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Ulissi overcame the hurdles and he’s 3rd

Ulissi overcame the hurdles and he’s 3rd

The rain, a punctured tyre, a crash which involved some riders who were pedaling just before him: Diego Ulissi was stronger than this bunch of adversities and he could obtain the 3rd place in the 12th stage of the Giro d’Italia, the Imola-Vicenza of 190 km.
On the final hill of the Monte Berico, he was preceded by two champions, the winner Gilbert and the pink jersey Contador.

Ulissi came back in the bunch after having faced a puncture of the rear wheel at 50 km to go and later he had to chase again the bunch when, in the downhill from the Kom of Corsara (3rd category, 20 km to go), he had to avoid some cyclists who had crashed just before him.
The Italian talented rider succeded once again to come back in the head group and he could use the remaining energies to sprint on the hill to Monte Berico, obtaining the 3rd place (photo Bettini).

For what concerns the other blue-fuchsia-green riders, they tried to escape from the bunch in the early part of the course, which was covered at a very high speed (average speed over the 50 km/h), but they could not enter in the breakaway which led the race in the central sector of the stage.

In the overall classification, Contador increased his advantage on Aru (+17″).

It’s a pity I had to face a puncture and I had to slow down to avoid the riders who had crashed – Ulissi explained – In order to come back in the bunch, I had to spend energies for 50 km, I missed them in the final sprint, but Gilbert deserve the victory.
From today until the end of the Giro there won’t be many stages suitable for me, so I’ll need to try to join the breakaways if I want to achieve other good results“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Gilbert 4h22’50”
2- Contador 3″
3- Ulissi s.t.
4- Geschke s.t.
5- Battaglin s.t.
60- Polanc 8’31”, 73- Mori 8’49”, 75- richeze 9’18”, 87- Niemiec 13’36”, 94- Modolo s.t., 159- Xu 17’21”, 167- Grmay s.t., 183- Ferrari s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Contador 51h07’06”
2- Aru 17″
3- Landa 55″
4- Cataldo 1’30”
5- Kreuziger 1’55”
36- Niemiec 43’07”

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Meno di 60 giorni all’appuntamento tricolore

Meno di 60 giorni all’appuntamento tricolore

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Pibernik is 3rd in the overall ranking

Pibernik is 3rd in the overall ranking

The LAMPRE-MERIDA could not find the winning move at the end of the 4th stage of the Tour of Japan.

The blue-fuchsia-green team was protagonist for most of the 123,6 km of the course from Minami to Shinshu thanks to Valerio Conti, who escaped from the bunch after 30 km in the race with the South African athlete Girldestone.
The duo led the stage until 25 km to go and, when the bunch became united again, Bonifazio tried a counter-attack, which had no luck.

The last of the 10 laps of the final circuit selected the bunch, with 30 riders leading the race and fighting in the final sprint, in which LAMPRE-MERIDA obtained the 4th and the 5th place thanks to Conti and Pibernik (photo www.toj.co.jp). The Spaniard Prades preceded Phelan and Lebas.

Luka Pibernik climbed one position in the overall classification: he’s 3rd at 9″ to the new leader Phelan.

It’s a pity we could not get the victory after this stage we lived as protagonists – sport director Vicino said – Conti was very competitive and he could be in the breakway, but the Iranian riders led the chase in an intense way.
When the breakaway had been neutralized, Bonifazio tried to attack, but probably it would have been better to wait for the final lap.
Despite the fact that Bonifazio was dropped, we could still rely on Koshevoy, Pirbernik and Conti for the final sprint: Ilia was great in the approach of the sprint, but Pibernik and Conti could not hit the target“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Prades 3h08’31”
2- Phelan s.t.
3- Lebas s.t.
4- Conti s.t.
5- Pibernik s.t.
22- Koshevoy s.t., 52- Bonifazio 6’39”, 53- Mario Costa 9’51”, 66- Feng 12’43”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Phelan 9h54’24”
2- Mancebo 2″
3- Pibernik 9″
4- Lebas 14″
5- Monier 15″

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Wet engine in Imola, Mori 13th

Wet engine in Imola, Mori 13th

The 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia, 153 km from Forlì to Imola, revealed to be a transition stage for the LAMPRE-MERIDA.

Despite some attempts, the blue-fuchsia-green riders could not join the main breakaway of ten riders which led the stage in the rain and gave to the Russian Zakarin the opportunity of a solo counter-attack with which he obtained the victory on the arrival in the Imola speedway.
The former breakaway mates crossed the finish line 53″ later, while Manuele Mori (photo Bettini), the first LAMPRE-MERIDA’s athlete to reach the arrival, was in the top riders group and he obtained the 13th place.

All the other blue-fuchsia-green cyclists were in the second chasers group: they are awaited for tomorrow to start again to be fighting protagonists as in the previous stages.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Zakarin 3h55’08”
2- Betancour 53″
3- Pellizotti s.t.
4- Intxausti s.t.
5- Rosa s.t.
13- Mori 1’02”
79- Ulissi 19’05”, 80- Polanc s.t., 87- Grmay s.t., 102- Niemiec s.t., 137- Modolo s.t., 147- Richeze s.t., 163- Ferrari s.t., 168- Xu s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Contador 46h54’19”
2- Aru 3″
3- Landa 46″
4- Cataldo 1’16”
5- Kreuziger 1’46”
33- Niemiec 29’28”

Posted in Giro d'Italia

Bonifazio 5th in the sprint in Mino

Bonifazio 5th in the sprint in Mino

Massive sprint in the 3rd stage of the Tour of Japan at the end of the 139,4 km of the 3rd stage.

The race was on a quite simple circuit in Mino, with only one hill at 5 km to the arrival.
Eighty riders were in the head group that fight for the victory in the final sprint: for LAMPRE-MERIDA, Niccolò Bonifazio (photo www.toj.co.jp) was supported by the whole team and Feng and Conti were his pilot-fish in the approach of the sprint.

Bonifazio tried a progression which gave to the Italian rider the 5th place, the victory was for Marini on Shpilevskiy.

Niccolò chose to let the opponents start the sprint, in order to try to come back from behind – Bruno Vicino, LAMPRE-MERIDA sport director, explained – Even if this choice gives you the opportunity to exploit the streams of the opponents, it is risky, because it’s always difficult to find the necessary space for overtaking the riders.
In fact, Bonifazio could not have the necessary space and so his come back was stopped at the 5th place“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Marini 3h32’18”
2- Shpilevskiy s.t.
3- Palini s.t.
4- Jones s.t.
5- Bonifazio s.t.
9- Conti s.t., 11- Pibernik s.t., 40- Mario Costa s.t., 44- Koshevoy s.t., 74- Feng s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Chtioui 6h45’36”
2- Mancebo 19″
3- Phelan 23″
4- Pibernik 26″
5- Monier 32″

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Stage 10 of Giro d’Italia: the escape arrives, the sprinters remain to watch.

Stage 10 of Giro d’Italia: the escape arrives, the sprinters remain to watch.

Today’s was supposed to be the classic transitional stage of plains, the 10^ stage of the Giro d’Italia from Civitanova Marche in Forlì for a total of 200km, a path that seemed direct to travel at an epilogue to a general sprint.

After a few km from the start rather than start the escape of the day, but the group does not leave too much space to the five attackers. To try were Oscar Gatto Sidermec courtyards, Matteo Busato of Southeast, Alessandro Malaguti of the Nippo Vini Fantini, Alan Maragoni of Cannondale Garmin and Nicola Boem of Bardiani CSF.

At 30 km from the finish of Forli, the group still had a gap of 3 ‘, despite the efforts of the teams of sprinters in conducting the pursuit, with the complicity of the favorable wind and the perfect management of energy from the part of the fugitives, the advantage was not dropped.

At 20 kilometers from the finish, escapees have maintained an advantage of 2′ on his pursuers and their hopes grew.

Into the  group the men of the Ds Maini remained covered in back, waiting for the teams of fast men that have not yet centered a victory in the Giro.

Unfortunately for the followers, the strikers have shown up at the end a great condition and stubbornness, which was then rewarded, allowing them to play to win the sprint.

To report a puncture for one of the strikers : Gatto at few km from the conclusion.

To dominate was Boem on Busato and Malaguti, while in the sprint of the group, Modolo has closed the 2^ place, completing the order of arrival in 6th position.

ORDINE D’ARRIVO

1    Nicola BOEM    ITA    BAR    4:26:16
2    Matteo BUSATO    ITA    STH    +4:26:16
3    Alessandro MALAGUTI    ITA    NIP    +4:26:18
4    Alan MARANGONI    ITA    TCG    +4:26:20
5    Giacomo NIZZOLO    ITA    TFR    +4:26:34
6    Sacha MODOLO    ITA    LAM    +4:26:34
7    André GREIPEL    GER    LTS    +4:26:34
8    Luka MEZGEC    SLO    TGA    +4:26:34
9    Nicola RUFFONI    ITA    BAR    +4:26:34
10    Davide APPOLLONIO    ITA    AND    +4:26:34

CLASSIFICA GENERALE

1    Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO    ESP    TCS    42:58:09
2    Fabio ARU    ITA    AST    3
3    Mikel LANDA MEANA    ESP    AST    46
4    Richie PORTE    AUS    SKY    +1:09
5    Dario CATALDO    ITA    AST    +1:16
6    Roman KREUZIGER    CZE    TCS    +1:46
7    Rigoberto URAN URAN    COL    EQS    +2:10
8    Giovanni VISCONTI    ITA    MOV    +2:12
9    Damiano CARUSO    ITA    BMC    +2:20
10    Andrey AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA    CRC    MOV    +2:24

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In the rain, Pibernik 3rd in the Inabe circuit

In the rain, Pibernik 3rd in the Inabe circuit

After the Sunday double foretaste, namely the Criterium of Sakai and the opening time trial, the Tour of Japan had a rest day which gave to the riders the opportunity to move to Inabe, city where the 2nd stage took place .

In the rain, the cyclists fought on the circuit of 15,2 km of lenght for 8 laps, after having covered a first part of 9,1km: the teams Nippo-Fantini Vini and Drapac controlled the race, chasing the attack attempts that were performed by the riders, also by the LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclist Mario Costa, who succeeded in winning one Kom (in the best climbers ranking, he’s 2nd).

In the final lap of the circuit, Chtioui attacked on the last passage on the last hill of the course and he could avoid the chase of a small group of 13 riders, in which there was also the blue-fuchsia-green Luka Pibernik (photo Bettini, archive).
Chtioui obtained the victory, Pibernik was 3rd (15″), preceded in the sprint by Mancebo.
Bonifazio, 15th, won the sprint of the bunch.

The Slovenian young talent from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA is 4th in the overall classification, at 24″ to the leader Chtioui and he’s 2nd in the young riders standing (+3″ to Phelan).

I appreciated the behaviour of the team during the stage, it was not easy to be protagonists because the pace was high – sport director Vicino explained – We tried by the means of Mario Costa to anticipate the battle of the last lap of the circuit, but there was no freedom for the attackers, so we were ready to support Bonifazio in case of a final sprint or to give to Pibernik the opportunity to move in case of attacks: Luka did his best to follow Chtioui when he escaped on the last hill of the course, his form his increasing and in the next stages he’ll be able to battle for a top result“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Cthioui 3h10’06”
2- Mancebo 15″
3- Pibernik s.t.
4- Lebas s.t.
5- Pourseyedigolakhour s.t.
15- Bonifazio 55″, 18- Mario Costa s.t., 30- Conti s.t., 48- Koshevoy s.t., 57- Feng 1’16”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Chtioui 3h13’20”
2- Mancebo 20″
3- Phelan 21″
4- Pibernik 24″
5- Monier 30″

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Pasta Young, in the Giro d’Italia with LAMPRE-MERIDA

Pasta Young, in the Giro d’Italia with LAMPRE-MERIDA

In a stages race, the nutritional subject plays a key role in the recovery and in the preparation of the cyclists.
For what concerns this matter, LAMPRE-MERIDA relies on a fundamental partner, namely the pasta factory Rustichella d’Abruzzo (official website), which has been supported the blu-fuchsia-green team in the past two years by supplying past and special pasta for sportsmen. Rustichella d’Abruzzo exports its products world wide and its characteristics and values are similar to the ones of Team LAMPRE-MERIDA.

Starting from the departure of the Giro d’Italia, the blue-fuchsia-green cyclists had the opportunity to eat the new three tipologies of pasta of the Pasta Young Endurance line, which were studied and produced for giving the best possible feedbacks to the nutritional needs of the athletes who competes in endurance sports.
At breakfast, as post-race snacks and at dinner, Polanc, Ulissi, Niemiec and their team mates eats the versions Endurance, Balance or Recovery in the Pasta Young Endurance line: for more info, see here.

The cyclists are aware that nutrition is one of the fundamental things they must take care about for performing their activity in the best way – Doctor Carlo Guardascione, head of the medical staff from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA, pointed out - In a stage race such as the Giro d’Italia, the care towards the food must be even higher: thanks to the new three versions of the Pasta Young Endurance and to the Rustichella d’Abruzzo free gluten pasta, we can fulfill perfectly the needs of our athletes“.

In photo, Diego Ulissi, Tsgabu Grmay and Jan Polanc with the Pasta Young Endurance products.

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Two victories and other awards for LAMPRE-MERIDA

Two victories and other awards for LAMPRE-MERIDA

LAMPRE-MERIDA is spending in San Benedetto del Tronto the first rest day of the Giro d’Italia 2015.

The relax day comes at the end of 9 stages, in the lastest of which Diego Ulissi tried to escape, without luck, to escape from the bunch in the early part of the course and Polanc obtained the 15th place, at 1’43” to the winner Tiralongo, who completed an 11 riders attack.

The list of the impressive things for the LAMPRE-MERIDA in the first part of the Pink Race is long: two victories (Polanc in the 5th stage and Ulissi in the 7th stage, foto Bettini), one third place (Modolo in the 6th stage), three days for Polanc as leader of the Kom classification, two awards as the Super Team of the stage and one day for Niemiec as virtual pink jersey.

In the first part of the Giro, we improved day by day our performances, with the top of the two victories – sport director Maini explained – We raced trying to exploit the best from our characteristics: dynamism, fighting spirit, group spirit.

Thanks to these qualities, we granted to our sponsors a very good exposure and we gave to our fans important satisfactions. Also the support by Xu Gang and Grmay, who both were at their debut in the Giro d’Italia, was important.

Today our riders will try to recover as many energies as possible, so they’ll be ready tomorrow to be protagonist again on the pink roads“.

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Bonifazio 2nd on the Japanese roads; Feng is ok in the prologue

Bonifazio 2nd on the Japanese roads; Feng is ok in the prologue

One year later, Bonifazio is close to the double in the Criterium of Sakai.

In 2014, the LAMPRE-MERIDA’s young sprinter obtained in the Japanese race his first victory in career, today he was 2nd, being preceded by Marini at the end of a very long sprint.
Marini began the sprint very early, we were at 400 mt to the arrival – Bonifazio described – I preferred not to follow him immediately, I thought his action would have lost in power, so I started the chase later and I was close to him, but not enough: Marini had a constant speed until the finish line“.

Later, the riders directed by Bruno Vicino (in photo, the team) took part in the first stage of the Tour of Japan, a short time trial on the distance of 2650 in Sakai.
Bonifazio was once again the best blue-fuchsia-green rider, having obtained the 11th place: he stopped the clock on the 3’23” (average speed of 46,995 km/h), 4″ higher than the winner Jones.
Good performance also by the Asian idol Chun Kai Feng, 21st (3’26”).

TOUR OF JAPAN – RESULTS 1ST STAGE AND OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Jones 3’19”
2- Van der Ploeg s.t.
3- Davison 1″
4- Phelan s.t.
5- Palini 2″
11- Bonifazio 4″
26- Pibernik 8″, 27- Conti s.t., 50- Koshevoy 11″, 51- Mario Costa 12″

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Ulissi overcame the hurdle..

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Meno di 60 giorni all'appu..

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The LAMPRE-MERIDA could not find the winning move at the end of the 4th stage of the Tour of Japan. The blue-fuchsia-green team was protagonist for most of t...