LAMPRE-MERIDA began with a victory the month of March: Niccolò Bonfazio obtained the success in the Gp Lugano, celebrating his first seasonal success.
The twenty-one years old Italian cyclist won the final sprint, at the end of the 184,9 km of the course, preceding Francesco Gavazzi, Montaguti and Guldhammer, completing in the best possible way the great performance of the whole blue-fuchsia-green team.
LAMPRE-MERIDA, in fact, was always ready to be in the head of the race in the key moments, strarting with the young Slovenian rider Pibernik, who joined a breakaway with 17 members.
The attackers led the race for 150 km, then the bunch completed the chase just before the final passage on the hill of Soragno, where Niemiec reached the summit in the front positions.
In the approach of the final climb of the course (Ruvigliana), 8 riders escaped and Conti waa among them, but the attack was neutralized soon.
In the downhill the bunch was selected and Cimolai was forced to drop because of a contact with an opponents, but Niemiec was perfect in preparing the sprint for Bonifazio, who did not miss the winning shot (photo Bettini).
The success in Gp Lugano is the 7th victory in career for “Nick the Quick”, the 5th one for LAMPRE-MERIDA in 2015.
“I’m very satisfied for this first seasonal victory, Gp Lugano is a demanding race and so this result makes me happy – Bonifazio explained – The past season ended with many victories, so I could spend a calm winter and I trained with huge passion and with the aim of improving my skills.
The 2015 began in Australia and from there my condition went better and better and now the level of my competitiveness is good, that’s why today I could avoid to be dropped on the climbs.
I thank the team that supported me and I share this joy with my team mates“.
“The team was great in performing what we had planned for the race – sport director Pedrazzini said – Pibernik was in the main breakaway and Conti was activated in the final part of the race, while Niemiec was a perfect pilot for Bonifazio in the topic moment.
Niccolò demonstrated his very good condition, because he could resist in the front of the group that had been selected on the last climb.
An additional value of this victory is the fact that the protagonist of today race, Bonifazio, Conti and Pibernik, are all under 22 years old“.
1- Bonifazio 4h38’08”
2- Gavazzi F. s.t
3- Montaguti s.t.
4- Guldhammer s.t.
5- Gerdemann s.t.