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Queen stage: Oliveira and Plaza are brave attackers

Queen stage: Oliveira and Plaza are brave attackers

Queen stage in the Vuelta a Espana and full load of climbs.

The Andorra la Vella-Cortal d’Encamps, 11th stage of the Spanish race, compressed in 138 km four 1st category climbs (Collada de Beixalis just after the start, the Coll d’Ordino with summit at the 32nd km, theColl de la Rabassa with summit at the 72nd km and the final climb to the arrival at 2095 mt of altitude.

This huge amount demanding climbs did not scare the LAMPRE-MERIDA duo Nelson Oliveira-Rubén Plaza, who joined in the early kilometers a 19 cyclists breakaway and who led the race giving high exposure to the team’s colors: Plaza won the Kom of the Coll d’Ordino, Oliveira (photo Bettini) was the first rider to attack from the head group (which had been restricted to 5 riders, namely Oliveira, Landa, Boswell, Sicard and Poljanski) in the first part of the final climb.
The reaction to the attack of Oliveira came from Landa, who succeeded in keeping a high pace which gave him the victory.
LAMPRE-MERIDA’s Portuguese cyclist was overtook by the new red jersey Aru at 2,5 km to go and he reached the finish line in 11th position (+3’04”).

We were aware that the stagw would have been very very demanding, but our riders were not scared and Oliveira and Plaza succeeded in being protagonists – sport director Maini commented – It was of main importance to be competitive just after the stage, because there was a climb to cover after few kilometers: Nelson and Rubén were ready and their legs gave them the opportunity to be in the breakaway.
Plaza had no luck, because he were dropped from the front group because he needed a technical assistance, while Oliveira succeeded in pedaling in the breakaway and he even tried to anticipate the opponents on the last climb“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Landa 4h34’54”
2- Aru 1’22”
3- Boswell 1’40”
4- Moreno 1’57”
5- Rodriguez 1’59”
11- Oliveira 3’40”
64- Plaza 21’13”, 83- Durasek 24’34”, 129- Koshevoy 29’16”, 148- Cattaneo 31’57”, 150- Conti s.t., 158- Grmay s.t., 171- Richeze 33’39”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Aru 43h12’19”
2- Rodriguez 27″
3- Dumoulin 30″
4- Majka 1’28”
5- Chaves 1’29”
37- Oliveira 33’24”

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Two races in Belgium and France for LAMPRE-MERIDA in the weekend

Two races in Belgium and France for LAMPRE-MERIDA in the weekend

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Ulissi ospite di Laboratorio del Caffè il 4 settembre a Milano

Ulissi ospite di Laboratorio del Caffè il 4 settembre a Milano

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Conti 10th at the end of a lively stage

Conti 10th at the end of a lively stage

The 10th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, la Valencia-Castellon of 146,6, ended the first week of the Spanish race.

The course was short and with two climbs, the 3rd category one of Puerto del Oronet after 23 km in the stage and the hill of 2nd category of Alto del Desierto de las Palmas, whose summit was at 17 km to the arrival.

The fact that  the first stage was so close to the start promoted an intense battle which generated a large breakaway of 41 riders, which however did not had a large advantage.
The peloton controlled the action and the attack was neutralized at 60 km to the arrival, before that the climb of Alto del Desierto de las Palmas selected the bunch, reducing it at 57 riders, including the blue-fuchsia-green athletes Conti, Durasek and Oliveria.
The Portuguese time trial champion tried an attack at 3,5 km to go, but the group reacted and it approached the sprint at full speed: Conti (photo Bettini) faced the sprint with determination and he succeeded in recovering positions until his front wheel was touched by the bike of Montaguti, who had had a contact with another riders.
Conti could not overtake other riders and he obtained the 10th place; victory for Sbaragli on Degekolb and Rojas.

The Vuelta’s leader in the first rest day of Tuesday is Dumoulin.

Another one stage in which we raced in the front of the race and in which we were competitive until the end – sport director Vicino explained – Our cyclist with the best qualities to obtain a top result was Richeze, but unfortunately we were not able to give him the best assistance which could have helped Maximiliano to close the gap to the head group after that he had reached the summit of the last climb with a small gap“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Sbaragli 3h12’43”
2- Degekolb s.t.
3- Rojas s.t.
4- Van der Sande s.t.
5- Goncalves s.t.
10- Conti s.t.
35- Oliveira s.t., 41- Durasek s.t., 66- Richeze 2’47”, 85- Cattaneo 7’38”, 113- Plaza 10’50”, 124- Grmay s.t., 145- Koshevoy s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Dumoulin 38h34’56”
2- Rodriguez 57″
3- Chaves 59″
4- Aru 1’13”
5- Valverde 1’17”
41- Oliveira 32’52”

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Cattaneo demonstrated his skills in a breakaway

Cattaneo demonstrated his skills in a breakaway

Dumoulin won the 9th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, 168,3 km starting from Torrevieja and summit arrival on the Alto Cumbre del Sol.
Two faces course: first 120 km completely flat before the first passage on Alto Cumbre del Sol (3,3 km, 8,9% of average degree, maximum 19%), which was a foretaste of the second and final climb on the same hill, which was 800 meters longer.

On Spanish Sunday, the star of Mattia Cattaneo (photo Bettini) shone in the main breakaway of the stage, which began few kilometers after the start: 13 athletes succeded in having a maximum advantage of more than 5′ and the Italian young gun waited the first climb for raising the rythm and selecting the leading group to 4 riders (Fraile, Serry and Bagot, in addition to Cattaneo) which reached the summit of the Kom with 2’30” on the bunch.
In the downhill, the head group were joined by Jim, Tjallingi, Thomas and Bouet and could defend 1′ of advantage on the chasing group until the approach of the final climb.
The gap was soon neutralized, just before a series of attack began: Dumoulin win the stage and obtained the leadership of the overall classification.

Once again, a crash characterized the stage, involving many cyclists and four LAMPRE-MERIDA’s athletes, namely Grmay, Koshevoy, Conti and Durasek, but none of them suffered consequences.

“I lived a very good day and I succeeded in joining a good breakaway, unfortunatley the bunch did not give us enough freedom: it would have been a very interesting chance for trying to achieve a big goal – Cattaneo explained – We would have needed  two more minutes for aiming to avoid the chase of the top riders group, in that case I could have obtained a good result, even if the breakaway members were strong riders.
I’ll try again in the next stages, my fit is going better and better”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Dumoulin 4h09’55”
2- Froome 2″
3- Rodriguez 5″
4- Aru 16″
5- Majka 18″
31- Oliveira 2’17”
50- Plaza 4’54”, 69- Cattaneo 7’05”, 131- Durasek 15’51”, 160- Grmay 19’10, 161- Koshevoy 19’18”, 177- Conti 21’20”, 178- Richeze 21’21”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Dumoulin 35h22’13”
2- Rodriguez 57″
3- Chaves 59″
4- Roche 1’07”
5- Valverde 1’09”
45- Oliveira 32’52”

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Rui Costa 26th in France and an improving form

Rui Costa 26th in France and an improving form

In France it was the day of the Gp Plouay, which was held on the distance of 229,1 km as total amount of the 8 passages on a 26,9 km circuit and the final lap of 13,9 km with, in close sequence, the two hills of the race, namely the Cote du Lezot and the Cote de Ty Marrec.

Long breakaway for five riders who led the stage since few kilometers in the stage, having a maximum advantage of 11′.
The bunch controlled the breakaway and reacted in time to neutralize this action at 44 km to the arrival, just before 7 other riders counter-attacked.
The new leading group, in which there was also the blue-fuchsia-green jersey of Matteo Bono, could not obtain more than 1′ of advantage on the chasing peloton, which was selected at 50 riders: Bono and other 4 riders were dropped from the breakaway to the main group, while Lutsenko and Dillier led the race until 3 km to go, when they were joined by other riders who had attacked from the bunch.

Despite these efforts, it was not possible to avoid the massive sprint solution: the gap from the head of the race was closed and Kristoff crossed for first the finish line.

For LAMPRE-MERIDA, Rui Costa demonstrated his improving condition by reaching the arrival in the head group, obtaining the 26th place.

The best feedbacks are the ones that came from Rui Costa, who shown a quite good form which is going to be improved soon – sport director Mauduit (in photo Bettini, with Rui Costa) explained – Rui reched the summit of the last climb of the race, together with Ulissi, in the front of the bunch, but there was no opportunity to select the peloton.
Previously, Bono had been great in joining an interesting attack, which howere could not avoid to be reached by the chasing group.
For the sprint solution, our captain was Cimolai, but he had not a very good day: he tried hard to be in the head group, but the very high pace was not suitable for him“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Kristoff 5h31’32”
2- Ponzi s.t.
3- Navardauskas s.t.
4- Bole s.t.
5- Roelandts
26- Rui Costa s.t.
70- Ulissi 12″, 77- Mori 28″, 78- Pibernik s.t., 124- Bono 9′, 125- Ferrari s.t,, 126- Cimolai s.t., Polanc dnf

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Durasek demonstrates his qualities as climber

Durasek demonstrates his qualities as climber

For the first time in Vuelta a Espana 2015, LAMPRE-MERIDA was not represented by one of its riders in the first breakaway of the stage, however the attacking mood of the team was well depicted by Kristijan Durasek (in photo Bettini, the Croatian climber at the start).

The 8th stage of the Spanish race was held on the distance of 182,5 km with start from Puebla de Don Fabrique and arrival in Murcia after two passages on the climb of Alto de la Cresta del Gallo (first one at 36 km to go and second one at -17 km).
Before the double passage on the mountain, a crash livened up the stage at 50 km to go, when still 6 riders (surprise, no blue-fuchsia-green cyclists among the members) were leading the race: some top riders, such as Martin and Van Garderen, had to quit the Vuelta, while for LAMPRE-MERIDA Oliveira and Plaza had to chase the group after having received mechanical assistance.

The peloton was once again united on the first passage on the Alto de la Cresta del Gallo, but on the second ascension Durasek demonstrated his climbing skills by realizing an impressive attack which allowed him to join the duo Brambilla-Roosen who were leading the stage in that moment.
The downhilll gave to other riders the opportunity to come back on the head of the race, for a leading group of 50 cyclists: despite some crashes and further attacks, the group battled in a massive sprint in which Durasek was 17th; victory for Styuven on Bilbao.

Many escape attempts and high speed in the first part of today stage too: when only 6 riders succeeded in escaping from the bunch, we knew that they would had few chances to avoid the chase of the peloton, which had the will to don’t give freedom to the breakaways – sport director Maini explained – The crash change the plans of many teams, but Durasek allowed us to be in the head of the race: he was great and he battled until the end of the race.
Richeze too realized a good performance, thanks to great legs which gave him the opportunity to be just behind the top riders group on the second passage on the climb: for few meters, he could not join this group and so he lost the opportunity to take part in the final sprint in which he would had fought for a top result“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Styuven 4h06’35”
2- Bilbao s.t.
3- Reza s.t.
4- Visconti s.t.
5- Sbaragli s.t.
17- Durasek s.t.
68- Richeze 8’25”, 93- Cattaneo 9’53”,  113- Plaza 11’42”, 134- Grmay 13’43”, 174- Koshevoy 15’38”, 177- Oliveira s.t., 178- Conti s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Chaves 31h12’18”
2- Dumoulin 10″
3- Roche 36″
4- Valverde 49″
5- Rodriguez 56″
50- Plaza 29’14”

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Koshevot 2nd at the end of a long breakaway

Koshevot 2nd at the end of a long breakaway

Second, as the place of Ilia Koshevoy (see here for his profile), neo-pro, at the arrival.

Six, as the stages in a row in which LAMPRE-MERIDA succeeded in having one of its cyclists in the main breakaway of each day.

In the 7th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, 191,1 km starting from Jodar and with summit arrival at La Alpujarra (18,7 km, average degree 5%), Ilia Koshevoy (who had already attacked in the 3rd stage) was the representant for LAMPRE-MERIDA in the main breakaway, which escaped from the bunch after 10 km.
Together with four riders (Txurruka, Quintero, Cousin and Lindeman), Koshevoy had a maximum advantage of 14′, which were reduced at 6′ in the approach of the final climb and at 3’30” at 10 km to go.

The blue-fuchsia-green rider made several attack attempts and he succeeded in reducing the head group at 3 riders, in fact only Cousin and Lindeman could follow the Byelorussian climber.
A further attack by Koshevoy and a crash of Cousin left Lindeman and LAMPRE-MERIDA’s rider in the front of the stage: unfortunately, in the final part of the climb, where the degree of the road was lighter, the Dutch rider attacked and Koshevoy did not reacted.
The Byelorussian neo-pro was 2nd (photo Bettini), at 9″ to Lindeman.

The group of the top riders did not join the two attackers: Aru was 3rd at 29″ and the red jersey Chaves was 5th at 36″.

Thanks to the result Koshevoy obtained, LAMPRE-MERIDA hit the target of the 50 seasonal podium: 23 victories, 10 second places, 17 third places.

“I was close to obtain an amazing result and to realize a dream: I’m very satisfied for having succeded in to be there fighting for the victory, but of course I’m a bit sad for having found on my path a stronger opponent – Koshevoy commented – I had a good day, my legs were good on the final climb too, so I could tried some attacks were the road was more suitable for me. Unfortunately, Lindeman did not give up, even when he was in bad moments, and in the final kilometer he could perform the winning attack”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Lindeman 5h10’24”
2- Koshevoy 9″
3- Aru 29″
4- Cousin 34″
5- Chaves 36″
32- Plaza 1’33”, 43- Oliveira 3’40”, 63- Grmay 11’23”, 92- Cattaneo 16’45”, 158- Durasek 23’05”, 160- Richeze s.t., 189- Conti 29’06”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Chaves 27h06’13”
2- Dumoulin 10″
3- Martin 33″
4- Roche 36″
5- Valverde 49″
40- Oliveira 15’07”

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Rui Costa, Ulissi and Cimolai top riders for the French race

Rui Costa, Ulissi and Cimolai top riders for the French race

LAMPRE-MERIDA is ready to take part in Gp Plouay, which is scheduled on Sunday 30th August.

The sport director Philippe Mauduit will try to give to the blue-fuchsia-green team the third victory in the history of the French race (2011 Bole, 2013 Pozzato), relying on top riders such as Rui Costa and Ulissi and on the speed of Cimolai, in addition to a very high quality team selection whose members will be Bono, Ferrari, Mori, Pibernik and Polanc.

In the team staff there will be mechanics Bacchion and Bortoluzzo, masseurs Negri and Santerini and the doctor Ronchi.

The race has often been suitable for fast riders who can be competitive on the hills, so LAMPRE-MERIDA’s sprinters Cimolai, Ferrari and Pibernik will be tough opponents for everybody.
If the race will be more selective in the final part, Rui Costa and Ulissi will be ready to join the attacks, as Bono, Mori and Polanc will try to control long distance breakaways.

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Plaza, great 4th place, Durasek in a long lasting breakaway

Plaza, great 4th place, Durasek in a long lasting breakaway

LAMPRE-MERIDA once again protagonist thanks to a breakaway (5th day in a row) and thanks to a rider who could obtain a place in the top 5.

Summit arrival in the 6th stage of the Vuelta a Espana at Sierra de Cazorla (3rd category Kom, 3,3 km at 6,3% at the end of a longer ascent which was approached at 20 km to go), 200 km from the start in Cordoba.

The very high speed in the first part of the stage (48,3 km/h in the first hour) had prevented every attack attempt to escape from the bunch (each time, a blue-fuchsia-green rider took part in the attempts), until Durasek and four cyclists (Gautier, Terpstra, Cummings and Velits) succeeded in taking the lead of the race after 60 km in the stage.

The peloton, led by the Giant-Alpecin, did not allow to the breakaway to have more than 4’30, completing the chase at 10 km to go (only Cummings succeded in resisting further): on the final climb, the pace of the selected bunch (no more than 30 riders, Plaza included) was to high.
An amazing attack gave to Chaves the victory (he preceded for 5″ Martin and Dumoulin) and the red jersey, while Plaza (photo Bettini), after having tried to close the gap from Martin and Dumoulin, obtained the 4th place at 11″ to the winner, preceding Valverde.
Cattaneo crashed without consequences in the final kilometers.

When the action of a great Durasek was definitely over, my team mates began to work in order to allow me to approach the final climb in the front position of the bunch – Plaza explained – This fact was very helpful to me, since it gave me the opportunity to battle in the head positions: Chaves was irresistible, I tried to achieve the best possible result and I’m satisfied for the 4th place“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Chaves 4h46’16”
2- Martin 5″
3- Dumoulin s.t.
4- Plaza 11″
5- Valverde s.t.
62- Oliveira 1’49”, 106- Durasek 5’08”, 144- Conti 9’38”, 146- Grmay s.t., 158- Cattaneo 11’35”, 176- Koshevoy 12’17”, 178- Richeze 12’20”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Chaves 21h55’13”
2- Dumoulin 10″
3- Martin 33″
4- Roche 36″
5- Valverde 49″
58- Oliveira 12’03”

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