’27″
2- Froome s.t.
4- Contador s.t.
4- Rodriguez 8″
5- Quintana 12″
17- Anacona 59″
33- Niemiec 1’54″, 70- Serpa 7’06″, 118- Pozzato 11’25″, 131- Conti 11’42″, 154- Favilli 13’30″, 178- Cunego 15’30″, 183- Ferrari 16’27″, 184- Richeze s.t.

1- Valverde 22h48’08″
2- Quintana 15″
3- Contador 18″
4- Froome 22″
19- Anacona 1’57″
22- Niemiec 2’29″ 

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Ferrari in the top 10, Conti 2nd in the allaround ranking

Ferrari in the top 10, Conti 2nd in the allaround ranking

A massive sprint characterized the finish of the 5th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, 180 km from Priego de Cordoba to Ronda.
The course was suitable for the sprinters and so the fast wheels of the group did not miss the opportunity to fight on the final straight.

The race was livened up by the breakaway of the duo Martin and Lightart and, after that the attack had been neutralized, by an attempt by Tinkoff-Saxo to exploit the lateral wind to split the bunch into different parts: only 80 riders could pedal in the head part, among them LAMPRE-MERIDA’s sprinters Ferrari and Richeze, overall classification contenders Niemiec and Anacona and young guns Conti and Favilli.
The blue-fucshia-green riders worked in order to support Ferrari in the sprint and the winner of Montecatini stage in Giro d’Italia 2012 obtained a place in the top 10: after the 3rd place the had got in San Fernando, today he crossed the finish line in 10th place.

Despite he realized a good performance once again, Valerio Conti (photo Bettini) could not detain the white jersey, that passed on Pardilla’s shoulder: the Spanish rider has the same points of Conti (77), however is the new leader of the allaround classification.

“At 800 meters to the arrival there was a roundabout, there began a light ascent to the arrival: it was important to approach the roundabout in the head of the bunch – Ferrari explained – In fact, after having passed the roundabout, there was no chance to overtake the opponents. I thought I was in a good position, but some riders overtook me just before the roundabout, so I could not complete in the best way the support I had received by my team mates”.

1- Degenkolb 4h41’47″
2- Bouhanni s.t.
3- Hofland s.t.
4- Stuyven s.t.
10- Ferrari s.t.
23- Richeze 5″, 53- Anacona s.t., 67- Niemiec s.t., 69- Conti s.t., 78- Favilli 31″, 118- Cunego 11’27″, 161- Serpa 13’31″, 171- Pozzato s.t.

1- Matthews 18h12’31″
2- Quintana 13″
3- Valverde 20″
4- Uran 24″
16- Niemiec 45″ 

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Anacona attacked, Conti 8th in Cordoba and in white again

Anacona attacked, Conti 8th in Cordoba and in white again

Very interesting last part of the race for LAMPRE-MERIDA, that was protagonist of the final kilometers of the 4th stage of Vuelta (Mairena del Alcor-Cordoba, 164,7 km) thanks to Winner Anacona and Valerio Conti.

The Colombian rider (photo Bettini) attacked from the bunch, that had neutralized the main breakaway of the race, in the final part of the last climb of the course.

Yates joined immediately Anacona, few hundreds meters later also Valverde and Sicard reached them, arranging a four riders breakaway that, after having reached the summit of the Kom, had a max advantage of 30″ on the peloton.

Unfortunately for the attackers, some sprinters could come back in the bunch in the downhill, so their teams led the chase to the breakaway, that was neutralized at 9 km to go.

A 60 riders group entered in Cordoba for the final sprint and LAMPRE-MERIDA had an unexpected protagonist: Valerio Conti, in fact, fought in the head position, obtaining the 8th place.

Degekolb won the stage, preceding Reynes and Matthews, who’s still the leader of the overall classification.

In the head group, for LAMPRE-MERIDA there were, in addition to Conti, also Favilli (12th), Niemiec (33rd) and Anacona (43rd).

Thanks to his action in the sprint, Conti could return to be leader of the allaround classification, so tomorrow will wear again the white jersey.

In the overall classification, Niemiec is 16th, at 40″ to Matthews.

“We did not succeed in joining the main breakaway of the stage despite this was one of our

target for the day, however  we could be protagonists thanks to Anacona and Conti in the final part of the stage  - sport director Matxin said – Winner’s action was very good, unfortunately he was joined by Valverde and this caused the reaction by Orica that chased the attackers in order to defend the red jersey of Matthews.

Another good performance by Conti, who followed Tony and Daniel Martin when they went in the head of the peloton: Valerio tried to do the best in the sprint and he got back the white jersey”.


1- Degenkolb 4h02’55″

2- Reynes s.t.

3- Matthews s.t.

4- Caruso s.t.

8- Conti s.t.

12- Favilli s.t., 33- Niemiec s.t., 43- Anacona s.t.,  78- Pozzato 3’42″, 139- Serpa 13’44″, 140- Cunego s.t., 167- Ferrari 16’55″, 183- Richeze s.t.


1- Matthews 13h30’44″

2- Quintana 8″

3- Valverde 15″

4- Uran 19″

16- Niemiec 40″ 

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The farewell to Alfredo Martini

The farewell to Alfredo Martini

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA is deeply touched by the news of the death of Alfredo Martini (photo Bettini).

Giuseppe Saronni, who was guided by Martini in the Italian national team, the team cyclists, the staff and Galbusera family will remember Martini as a key person in the national cycling and express condolences to his family.

Posted in Generica

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