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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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Feng Chun Kai: the first Taiwanese ever in the World Tour

Feng Chun Kai: the first Taiwanese ever in the World Tour

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA is once again proud to be pioneer in the expansion of the cycling boundary, considering that it has signed the first Taiwanese rider ever in its hostory: in 2015, Chun Kai Fei will be the first Taiwanese to take part in the World Tour circuit.

Born in 1988 in Qing’an Village, Feng is very popular in Taiwan, a Country whose cycling industry is at the top of thw world production.
Thanks to the cycling successes he achieved, Feng is the leading figure of the Taiwanese cycling movement: in 2007, when he was very young, he became Asian champion of the points race on track; in 2010 he became pro, collecting during his career three national road title (2010-2011-2013), one national time trial title (2013), one stage in Tour of Thailand in 2012 and the gold medal in the 10 km scratch.

The deal for the passage of Chun Kai Feng in the blue-fuchsia-green team has been made official in a press conference in Taiwan, where the rider was introduced by William Jeng, Merida Bikes company’s senior vice president.

LAMPRE-MERIDA decided to give this opportunity of improvement to an athlete that is considered to be ready to face the challenge of the elite of cycling, endorsing the Asian cycling movement that in the next years will become more and more important for the cycling world.
We consider Chun Kai Feng owns the skills and the fighting spirit to demonstrate that the Taiwanese cycling has come to a level that gives the opportunity to his leading figure to debut in the World Tour – team manager Copeland explained – The first part of the season will be important for him for getting settled and to adapt himself to the language and the European culture: our team’s members are very warm and accepting people, so Feng will have no problem in receiving the necessary support by everybody in the team, especially by the most experienced cyclists.
During the first half of the year we’ll complete the evaluation of his skills and we’ll give him the support for what concerns the training programs, aiming to set a race planning that will give Feng the opportunity to exploit in the best way his qualities during the second part of the season“.

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Thanks and greetings to Chris Horner

Thanks and greetings to Chris Horner

At the end of the season, Team LAMPRE-MERIDA sends there best wishes and gratefulness to the American cyclist Chris Horner for year he spent in the team.

In 2014 Horner had to face many unfortunate incidents, the most unfortunate being the terrible crash during training before the Giro d’Italia: for LAMPRE-MERIDA seeing Chris coming back to races and taking part in Tour de France after this serious injury was a huge success, however even after his hard work and due to these situations Chris was not fortunate enough to demonstrate his true potential, LAMPRE-MERIDA would like to show there appreciation to Horner for his proactive attitude, his passion for cycling, sacrifices and efforts he made for the team during the 2014 season: Chris has been a true professional in all senses, especially with his experience which the young riders exploited.

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA wish Chris all the best for his future: it would have been great for the team and Chris to have crossed paths earlier on in his career in order to have had a longer relationship.

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Matteo Bono: in 2015 the tenth season in the team

Matteo Bono: in 2015 the tenth season in the team

LAMPRE-MERIDA officialises the renewal of the contract of Matteo Bono (photo Bettini) for the 2015 season.

The thirty-one years old cyclists will live the tenth season in the team, in addition to some months he spent as trainee in 2005: considering these date, Bono (4 victories in career, all of them in World Tour races) will be the blue-fuchsia-green riders who’s spending the longest-lasting period in the team (his biography: www.teamlampremerida.com/en/team/atleti/matteo-bono/).

The prolongation of the contract is very important for LAMPRE-MERIDA because enriches the team roster with a cyclist who gives a stable contribution of experience, energies and racing skills: he’s one of the best riders in the world for supporting the team’s captains, as the blue-fuchsia-green team manager Brent Copeland confirmed: “Matteo exclusively raced in our team during his career, giving us the opportunity to appreciate the regular improvement of his skills that set him now on a tol level for his role.

It’s also important to point out that he’s more than a domestique, as it’s confirmed by the four victories he obtained during his career and by the breakaways in the past season in Milano-Sanremo, Giro d’Italia and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, when he reached the summit of the Redoute as solitary leader of the race.

He’ll be a good model for the young talents in the team“.

Bono looks forward to 2015: “My 2014 season has just ended in Tour of Hainan, I’m going to spend some days on holidays but soon I’ll start again working in view of 2015.

After so many years, it’s such a magic feeling to receive the trust by the team, the sponsors and the collegues, I thanks them all for this amazing thing.

My commitment is to givwe always the best for the team and for my team mates in order to achieve together the best results“.

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2015 and 2016: LAMPRE-MERIDA and Cimolai still together

2015 and 2016: LAMPRE-MERIDA and Cimolai still together

Speed and stamina, talent and determination: these are the signature qualities of Davide Cimolai (photo Bettini), who has almost completed his path towards the full maturity and who welcomed the decision by LAMPRE-MERIDA to prolong the contract for the next two years.

The twenty-five years old fron North Italy signed an agreement for wearing blu-fuchsia-green colors during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, so that he will be granted a two year period during which he’ll have the opportunity to strengthen his skills and to improve the good results he has obtained up to now: even if he has not yet won, in the past two seasons Cimolai was close to the top result in World Tour races such the Tour de France (4th in the 2nd stage in 2013 and 9th in the 4th stage in 2014), the Tirreno-Adriatico (6th in the 3rd stage in 2013), the Critérium du Dauphiné (5th in the 3rd stage), the Eneco Tour (3rd in the 1st stage) and in Vattenfall Cyclassics (7th).

I’m very happy for the prolongation of the contract for the next two seasons: it’s a huge satisfaction seeing the trust by the team management, by the Galbusera family from Lampre and by Merida – Cimolai explained – In the past three years I improved my skills a lot, I’m sure the next season will be important for my definitive full maturity“.

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Bonifazio 2nd in the overall classification and winner of the points standing

Bonifazio 2nd in the overall classification and winner of the points standing

The 2014 season of LAMPRE-MERIDA ended with the 2nd place by Niccolò Bonifazio in the overal classification of Tour of Hainan.

The team of the sport director Simone Pedrazzini completed the Chinese race obtaining a total of 4 victories, the points standing by Bonifazio, in addition to the many presences on the podium and to the 2nd place of Bonifazio at 22″ to the winner Antomarchi (7th place for Mori).

The last stage (Dangzhou-Chengmai, 165,7 km) was won by the Dutch cyclist Wippert, who could resist with three breakaway mates to the chase of the bunch: few meters prevented the group to overtake the attackers, who had escaped after 20 km in the race.
The chase was organized only by LAMPRE-MERIDA, thanks to the efforts by Bono, Xu Gang, Mori and Palini, but no other teams gave any help, considering that the attackers were far away from Antomarchi in the overall classifciation.
Despite the chase, the Wippert could defend few meters, so Ferrari could not exploit the opportunity to take part in the sprint for a top result (he was 6th).

We did know well this race, so for us everything was new – sport director Pedrazzini explained – Thanks to the good fit of the riders and to a great team spirit, we realized very good performances and we made this race rich of satisfactions for us.
It was not simple, because when you can rely on only 6 riders, you can’t alway control the race“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Wipper 4h09’38″
2- Kurek s.t.
3- Voropayev s.t.
4- Salleh s.t.
5- Ho s.t.
6- Ferrari s.t.

FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Antomarchi 35h02’00″
2- Bonifazio 22″
3- Zeits 25″
4- Goncalves 1’06″
5- El Fares 1’10″
7- Mori 1’13″, 18- Ferrari 3’03″, 35- Bono 11’57″, 45- Xu 15’18″, 46- Palini 16’53″

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Bonifazio extra fast: hat trick in China

Bonifazio extra fast: hat trick in China

When there’s the opportunity of a sprint, LAMPRE-MERIDA tends to monopolize the scene of Tour of Hainan.
Fourth blue-fuchsia-green victory in the Chinese race, third suceess for Bonifazio who won the 8th stage, the Wuzhishan-Danzhou of 154,1 km.
The twenty years old cyclist realized once again a perfect sprint, completing the perfect job by the team preceding Cantwell and his team mates Palini and Ferrari (photo).
Bonifazio climbed up to the 2nd place of the overall classification, at 22″ to the leader Antomarchi and with 3″ of advantage on Zeits (3rd).

The victory for LAMPRE-MERIDA in 2014 are now 27, 6 successes for Bonifazio.

Today we were working for two targets: the stage victory and the second place of the overall classification that could be obtained thanks to the seconds of the bonuses – Bonifazio explained – The race was very frantic form the beginning, because there was a 1st category climb in the early kilometer and the intermediate sprint just after the downhill.
I kept calm, I was able to recover the head of the race in the downhill and I won the intermediate sprint and the 3″ of bonus.
Then, a breakaway led the race until 10 km to go, when the efforts of Bono, Xu Gang and the Pomme Marseille 13, the team of the leader Antomarchi, completed the chase.
Ferrari gave me the perfect support as usual in view of the sprint and I could hit the target once again“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Bonifazio 3h52’13″
2- Cantwell s.t.
3- Palini s.t.
4- Ferrari s.t.
5- Kamishev s.t.
25- Mori s.t., 66- Bono 41″, 70- Xu 2’05″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Antomarchi 30h52’22″
2- Bonifazio 22″
3- Zeits 25″
4- Goncalves 1’06″
5- El Fares 1’10″

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