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LAMPRE-MERIDA in Spain and in Poland

LAMPRE-MERIDA in Spain and in Poland

After the end of Tour de France, in less than one week LAMPRE-MERIDA is going to take part in two World Tour events.

There will be two European races for blue-fuchsia-green team in the weekend: on Saturday August the 2nd, Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian, on Sunday 3rd August, the start of Tour de Pologne (it will end on 9th August).

At the start of Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian, LAMPRE-MERIDA will rely on Davide Cimolai, Kristijan Durasek, Elia Favilli, Nelson Oliveira, Jan Polanc, Maximiliano Richeze, Josè Serpa, Rafael Valls.
Team will be directed by Matxin, who’ll be helped by mechanic Bortoluzzo, masseurs Capelli, Leboso, Redaelli and by doctor Ronchi.

The Basque race could offer to Cimolai, Durasek, Oliveira and Serpa the chance to exploit their condition after the end of Tour de France, relying also on the fighting spirit they showed in the last week of the Grande Boucle.
The course of the race could be suitagle for the four riders, but also for Favilli and Polanc.
Richeze and Valls will race in order to check their health after the injuries that forced them to quit the Tour de France.

In Tour de Pologne will honor blue-fuchsia-green colors these cyclists: Niccolò Bonifazio, Matteo Bono, Mattia Cattaneo, Damiano Cunego, Roberto Ferrari, Sacha Modolo, Manuele Mori and Przemyslaw Niemiec.
Sport director Maini and Marzano will direct the team, receiving the support by masseurs Chiodini, Napolitano and Santerini, by mechanics Possoni, San Emeterio and Viganò and by doctor De Grandi.

Niemiec, Cunego and Cattaneo will be protagonist in the toughest stages, also taking care of the overall classification; Bonifazio, Ferrari and Modolo will fight in the sprints; Bono and Mori will give their experience to coordinate the team during the race.

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Serpa attacks in Paris, Horner 17th in the final ranking

Serpa attacks in Paris, Horner 17th in the final ranking

Josè Rodolfo Serpa Perez, the only one Colombian cyclist that is still in Tour de France, once again pointed out what are the two words that characterized the third week of the Grande Boucle for LAMPRE-MERIDA: grind and attack.

The Lion from Bucaramanga was in fact in a breakawayin the final stage of Tour, Evry-Paris (137,5 km), escaping from the bunch when the race approached the roads of the Ville Lumière. Serpa attacked with Porte, Fonseca and Morkov at 30 km to go, leading the race to -11km.
The pace of the peloton raised because of the action of the sprinters’ teams, so the attackers had to give up their attempt: the massive final sprint was won by Kittel on Renshaw, Cimolai was 17th.

Chris Horner succeeded in completing the Tour de France in the top 20, obtaining the 17th position in the overall classification, at 44’31″ to the winner Nibali. This is a good a achievement for a “guy” that in the early days of April was in hospital with broken ribs, a punctured lung and many wounds.

Team manager from LAMPRE-MERIDA, Brent Copeland, commented upon the performance of the blue-fuchsia-green in the Grande Boucle: “In this Tour de France we had not the chance to exploit the value of our main riders Rui Costa and Modolo, who both had to quit the race because of illness.
Except for the bad luck, we’re proud to have always tried, every time there was the occasion, to take advantage of the great exposure that such amazing race offers: in the final week we always raced attacking with Durasek, Serpa and Horner.
For what concerns Chris, three months ago he was in hospital because of serious wounds, today he’s in Paris and he’s among the 20 best cyclists of the French race: we’re very satisfied for him and we’re happy we were part of the amazing show of Tour de France”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Kittel 3h20’50″
2- Kristoff s.t.
3- Navardauskas s.t.
4- Greipel s.t.
5- Renshaw s.t.
17- Cimolai s.t., 37- Horner 9″, 38- Oliveira s.t., 88- Durasek 24″, 89- Serpa s.t.

OVERALL FINAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 89h59’06″
2- Peraud 7’37″
3- Pinot 8’15″
4- Valverde 9’40″
5- Van Garderen 11’24″
17- Horner 44’31″
46- Durasek 2h21’18″, 48- Serpa 2h29’06″, 87- Oliveira 3h30’06″, 163- Cimolai 5h11’58″

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Oliveira in the top 20 of the TT, Horner still 17th in the overall ranking

Oliveira in the top 20 of the TT, Horner still 17th in the overall ranking

The unique time trial in Tour de France 2014 edition returned two verdicts for Team LAMPRE-MERIDA.

The first one is referred to the stage results: Nelson Oliveira covered the 54 km from Bergerac to Perigueux in 1h09’51″ (average speed 46,385 km/h), obtaining the 17th position and joining the list of the best 20 time trialist of the Grande Boucle.
The gap of the Portuguese national champion to the winner of the stage Tony Martin was of 3’30″.

The second important verdict is the confirm by Chris Horner of the 17th place in the overall classification.
Vuelta a Espana 2013 winner  completed the time trial in 83rd position (+7’16″), so he could kept Nieve (18th) at the bay. The 16th place of Feillu could not be approached, it is still at 47″.

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclists covered the time trial course pedaling on their Merida Warp TT (photo), wearing Rear Zipper Carbon Speedsuits by Champion System, Kabuto helmets and Sidi shoes.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Martin 1h06’21″
2- Dumoulin 1’39″
3- Barta 1’47″
4- Nibali 1’58″
5- Konig 2’02″
17- Oliveira 3’30″
48- Serpa 5’48″, 83- Horner 7’16″, 114- Durasek 8’06″, 129- Cimolai 8’56″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 86h37’52″
2- Peraud 7’52″
3- Pinot 8’24″
4- Valverde  9’55″
5- Van Garderen 11’44″
17- Horner 44’46″ 

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Horner avoids crashes and remains in the 17th place

Horner avoids crashes and remains in the 17th place

Chris Horner (photo Bettini) remains in the 17th place in the overall classification of Tour de France. At the end of the 19th stage, 208,5 km from mabourguet val d’Aourt to Bergerac, the American climber from LAMPRE-MERIDA can rely on 2’06″ of advantage on Nieve, who’s 18th: tomorrow he’ll try to manage this advantage in the 54 km time trial stage. Feillu, who precedes Horner in 16th place, as 52″ on LAMPRE-MERIDA’s rider.

In the 19th stage, that took place under intense showers, Horner obtained the 38th place, avoiding to be involved in the crash that occurred just after the -3 km sign and that caused the break of the peloton in several small groups. The crash gave an important help to Navardauskas, who had attacked in the final kilometers and who could in this way reach the arrival for a solo victory.
All the riders that were pedaling in the bunch when it entered in the last 3 km were given a gap of 7″ to Navardauskas: among these cyclists there were also Horner, Cimolai and Durasek.

Huge regret for Cimolai, as he pointed out: “I was in fifth position in the bunch when Sagan crashed. He hit me and I had to stop pedaling: without this crash, I’m sure I would have obtained a top result”.

“Tomorrow time trial is not so suitable for my characteristics, but this doesn’t mean that I won’t give my best – Horner explained -I’ll be at the start with the goal of defending my 17th place. If I will have good feelings, I’ll even try to go closer to Feillu’s 16th place, that is less than 1′ faraway”.

LAMPRE-MERIDA will focus the attention for the time trial on Nelson Oliveira, Portuguese champion of this kind of race.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Navardauskas 4h43’41″
2- Degenkolb 7″
3- Kristoff s.t.
4- Renshaw s.t.
38- Horner s.t.
45- Durasek s.t., 54- Cimolai s.t., 134- Serpa 5’58″, 158- Oliveira 7’57″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 85h29’33″
2- Pinot 7’10″
3- Peraud 7’23″
4- Valverde 7’25″
17- Horner  39’28″

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Horner attacks on Hautacam: he climbs one place in the ranking

Horner attacks on Hautacam: he climbs one place in the ranking

Last climbs in Tour de France: short stage, 145,5 km from Pau to the summit arrival in Hautacam, after having covered the Col du Tourmalet.

The first part of the race was led by a 20 athletes breakaway, without blue-fuchsia-green riders among the attackers.

The bunch did not allow too much freedom to the attackers, so that the top riders could start the final show on the climb to the arrival.
It was Hautacam that gave Chris Horner (photo Bettini) the occasion to join his team mates Serpa and Durasek (in the breakaway that characterized the two previous stages)  in the list of LAMPRE-MERIDA’s fighting cyclists.
The winner of Vuelta a Espana 2013 attacked at 11 km to go escaping from the top riders group and only Nibali could follow his action and the duo pedaled together for one kilometer, before the yellow jersey raised the speed in order to reach the arrival in a solo victory.

Horner, who spent energies in the attack, completed the stage in 19th position and, thanks to this performance, climbs up one place in the overall classification: he’s 17th.

“I was aware that Nibali was willing to win the stage, so his team would have controlled all the breakaways of the first part of the race: it would have been risky to attack before the final climb – Horner explained – That’s why I preferred to wait the Hautacam climb to try my action: only Nibali could be follow me.
Vincenzo is in an amazing condition, it’s very difficult to resist to his pace, but I hoped he could counter attack a little bit closer to the arrival, but actually he did not wait too much”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Nibali 4h04’17″
2- Pinot 1’10″
3- Majka 1’12″
4- Peraud 1’15″
19- Horner 4’40″
54- Durasek 19’01″, 71- Oliveira 21’45″, 116- Serpa 31’01″, 164- Cimolai 32’14″ 

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 80h45’45″
2- Pinot 7’10″
3- Peraud 7’23″
4- Valverde 7’25″
17- Horner  39’28″

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Durasek in the main breakaway: 17th place at the arrival

Durasek in the main breakaway: 17th place at the arrival

Yesterday Serpa had tried to honor the race for Team LAMPRE-MERIDA, today it was Durasek’s turn to keep blue-fuchsia-green colors in the heat of the race during the second Pyrenean stage, 125,5 km from Saint Gaudens to Sint Lary Soulant, with three 1st category Kom (Col du Portillon, Col du Peyresourde and Col de Val Louron Azet) and the hors category summit arrival.

The Croatian cyclist from LAMPRE-MERIDA was great in pedaling in the main breakaway of the race: it was not a simple task, since the action began on Col du Portillon (Serpa was the first to attack) after that the first hour of the race had been characterized by an intense battle at more than 50 km/h of average speed.
Durasek, winner in 2013 of Tre Valli Varesine, pedaled in the head of the race until the final climb, later he reached the arrival on a pace that gave him the 17th position, at 2’05″ to the winner Majka and at 1’21″ to the yellow jersey Nibali.

Two steps upward for Chris Horner in the overall classification: the American rider, 29th at the arrival at 5’40″ to the winner, is now 18th in the overall classification, at 34’48″ to Nibali.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Majka 3h35’23″
2- Visconti 29″
3- Nibali 46″
4- Peraud s.t.
17- Durasek 2’05″
29- Horner 5’40″, 52- Oliveira 14’17″, 74- Serpa 16’49″, 133- Cimolai 26’50″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 76h41’28″
2- Valverde 5’26″
3- Pinot 6′
4- Peraud 6’08″
18- Horner 34’48″ 

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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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