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Mauduit and Scirea join the group of the directors of LAMPRE-MERIDA

Mauduit and Scirea join the group of the directors of LAMPRE-MERIDA

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA completed the technical staff that, in the team meeting in Darfo Boario Terme (1-4 December) will start to plan the 2015.

The sport directors group that had worked in the past season (Orlando Maini, Marco Marzano, Simone Pedrazzini, Daniele Righi and Bruno Vicino) will be enriched by Philippe Mauduit and Mario Scirea (in photo with the team manager Copeland and the Mitsubishi team car).

Philippe Mauduit was born in 1968 in Tours (France) and in 2003 made his debut as sport director: he improved his skills year after year, so he could reach a top level that allwed him to direct world cycling stars.

Mario Scirea was born in Oltre il Colle (Italy) in 1964. In ten years spent on the team cars, he obtained huge satisfactions by directing top riders in achieving many important results.

The aim of the team is to improve its qualities, that’s why we decided to add to the team technical staff two expert sport director whose skills are well known in the cycling world – Brent Copeland explained – Mauduit and Scirea add value to the group of sport directors of the team that already shown top quality in the past seasons. 
Moreover, Philippe and Mario contribute to the distinguish balance between the international way and the Italian roots that characterizes our team.  
I’d also like to point out that all of our sport directors obtained the necessary licence from UCI.
The technical staff will work for common targets with harmony and each sport director will be responsible for specific tasks“.

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From Costa to Costa: Mario Jorge in LAMPRE-MERIDA

From Costa to Costa: Mario Jorge in LAMPRE-MERIDA

For 2015 season, Team LAMPRE-MERIDA doubled the Faria Da Costa.
In addition to Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, in the next season the team’s sport director will rely on Mario Jorge Faria Da Costa (photo), who’s the brother of the former world champion.

Mario Costa was born in Povoa de Varzim (Portugal) on 15 November 1985 and he turned pro in 2008, demonstrating during his career good skills on flat course and in time trial, giving his best in the support of the team’s captains.
Despite the fact that he always worked for helping the team mates, in 2011 he obtained the second place in the Portuguese road championship.

LAMPRE-MERIDA roster for 2015 will have one more rider that will work for the captains, with a special regard to Rui Costa, with whom Mario Costa has a natural feeling that will be useful during the race.
The Portuguese cyclist can give an additional value on flat courses, just want the sport directors was searching for.

It’s such a pride and statisfaction for me to wear in 2015 the colors of LAMPRE-MERIDA – Mario Costa commented – I will do my best to honor this opportunity, I’ll work hard daily to meet the target that the team will propose to me.
I thank the team, the sponsors and the team manager Copeland for this opportunity: it will be exciting to fight in support of my brother Rui in his attempts of achieving top results“.

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LAMPRE-MERIDA will be in Darfo Boario Terme

LAMPRE-MERIDA will be in Darfo Boario Terme

It’s better not to change the good traditions.

So, Darfo Boario Terme will host once again the first official team meeting of Team LAMPRE-MERIDA in view of the next season.

From the evening of December the 1st to December the 4th, the blue-fuchsia-green team will be in Hotel San Martino (via San Martino 28, Darfo Boario Terme) for a traditional appointment that can be renewed thanks to the efforts by As Boario and the pool of sponsors collected by Ezio Maffi (President of As Boario).

Darfo Boario Terme will welcome many top cyclists, such as the former World Champion Rui Costa, the Italian top riders Modolo and Pozzato, the Italian young guns Cattaneo, Bonifazio e Conti. Moreover, there will be also the Taiwanese rider Feng and the Ethiopian one Grmay, first athletes from their own Countries to race in a World Tour team.

The main aims of the team meeting will be the definition of the planning of the first part of the season and the evaluation of the technical items.

Also the chance to create a team spirit is one of the main reasons of the team meeting.

Team staff will operate following instructions  by team manager Copeland, who’ll will be sided by the whole group of sport directors and by Michele Bartoli (responsible for trainings and racing programs)

in order to plan the 2015 season.

Team will receive the visits by the main sponsors (Galbusera family and Merida managers) and by the other partner and suppliers.

In order to thanks As Boario and the pool of sponsors that contributed to the team meeting, on Wednesday the 3rd, at 7 pm, Team LAMPRE-MERIDA and its champions will take part in a public meeting that will be organized by As Boario in Sala Conferenze of Hotel San Martino.

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Competitive climbers group thanks to the confirmation of Serpa

Competitive climbers group thanks to the confirmation of Serpa

In 2015 too LAMPRE-MERIDA will count on one of his best climber: Josè Rodolfo Serpa Perez (photo Bettini).

The Colombian rider signed the prolongation of the contract for one season with the blue-fuchsia-team, so in 2015 he’ll spend his third year wearing LAMPRE-MERIDA jersey.
The “Lion from Bucaramanga”, born in 1979 in Corazal, has spent 9 seasons in pro cycling, obtaining 35 victories. In the past season, Serpa achieved one of the most important success in his career, the Trofeo Laigueglia.

The confirmation of Serpa in the roster for 2015 will contribute to keep a very high level of quality in our climbers group. Josè is a key rider for his experience, his cycling skills and his reliability: he has been always more than competitive in all the top races he took part in – team manager Brent Copeland explained – His role of support to the captains will be very precious, so as it will be his skills in trying to achieve personal goals, as it happened in Trofeo Laigueglia 2014.
Moreover, Josè is a very good guy and he’s appreciated by all the team members“.

More info about Serpa: www.teamlampremerida.com/en/team/atleti/serpa-perez-jose-rodolfo/

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Pro Cycling Teams unite to create a more exciting, stable and credible sport

Pro Cycling Teams unite to create a more exciting, stable and credible sport

Velon aims to make the sport more accessible to all, to bring technology to the races and to promote stable, credible teams that fans can support long-term.

Today sees the launch of Velon, the first joint venture of UCI World Tour cycling teams. This group brings together 11 leading teams – over 60 per cent of the World Tour – to drive a financial model that, in line with other international sports, ensures a sustainable future for the teams.

To achieve this the group wants to bring excitement to the sport, allowing fans to engage more with the teams than ever before. Velon’s aims are for a coherent season that excites people from start to finish and uses emerging technologies, such as on-bike cameras, that bring fans closer to the action.

Through Velon, the group will continue to work on partnerships with other stakeholders in the sport, including the UCI, the race organisers, and the AIGCP professional cycling association.

Velon’s founding members are Belkin Pro Cycling, BMC Racing, Garmin-Sharp, Lampre-Merida, Lotto-Belisol, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, Orica-GreenEDGE, Team Giant-Shimano, Team Sky, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing. The group is open to working with other teams that share their objectives and values, either to join Velon or partner with the company on new business.

The core ideas and objectives for the Teams in Velon are:

- More exciting sport: looking for a race calendar that tells a season long story, and is better understood by a growing international fan base, with more entertaining racing for the fans.

- New technology: bring the race alive from the rider’s perspective, showing the fans what it’s like from the saddle.

- Underpinned by sustainable, credible teams the fans can follow now and long into the future. Creating a new, better economic future for the sport, through collective action and increased co-operation between the teams and other stakeholders.

The company has been created to work on behalf of these teams for new business creation. Each team is represented on the board and Graham Bartlett (formerly of UEFA, Nike and other major sports brands) has been appointed as CEO.

Bartlett said: “The existing, sponsor only, business model is fragile for all teams. We need to change this to a more rounded one with fans at the heart of it, investing in new technological initiatives to generate greater excitement from the races and bring the sport closer to its fans. The company will look to use the combined commitment of the teams to create new revenues.
This combined commitment can help to deliver more of what the fans want to see from the sport – exciting races brought to life with great technology. What we’re trying to build will hopefully create a virtuous circle where it’s easier for fans to engage with the teams and riders and gives the teams even greater incentives to maintain credibility.”

The first example of Velon’s work came earlier this year, when these teams got together to work with their riders and the race organisers to implement on-bike cameras during the races. Bartlett adds: “This could only have been negotiated and delivered with the organisers by having a unified group. Initially co-operating with IMG for the Tour de Suisse and then continuing with A.S.O. at the Tour de France, the Vuelta and a number of other big races in the calendar. By using new technology, and by working very closely with the race organisers, the teams were able to capture fantastic, never seen before footage showing the riders in spectacular fashion and the response from the fans was even better than we expected.”

The Tour de Suisse on-bike camera videos syndicated to Cyclingnews and InCycle (which is also an IMG Media/Velon collaboration) were viewed over 1 million times. The videos from other races also gave significant YouTube traffic for the teams themselves, Orica-GreenEDGE’s Tour de France stage-5 footage, for example, was viewed over 108,000 times, creating significant interest for the team.

Fans and financial partners must trust the sport and the teams must be open, honest and transparent. The integrity of cycling is also the foundation for a healthy following, increased investment and further growth. This must be based on a sound, stable business model for the teams.

Lampre-Merida team manager, Brent Copeland: “We at Team Lampre-Merida feel that working closely with other World Tour Teams forming one group, namely Velon, is an important step in the right direction to creating even more interest and excitement for the sport of pro cycling, not only for the stability of the sports future but more importantly for the fans”.

Video: www.teamlampremerida.com/en/videos/lancio-di-velon/

Contacts

Team representatives: Press office Team LAMPRE-MERIDA (team@teamlampremerida.com)

Velon PR Agency: Rob Ashwell, SHIFT Active Media: rob.ashwell@shiftactivemedia.com, +44 7800 515 001

About “Velon”

Velon is a business venture formed by pro-cycling teams, established in 2014 to foster longer term stability for its members and the sport. It is wholly owned and controlled equally by the 11 shareholding teams. Headquartered in the UK, the commercial organisation “Velon” was founded by Belkin Pro Cycling, BMC Racing, Garmin-Sharp, Lampre-Merida, Lotto-Belisol, Omega Pharma – Quick-step, Orica-GreenEDGE, Team Giant-Shimano, Team Sky, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing, with members of each team on Velon’s board. Its first project was to create on-bike camera footage for several UCI World Tour races in 2014.

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Compliments to Chun Kai Feng

Compliments to Chun Kai Feng

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA congratulates with Chun Kai Feng (photo) for his success in the Taiwanese road championship.

The Asian cyclist, who’ll join the blue-fuchsia-green team in 2015, obtained the fourth Taiwanese title in his career (he also won one time trial title).

On the arrival in Taitung, at the end of the 159 km of the course, Chun Kai Feng obtained a solo victory, since the first chaser, Liu, had a gap of 1’56″

RACE RESULTS

1- Feng 4h21’03″

2- Liu 1’56″

3- Peng 3’41″

4- Shiao s.t.

5- Lu s.t.

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African climber for LAMPRE-MERIDA: Tsgabu Grmay for 2015 season

African climber for LAMPRE-MERIDA: Tsgabu Grmay for 2015 season

From the highlands of Ethiopia to the roads of the worlds pro tour cycling scene.

This is the path Tsgabu Gebremaryan Grmay (photo) has chosen, the first Ethiopian cyclist to have signed with World Tour cycling team LAMPRE-MERIDA.

The twenty three year old climber has signed a contract for the 2015 season with the formation blue-fuchsia-green, becoming the second African athlete in the history of the team (the first being Robert Hunter).

Born in Mekele, Ethiopia on the 25 August, 1991, 175 cm tall and a weight of 63 kg, Grmay began to refine his potential in cycling during 2010 and 2011 at the World Cycling Centre (CMC) in Aigle, Switzerland, where he spent a two-year period during which Grmay took part in various European competitions for amateurs.

The turning point came in 2012 when he turned professional with MTN Qhubeka team: his best results as a pro include two titles as Ethiopian road champion, two titles as Ethiopian to time trial champion, a stage win and second place in the overall standings during the tour of Taiwan edition of 2013.

The technical staff and management of the LAMPRE-MERIDA realised an opportunity in his potential as a climber, Grmays’ climbing qualities and abilities which are believed to still have room for improvement, as highlighted by the team manager Brent Copeland: “The quality of climber Tsgabu is has been refined day after day as a daily practice, not only due to his training area of where he lives at an altitude of 2400 meters in the highlands of Ethiopia but also due to his mentality and culture of giving consistent hard work and dedication to bringing out the best in himself as an athlete and person which he is.
I already knew Grmay for his militancy in team MTN Qhubeka and I appreciated his character and his natural talent he has for cycling, for which I believe there is room for growth and improvement: he is one of our many investments for the future, one in which we believe to bring an exponent of African cycling to the worlds pro tour cycling scene.
This opportunity in which Tsgabu finds himself with is something I believe will contribute to help bring out the best in him in order for him to show his true potential

This is the comment by Grmay: “For  me  stepping  up  to  a  World Tour team is  a very  great  encouragement and  it pushes  me  to  work  hard  for  the  future in order to  reach  the biggest  dream  of my  life:  to  race  in  the Tour  de  France.
I  am  very  happy  and  lucky  to  be  with Team Lampre-Merida. I am the first Ethiopian rider to sign with a World Tour team, so I am very proud about that as well and I want to say thanks so much to Lampre-Merida for this great opportunity“.

Signing Gramy, LAMPRE-MERIDA opens its doors to yet another cycling scene, namely the African continent, after already showing our interest in the Asian cycling world.
The team management believe strongly in the development in African cycling and in the possibility of having African cyclists at the top level of professional racing in the future, thus, the reason for the investments as being a reference point for the talented riders of this continent.

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LAMPRE-MERIDA’s sprinters: Ferrari confirmed for 2015

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s sprinters: Ferrari confirmed for 2015

There’s a sprinter who can fight against the strongest lead-out trains.
There’s a sprinter who doesn’t hesitate to support his team mates.
There’s a sprinter whose name is Roberto Ferrari (photo Bettini) and who’ll race in team LAMPRE-MERIDA in 2015 too.

The blue-fuchsia-green team has extended the deal with the 31 years old Italian cyclist, confirming in the roster another one athlete who contributed to the very good season of the LAMPRE-MERIDA, despite he did not obtain victories.

I’m very happy to have the opportunity to race for the third season in the team: it’s an outstanding group, whose riders, sponsors and staff members are on the top level.
The intention by the team of relying on my skills and of extending my contract makes me very proud, because it confirms that it knows the value of my skills and of my efforts.
I know I haven not yet won wearing blue-fuchsia-green colors, this will be a motivation to try to do even better for obtaining personal results, but also for giving my support to my team mates.
After eight years in the pro cycling, my experience is very high and I would like to exploit it to help my team mates and the other sprinters of the team“.

Team manager Brent Copeland is satisfied for the reconfirm of Ferrari: “Roberto is a generous rider and his skills make him a precious cyclists, since he can exploit the support of his team mates, can fight against the opponents lead-out trains and can be an effective help for his team mates in the achieve of their goals.
His presence in the 2015 roster will give an extra value to our group of the sprinters”.

The 2015 will be for Roberto Ferrari (11 successes in career with the top of the Montecatini Terme stage victory in Giro d’Italia 2012) the third season in the team.
Biography: www.teamlampremerida.com/en/team/atleti/ferrari-roberto/

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Manuele Mori signs one more season with LAMPRE-MERIDA

Manuele Mori signs one more season with LAMPRE-MERIDA

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA signed with Manuele Mori (photo Bettini) the prolongation of his contract: the experience of the Tuscan cyclist will be a value for the team in 2015 season too.

Mori will race in the team for the seventh season, so that he’ll give once again his support to the captain and he’ll be a model for the young riders.
A fact could help to understand better which is the level of experience of Manuele: during his pro career, that began in 2004, he took part in all the World Tour races, except for Paris-Roubaix and Gand-Wevelgem, obtaining at least once a final place in the top 25 in each race (except for the Grand Tours).
Moreover, waiting for the opportunity t debut in an African race, Mori rode in all the continents.

It’s a big satisfaction for me to have the opportunity to race for the seventh season in the same team, it means to me that I worked in the best way – Mori explained – I thank the team management, the sponsors and the staff: the team is like a second family for me.
Season after season, my role changed and now I’m focused on supporting the team captains and in giving the necessary help to the young riders: LAMPRE-MERIDA is paying a huge attention to the young guns, it’s something very remarkable“.

Team manager Brent Copeland commented: “Manuele Mori is one of those riders that can be always helpful to the team and it’s very important that he’ll be with us in the next season too.
He’ll be with the team captains in the one day races and in Grand Tours, giving also his help to the young riders and the new cyclists of the team“.

The biography of Manuele Mori: www.teamlampremerida.com/en/team/atleti/mori-manuele.

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LAMPRE-MERIDA is ready for 2015 thanks to the support by its main sponsors

LAMPRE-MERIDA is ready for 2015 thanks to the support by its main sponsors

The profitable experience in Tour of Hainan has just closed the 2014 season and Team LAMPRE-MERIDA is going to start working in order to prepare the 2015 counting on the renewed trust by the main sponsors.

LAMPRE-MERIDA welcomed the agreements for the prolongation of the sponsorships with Lampre Srl and Merida Bikes.
The commercial director Giuseppe Saronni and the team manager Brent Copeland are satisfied for having the opportunity to go on with the cycling project thanks to the support by the Italian pre-laminated steel company and by the Taiwanese bikes manufacturer.

Lampre will grant for the twenty-first cycling season the traditional contribution of passion and competence, adding to the blue-fuchsia-green group an enthusiastic participation that becomes deeper and deeper year by year.
Merida adds an international flavor and appeal to the team’s activity, besides the top level support for what concerns the technological side that places LAMPRE-MERIDA in the first line in the cycling articles standing.

These two confirmations are a direct recognition to the high quality of the blue-fuchsia-green roster and grant the basis that are necessary for the development of the young talented riders that, during the current season, gave satisfactions to the team.

Emanuele Galbusera (Lampre sales director and president of the team) explained that: “Lampre company continues to cover his path in the professional cycling world, already focusing the attention on the 2015 season with the aim of living great emotions.
Together with Merida we’ll ride along a path aimed to a continuous improvement, to reach new and important goals, following the right balance between tradition and innovation.
On behalf of the whole Lampre srl group, I thank all the fans that show their passion for the cycling and their support to Team LAMPRE-MERIDA
”.

MERIDA’s vice president William Jeng is glad to announce the following: “We are very happy about the excellent cooperation with the team management including the team owner Giuseppe Saronni,  team manager Brent Copeland and the Galbusera family. The feedback from the team and its riders has been of great value for MERIDA to further optimise our road bikes.
Our company has entered the WorldTour with TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA, and after two seasons we can only come to a thoroughly positive summary of this cooperation. The team has been improving its performance, and its line-up has been getting more and more international. We therefore are excited to announce that as per next year TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA will have two professional riders from Asia in its line-up: After China’s Xu Gang, Chun Kai Feng is going to join its ranks for 2015. He will be the first rider from Taiwan to compete at cycling’s highest level, the World Tour. All of this has convinced MERIDA to extend the existing title sponsor contract until the end of 2016 early on
“.

The first appointment for 2015 season will be the traditional team meeting in Darfo Boario Terme (Italy), that is scheduled in the first week of December.

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