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Cattaneo is going to sign prolongation for 2015 and 2016

Cattaneo is going to sign prolongation for 2015 and 2016

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA have come to an agreement to renew the contract of an Italian young talented rider that will be for sure protagonist in the next future on the top level of cycling.

Mattia Cattaneo (photo Bettini), born in 1990, will sign the contract renewal with the blue-fuchsia-green team for 2015 and 2016 seasons.

The Italian rider became pro in 2013 joining Team LAMPRE-MERIDA, after having obtained as Under 23 many important victory as 2011 edition of Giro d’Italia Under 23.

In pro world, Cattaneo has already taken part in two Giro d’Italia and in Classics such as Tour de Flandres and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, in addition to other World Tour races in which he demonstrated his qualities and he added experience to his background that will help him to have interesting aims in the next seasons.

“I’m very happy I’ll be able to go on in my cycling career wearing LAMPRE-MERIDA’s jersey: in this team I can find all the necessary skills to improve my quality as cyclist. In addition, I think it’s a perfect group to grow up as athlete”, Cattaneo explained.

This is the comment by team manager Brent Copeland: “Mattia is one of the most competitive young Italian cyclists, so we’re very satisfied he’ll race for our team in the next year too.

During the current season, Cattaneo’s improvements have been remarkable, I’m sure he’ll soon perform in LAMPRE-MERIDA further steps towards a top cycling level.

Considering his improvement in time trial, in the next season he’ll have the chance to fight in short stages races, while he’ll be later able to aim to be protagonist in great tours.

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Serpa, a days as a lion; Rui’s word after the withdrawal

Serpa, a days as a lion; Rui’s word after the withdrawal

Josè Serpa is nicknamed the “Lion from Bucaramanga” after his grind and dignity, that are qualities he demonstrated once again during the 16th stage of Tour de France, the longest one of 2014 edition of the Grande Boucle.

The riders covered 237,5 km from Carcassonne to Bagneres de Luchon, with the demanding climbs of Portet d’Aspet, of Col des Ares and of Port de Balès.
The key moment of the stage was the attack of 21 riders after 30 km in the race: Serpa (photo Bettini), who is supported by a good condition, could be a member of the breakaway that could have a maximum advantage on the bunch of 12′.

The Colombian climber from LAMPRE-MERIDA succeeded in being always in the head of the race, while the breakaway group was gradually selected by the course. Serpa reached for first the summit of Port de Balès, at 21,5 km to go, just before approaching the donwhill to the arrival with Rogers and Vockler, that were few kilometers later joined by Kiryienka and Gautier.
At 4 km to go, Rogers made the winning attack and the other breakaway mates could only sprint for the second place: Serpa was 4th.

“I was aware I was the strongest on the climbs, but it would have been an hazardous move to attack when there still were more than 20 km to the arrival – Serpa explained – Everyone know Rogers was the favourite and I tried to pay attention to every movements he did, but it was not possible to follow him when he attacked: once he had more than 10 meters of advantage, it’s impossible to chase him.
It’s a pity I could not exploit this occasion to give my team a satisfaction after tht Rui Costa quit the race”.

The world champion, who did not start today stage because of an outbreak of pneumonia, said these words to comment his withdrawal:

Yesterday, during the rest, day, I pedaled in a light training but, when I came back to the team hotel, I had bad feelings and I started suffering for temperature and muscles pains.
I went to hospital and X-ray examination showed an outbreak of pneumonia.

I wanted to wait until this morning in order to evaluate my condition, but today my health  situation has not changed , I’m feeling even worse, as  a truck hit me.

Luckily, also thanks to Doctor Beltemacchi, we could understand in time the seriousness of the situation.

I would have liked to go on in Tour de France, in order to honor such important race and to try to give satisfactions to my team and my fans, but it was necessary to quit the race in order to avoid even more serious health problem“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Rogers 6h07’10″
2- Voeckler 9″
3- Kiriyenka s.t.
4- Serpa s.t.
5- Gautier
38- Horner 12’08″, 78- Oliveira 20’44″, 81- Durasek s.t., 160- Cimolai 26’47″ 

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 73h05’19″
2- Valverde 4’37″
3- Pinot 5’06″
4- Peraud 6’08″
20- Horner 29’54″ 

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Broncopneumonia: Rui Costa says goodbay to Grande Boucle

Broncopneumonia: Rui Costa says goodbay to Grande Boucle

Rui Costa will not be in Carcassone this morning for the start of the 16th stage of this years Tour de France.

The world champion, 13th in the overall standings, was forced to retire after an X-ray examination, carried out during the rest day at a clinic in Pezenas, showed an outbreak of pneumonia.

For the past week, Rui Costa (photo Bettini) has been suffering from bronchitis, which was held in a stable phase after antibiotic therapy.

On the rest day however the world champion woke up to a worse feeling than the past and a general state of fatigue: accompanied by Dr. Beltemacchi, doctor of Team Lampre-MERIDA, Rui Costa was subjected to various tests and X-rays which led to the diagnosis and forced the doctor to take the decision for Rui not to continue in this years Tour de France.

Rui Costa was very willing to continue and respect the Tour, therefore he wanted to get through the night in order to assess his condition in the morning, but the persistent state of not feeling well and the risk of forfeiting the rest of the season has convinced the world champion to retire from the race.

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Sprinters time, Rui Costa in the head group, Oliveira 18th

Sprinters time, Rui Costa in the head group, Oliveira 18th

The 15th stage of Tour de France (Tallard-Nimes, 222 km) was a sprinters suitable passage from the Alps to the Pyrenean stages that are scheduled just after tomorrow rest day.

Despite a simple course, the fast wheels risked to miss their meeting with the sprint because of the two attackers Bauer and Elmiger, whose breakaway was neutralized onlt few meters before the finish line.

Kristoff won the sprint preceding Haussler and Sagan.

For LAMPRE-MERIDA, Rui Costa was in the head group and obtained the 25th place, with team mate Oliveira 18th (photo Bettini)  and Durasek 59th.

Horner could not be in the head peloton, since the bunch was slip in different smaller groups because of the wind and of some showers that the riders meet on the course: Vuelta 2013 winner reached the arrival with in late.

“Cimolai was not in perfect condition, so he could not be our captain for a sprinters suitable stage as today one was – sport director Matxin explained – The only chance to be protagonist today was to join a breakaway, but the attack that obtained freedom by the bunch had only two members and, at the beginning, it was common thought that the action could not reach the arrival. Actually, it was more difficult than was was thought to neutralize the breakaway.

Tomorrow we’ll try to recover all the energies in order to face the final week with the aim of being protagonist with grind and with a fighting spirit”.

STAGE RESULTS

1- Kristoff 4h56’43″

2- Haussler s.t.

3- Sagan s.t.

4- Greipel s.t.

18- Oliveira s.t.

25- Rui Costa s.t., 59- Durasek s.t., 124- Serpa 2’05″, 129- Horner 2’19″, 167- Cimolai 12’20″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1- Nibali 66h49’37″

2- Valverde 4’37″

3- Bardet 4’50″

4- Pinot 5’06″

5- Van Garderen 5’49″

13- Rui Costa 12’57″

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Painful Alps: Rui and Chris in late, Valls quits the race

Painful Alps: Rui and Chris in late, Valls quits the race

“Today I lived a very difficult day, surely the most complicated in this Tour de France”.
These words by Rui Costa summarize perfectly what the 14th stage has been for the world champion and for Team LAMPRE-MERIDA.
The 177 km from Grenoble to Risoul, with Col du Lautaret, Col d’Izoard and the summit arrival on a 1st category Gpm recored large gaps for Rui Costa, 24th at 4’46″ to the winner Majka, and for Chris Horner, 55th at 13’39″.
In the overall classification, Rui Costa is 13th at 12’57″, Horner is 22nd at 23’59″ to Nibali.

“When you’r facing such huge efforts, it could be simple to give up, but I don’t want to surrender – Rui Costa said – I fought with the aim of completing the stage in the best possible way: on such demanding course and with the problem of bronchitis, it was not possible to do better than this.
I thank my team and my mates for the support, I’ll try to live better days in this Tour de France in order to give them a satisfaction”.

LAMPRE-MERIDA lost a goood climber such Rafael Valls: because of a knee tendinitis, the Spanish rider had to quit the race.

The only blue-fuchsia-green cyclist that could be consider as good his stage is Josè Serpa (photo Bettini), who was protagonist in the breakaway of 17 riders that led the race for most of the course.

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Chris and Rui, close-knit couple: the world champion is 9th

Chris and Rui, close-knit couple: the world champion is 9th

American and Portuguese, winner of Vuelta 2013 and 2013 world champion: the LAMPRE-MERIDA duo Chris Horner-Rui Costa (photo Bettini) showed in the 13th stage of Tour de France (Saint Etienne-Chamrousse, 197,5 km with one Kom of 3rd category, one Kom of 1st category and the hors category summit arrival) their very good harmony and the will to fight for common targets.

On the final climb in the head group the top riders started the fight and Nibali began his action that gave him the stage victory: that’s when Rui Costa find in Horner a very important support to limit the gap to the chasers group.

The world champion crossed the fjnish line in 15th place, at 3’01″ to Nibali: this performance allowed him to be back in the top 10 of the overall classification, in fact he’s 9th at 8’35″ to the yellow jersey.

Horner, after he gave his help to Rui, completed the stage in 17th place (+3’11″) and he’s 15th in the overall ranking.

Blue-fuchsia-green athletes were protagonist also in the early part of the stage, thanks to Serpa, who joined the first breakaway of the stage (the action was later neutralized) and thanks to Durasek, who was one of the 9 members of an important attack that had the premises to reach the arrival but that, on the contrary, had to face the chase by the bunch.

“Comparing to yesterday and to Wednesday, today I was feeling better – Rui Costa said – I’m not still so good to fight in the very first positions, but relying on the grind and on the perfect support by Chris I could limit the gap. I hope I’ll go on improving the condition day by day”.

This is the comment by Hornern: “The final climb, because of the heat and of the pace, was very demanding. I was feeling good, but not so good to be able to battle for a top result, so I preferred to support Rui, setting a rythm that could be good for both. I think we succeeded in reaching the arrival in a short gap”.

STAGE RESULTS

1- Nibali 5h12’29″

2-Majka 10″

3- Konig 11″

4- Valverde 50″

15- Rui Costa 3’01″

17- Horner 3’11″

72- Valls 32’22″, 76- Durasek s.t., 82- Serpa s.t., 106- Oliveira 38’38″, 167- Cimolai 40’42″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1- Nibali 56h44’03″

2- Valverde 3’37″

3- Bardet 4’24″

4- Pinot 4’40″

9- Rui Costa 8’35″

15- Horner 10’44″

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Despite the antibiotic therapy, Rui Costa is in the head group

Despite the antibiotic therapy, Rui Costa is in the head group

Despite the fact he was debilitated by the antibiotic therapy, that was necessary in order to face the bronchitis he’s suffering for, Rui Costa (Bettini photo) uses his class to pedal in the head bunch until the end of the 12th stage of Tour de France, 185,5 km from Bourg en Bresse to Saint Etienne.

The impressions of the World Champion: “Today I can say to be more happy, the feelings are much improved compared to yesterday, a day when i really suffered a lot because of this bronchitis that is debilitating. I think I’m back to 70% of my strength, thanks to the antibiotics therapy that was prescribed by the doctor of the Team and I am confident that I can still improve in the coming days. The race for me today was quiet without too many worries, the final had many ups and downs that I’ve faced quietly in the belly of the group.”

Sixty riders could reach Saint Etienne in the head group, that was selected on the two Kom that characterized the final 50 km of the stage (Col de Brosses, 3rd category, and Cote de Grammond, 4th category at 20 km to the finish).

Also thanks to the support of their mates, both Rui Costa and Horner approached the climbs in good positions, so that they can obtain the 48th and the 22nd places on the final sprint that assigned the victory to Kristoff on Sagan and Demare.

Gallopin was on late at the arrival, so the LAMPRE-MERIDA duo could climb one position in the overall classification: Rui Costa is 13th and Horner is 16th.

STAGE RESULTS

1- Kristoff 4h32’11″

2- Sagan s.t.

3- Demare s.t.

4- Albasini s.t.

5- Navardauskas s.t.

22- Horner s.t.

48- Rui Costa s.t.

103- Durasek 2’24″, 108- Serpa s.t., 134- Valls 5’45″, 160- Oliveira 10’12″, 166- Cimolai s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1-Nibali 51h31’34″

2-Porte 2’23″

3-Valverde 2’47″

4-Bardet 3’01″

5-Pinot 3’47″

13- Rui Costa 5’34″

16- Horner 7’33″ 

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Horner can be happy, breathing problems for Rui Costa

Horner can be happy, breathing problems for Rui Costa

After the rest day, the Grande Boucle was on the French roads again with a stage that had its topic moments in the final part.
The 187,5 km from Besancon to Oyonnax were in fact characterized by 4 Kom (three of 3rd category and one of 4th category) all packed in the final 44 km.

Gallopin laughs for the joy of the victory, that he obtained thanks to a solo attack he started on the final hill; Chris Horner smiles since he could be in the 35 members group of athletes that chased Gallopin and that could crossed the finish line just after the winner; Rui Costa (photo Bettini) feels sorry because he suffered for breathing problems that caused him to finish the stage 1’36″ after Gallopin.

In the overall classification, Rui Costa dropped to the 14th place, at 5’34″ to Nibali; Horner is still 17th at +7’33″.

“Today I had not the beest feelings, nevertheless I managed to be at the arrival in the top riders group – Horner explained – Since I knew I was not so competitive in the climbs, I focused my attention on covering the donwhills in the early positions, so that I could rely on small advantages in approaching the hills”.

Rui Costa said: “Obviously, I’m not satisfied for my performance. I suffered from the start and I thought the reason was the temperature increase after days of cold temperature and rain.
After the stage, team doctor visited me and I understood I’m facing bronchitis: I hope I’ll be able to recover soon, so that I’ll have the chance to repay the support of the team and of my team mates, that today too were great in helping me during the worse moments in order to reduce the gap”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Gallopin 4h35’45″
2- Degenkolb s.t.
3- Trentin s.t.
4- Bennati s.t.
33- Horner s.t.
48- Rui Costa 1’36″, 61- Durasek s.t., 67- Valls 1’42″, 90- Serpa 9’42″, 104- Oliveira 18’25″, 168- Cimolai 20’26″  

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 46h59’23″
2- Porte 2’23″
3- Valverde 2’47″
4- Bardet 3’01″
14- Rui Costa 5’34″
17- Horner 7’33″

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Rui Costa back in the top 10, now he’s 9th

Rui Costa back in the top 10, now he’s 9th

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Valls joins the main breakaway and he’s 13th

Valls joins the main breakaway and he’s 13th

Rafael Valls, who is awaited to good performances on the climbs of Tour de France after he demonstrated in Tour de Suisse to be very competitive on the mountains, spent almost the whole 9th stage of Tour de France (270 km from Gerardmer to Mulhouse) pedaling in the breakaway that led the race.

As by reccomendation by the team’s sport directors, the Spanish climber (photo Bettini) paid attention in the early kilometers of the stage to the various attempts of escaping, joining the biggest one that counted 30 members.
The bunch gave freedom to this breakaway that could get a good advantage: during the stage, Tony Martin counter attacked and he reached the arrival for a solo victory.
Valls finished the stage in the first chasers group, obtaining the 13th place at 2’45″ to the winner.

The yellow jersey bunch reached Mulhouse 7’46″ later, that means that Gallopin, who was in the breakaway, is the new leader of the race.
Rui Costa is now 11th, since Machado, Rolland and Gallopin overtook him.

“It was important to race carefully in order to avoid problems in the downhills of the six Kom of the stage – sport director Matxin explained – We achieve this goal, as Valls did in the best way his assignment of joining breakaways if they would have count a large number of riders: Rafael demonstrated that the team can rely on him for the next stages on the mountains”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Martin 4h09’34″
2- Cancellara 2’45″
3- Van Avermaet s.t.
4- Dumoulin s.t.
13- Valls s.t.
41- Oliveira 7’46″, 43- Rui Costa s.t., 44- Horner s.t., 81- Durasek s.t., 83- Serpa s.t., 178- Cimolai 21’38″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Gallopin 38h08’38″
2- Nibali 1’34″
3- Machado 2’40″
4- Fuglsang 3’18″
11- Rui Costa 4’26″
24- Horner 7’46″ 

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