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Cimolai orient arrow: victory in Kyoto

Cimolai orient arrow: victory in Kyoto

It took a little while to LAMPRE-MERIDA for obtaining the victory in Japan.

In the 1st stage of the Tour of Japan (Kyoto-Kyoto, 105 km), Cimolai obtained the victory, preceding in the final sprint De Negri, Kuboki, Aberasturi and Giacoppo (photo @tourofjapan).

LAMPRE-MERIDA performed a perfect approach to the sprint and Cimolai was impressive in his progression towards the finish line: he obtained his second seasonal success, the fifth in his career.
The team of the manager Copeland obtained seven victories in 2016 season.

I’m very happy, because this victory came immediately after a period during which I trained a lot and it’s never easy to be competitive just after having worked a lot – Cimolai explained – It was great to celebrate this success with the Japanese fans and the team’s sponsors.
I thank my team mates: they’re four, however they worked so well that they succeed in giving me an amazing support.
I had good legs, I could perform a powerful sprint
“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Cimolai 2h49’08”
2- De Negri s.t.
3- Kuboki s.t.
4- Aberasturi s.t.
5- Giacoppo s.t.
34- Arashiro s.t., 41- Kump s.t., 52- Xu s.t., 75- Feng 11’15”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- De Negri 2h52’26”
2- Giacoppo 1″
3- Kuboki s.t.
4- Masuda 3″
5- Aberasturi 4″
28- Cimolai 11″

Posted in Tour of Japan

Congrats to Ganna, king of the Roubaix Espoirs

Congrats to Ganna, king of the Roubaix Espoirs

The future of LAMPRE-MERIDA and of the Italian cycling is built on strong basis made of stones, the stones of the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs which was won by Filippo Ganna.

The rider from Team Colpack, former trainee of LAMPRE-MERIDA and blue-fuchsia-green cyclist in the future, obtained the historical result (first Italian winner on the cobblestones race in the category) preceding the Belgian Biermans and the New Zealander Schreurs; the team mate Troia was 4th.

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA congrat with Ganna, who was great in exploiting his impressive cycling skills.

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Modolo damaged in the sprint, he missed a good opportunity

Modolo damaged in the sprint, he missed a good opportunity

Giro d’Italia 2016 had an unfortunate epilogue for LAMPRE-MERIDA.

The ambitions of Modolo of a victory in the 21st stage of the Pink Race, Cuneo-Torino (163 km), were built on the strong basis of his good conditions and on the impressive support from the blue-fuchsia-green team, were shattered at 100 meters to the arrival, on the left side of the final straight.
Modolo was ready to overtake Nizzolo, after having followed his stream, when the red jersey swerve to the left, closing the space for LAMPRE-MERIDA’s rider (photo Bettini), who was forced to brake and to say goodbye to the chance of victory.

After the race, the jury disqualified Nizzolo and assigned the victory to Arndt, who had crossed the finish line as 2nd, preceding Trentin and Modolo.

I apologize for the bad word I said when I noticed that I Nizzolo was swerving and closing my trajectory, howevert I was very disappointed because I was aware that I was missing the opportunity to obtain the victory – Modolo said – I regret that I could not finalize the great work which was made by my team mates, there have been perfect during the whole Giro and it would have been great to thank them obtaining the victory.
I had good legs, my condition is very good, however I could not win“.

Eight cyclists from LAMPRE-MERIDA (rookies Conti, Koshevoy, Mohoric and Petilli included) completed the Giro d’Italia 2016 and Ulissi was the best placed in the overall classification, being 21st at 56’59” to the winner Nibali.
Ulissi is 3rd in the final standing of the points ranking.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Arndt 3h48’18”
2- Trentin s.t.
3- Modolo s.t.
4- Porsev s.t.
5- De Bie s.t.
25- Ferrari s.t., 55- Mohoric s.t., 95- Mori s.t., 96- Ulissi s.t., 124- Conti s.t., 125- Petilli s.t., 152- Koshevoy s.t.

FINAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 86h32’49”
2- Chaves 52″
3- Valverde 1’17”
4- Kruijswijk 1’50”
5- Majka 4’37”
21- Ulissi 56’59”
27- Conti 1h18’38”, 63- Mori 3h03’47”, 77- Petilli 3h23’08”, 83- Modolo 3h31’30”, 96- Koshevoy 3h48’40”, 97- Mohoric 3h49’14”, 130- Ferrari 4h28’08”

Posted in Giro d'Italia

Kump 4th in the Criterium, ok Feng in the prologue, welcome back Yukiya

Kump 4th in the Criterium, ok Feng in the prologue, welcome back Yukiya

Warm welcome for LAMPRE-MERIDA in the first day of race in Japan with the Criterium of Sakai and the first stage of the Tour of Japan.

The blue-fuchsia-green riders (5 athletes, due to the illness which stopped Zurlo) reached Osaka on Friday and they lived an intense Saturday, taking part to two very interesting promotional events which were organized by the team’s sponsors Champion System and Merida and partecipating to the official press conference (Arashiro and Cimolai).

Fans and reporters tributed large attention to LAMPRE-MERIDA and especially to Yukiya Arashiro, who honored the appointment by recovering in time from a bad injury (broken leg).
The Japanese rider is a real cycling legen in his country and the attention from the media is really impressive, as the picture (photo Haoyang) shows.

In the morning, the usual foretaste of the Criterium of Sakai took place and Kump was 4th in the final sprint, which was won by Aberasturi on Giacoppo and Marini.

In the afternoon,  the Tour of Jaopan started with a short time trial prologue (2650 meters), all the LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclists could limit within the 20″ the gap from the winning performance of Giacoppo.
The best time for the team directed by Vicino is the one of Chun Kai Feng, who stopped the clock on 3’27”, 8″ more than the winning performance.

The first stage of the Japanese race will be the Kyoto-Kyoto, six laps of a circuit plus a sector of 4,2 km for a total distance of 105 km.

CRITERIUM OF SAKAI
1- Aberasturi
2- Giacoppo s.t.
3- Marini s.t.
4- Kump s.t.

TOUR OF JAPAN – TIME TRIAL PROLOGUE AND GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Giacoppo 3’19”
2- Alzate s.t.
3- Masuda 2″
4- Nakane 3″
5- Aberasturi s.t.
34- Feng 8″
40- Kump 9″, 70- Arashiro 16″, 79- Xu 20″, 81- Cimolai s.t.

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Ulissi once again in a breakaway on the mountains

Ulissi once again in a breakaway on the mountains

The Col de Vars, the Col de la Bonnette, the Colle della Lombarda and the Sant’Anna di Vinadio climb were the last four ascents of the Giro d’Italia 2016 and they were the categorized climbs of the 20th stage of the Pink Race (Guillestre-Sant’Anna di Vinadio, 134 km).

All the 8 LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclists succeeded in completing the short and very demanding stage and once again Diego Ulissi (photo Bettini) demonstrated to be very brilliant.
The winner of the stages of Praia a Mare and of Asolo joined, in the first part of the Col de Vars, a group of 8 attackers who had escaped from the peloton after 5 km in the race.

On the Col de la Bonnette, Nieve raised the pace of the front group and Ulissi was dropped: he completed the stage in 37th place at 18’51” to the winner Taaramae.

Today presence of Ulissi in the breakaway was the ninth time that, at least, one LAMPRE-MERIDA’s athlete joined the main attacks of the 20th stage of the Giro: this is a good feedback for the sports directors Maini-Scirea-Righi who had announced, before the start of the Pink Race, that the team would have raced with a fighting spirit.

In the overall classification, which is now led by Nibali, Ulissi is 21st at 56’59″; in the points classification, the blue-fuchsia-green rider is 2nd at 32 points to Nizzolo.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Taaramae 4h22’43”
2- Atapuma 52″
3- Dombrowski 1’17”
4- Nieve 4’12”
5- Foliforov 4’36”
37- Ulissi 18’51”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nibali 82h44’31”
2- Chaves 52″
3- Valverde 1’17”
4- Kruijswijk 1’50”
5- Majka 4’37”
21- Ulissi 56’59”

Posted in Giro d'Italia

Ulissi no limits, 4th place after Agnello and summit arrival

Ulissi no limits, 4th place after Agnello and summit arrival

The high altitude stage at the Giro d’Italia, in which the cyclists climbed up to the 2744 meters of the Colle dell’Agnello, Cima Coppi of the 2016 edition of the Pink Race, will be remembered for the victory of Nibali, for the first pink jersey of Chaves, for the crash of the former leader Kruijswijk.
However, the stage will be in LAMPRE-MERIDA’s history thanks to the impressive performance by Diego Ulissi, who escaped in the early part of the Colle dell’Agnello and obtained the 4th place at 1’02” to Nibali and at few seconds from the podium (Nieve 2nd and Chaves 3rd at 11″ and 9″ to Ulissi).

The 19th stage started from Pinerolo and in 162 km reached the summit arrival in Risoul: two categorized climb, the Colle dell’Agnello (summit at 55,6 km to the arrival) and the final ascent of 11,2 km.

The peloton covered the road to the Colle dell’Agnello without any escape could began, however in the early sector of the climb Ulissi attacked and his action was the spark for starting the fire.
Twenty-eight cyclists attacked and they were reduced at 23 during the early kilometers of the climb. At half climb, Ulissi counter-attacked with Silin, however Scarponi overtook them and he could pass for first through the summit.

Ulissi succeeded in reaching the top of the climb pedaling on a good pace and he performed a perfect descent, while the fight for the pink jersey became hard after that Kruijswijk crashed in the downhill.
On the final climb, in the front of the race there was Ulissi again, together with Nibali, Chaves and Nieve: LAMPRE-MERIDA’s rider surrendered only at 5 km to the arrival to the winning attack of Nibali, however the won’t give up and he could complete the race not far from obtaining a place on the podium.

I’m very happy with my today performance: I’m fine, I feel comfortable on the climbs and I succeed in pedaling on a good pace which allows me to be competitive – Ulissi (in photo, just after the arrival) explained – I anticipated the rest of the group escaping on the Colle dell’Agnello, the situation of the race became favourable for my characteristics, however the stage was very demanding, also because the crash of Kruijswijk intensify the battle for the pink jersey.
I focused my attention on the goal of exploiting as much as possible my good fit, I obtained the 4th place and this result satisfy me a lot, because I’m aware that I fave my best“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Nibali 4h19’54”
2- Nieve 51″
3- Chaves 53″
4- Ulissi 1’02”
5- Majka 2’14”
32- Conti 9’10”, 51- Mori 21’09”, 78- Petilli 25’06”, 110- Mohoric 36’31”, 122- Koshevoy s.t, 153- Modolo 36’58”, 156- Ferrari s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Chaves 78h14’20”
2- Nibali 44″
3- Kruijswijk 1’05”
4- Valverde 1’48”
5- Majka 3’59”
22- Ulissi 45’36”

Posted in Giro d'Italia

Jarvis and Meregalli from Yamaha with LAMPRE-MERIDA in Muggiò

Jarvis and Meregalli from Yamaha with LAMPRE-MERIDA in Muggiò

Before living the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia, the Pinerolo-Risoul, let’s go back to yesterday morning when, at the start of the 18th stage of the Pink Race from Muggiò, LAMPRE-MERIDA received the visit from those who grant the two fastest bikers of the world to rule in the MotoGp.

Thanks to the invitation from the team manager Brent Copeland and the support from the Giro d’Italia, LAMPRE-MERIDA welcomed Lin Jarvis and Massimo Meregalli, who are the managing director and the team director of Yamaha Motor Racing, the team  of the MotoGp world champion Jorge Lorenzo and of the legend Valentino Rossi.

The visit was a pleasant moment for the team and it would be great if it could have been useful also for adding a little bit of extra speed in the legs of the blue-fuchsia-green riders.

In photo, Brent Copeland (who worked in the past for Yamaha Motor Racing) with Massimo Meregalli, cycling fans and amateur cyclist.

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Modolo close to the masterpiece at the end of a breakaway

Modolo close to the masterpiece at the end of a breakaway

Sacha Modolo obtained once again the 4th place, however this time he was close to pull off a real master stroke.

Long distance breakaway for the longest stage of the Giro d’Italia (18th stage from Muggiò to Pinerolo), on the distance of 204 km of mostly flat roads and hill of Pramartino (2nd category Kom) at 20 km to the arrival.

Despite the long road to cover, 10 km in the race 24 cyclists escaped from the peloton.
This breakaway, among whose members there were also the blue-fuchsia-green jerseys of Sacha Modolo and Matej Mohoric, had a maximum advantage of 13′: this gap restricted the group of the potential stage winners to the breakaway members.

The early skirmish in the battle for the success began on the Collinetta Cumiana (50 km to the arrival) and they continued in the following kilometers with a series of attacks and counter-attacks.
Mohoric was very attentive and he could be in the 11 riders group which took the head of the race after the first passage on the hill of Principi d’Acaja.
However, the situation was not definitive and on the climb of Pramartino Moser and Brambilla became the leader of the race; behind them, Modolo was great in reaching the duo of chasers Arndt and Rovny.
Unofrtunately, these two riders could not give to LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclist an effective contribution: Rovny had a problem in the approach of a turn, Arndt dropped when Modolo tried to raise the pace in the chase of the front duo.
Modolo tried hard to bridge the gap, however he could not achieve his goal and he was overtaken on the last hill by Trentin, who reached Moser and Brambilla in the final 200 meters and sprinted for the victory.
Modolo was 4th at 20″.

Many congrats to Modolo, who performed an impressive race and he was so close to complete a masterpiece – sports director Scirea explained – We won’t regret the missed victory, Sacha gave his best until the end and Trentin succeded in exploiting in the best possible way the final part of the course, which was more suitable for him than for Sacha and he could also exploit the presence of his team mate Brambilla.
Mohoric too had a very good day, he was brilliant until in the final kilometer, when his competitiveness decreased“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Trentin 5h25’34”
2- Moser s.t.
3- Brambilla s.t.
4- Modolo 20″
5- Arndt 30″
18- Mohoric 7’34”, 43- Conti 13’41”, 70- Ulissi 23’22”, 106- Petilli s.t., 118- Mori s.t., 133- Koshevoy s.t., 150- Ferrari s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Kruijswijk 73h50’37”
2- Chaves 3′
3- Valverde 3’23”
4- Nibali 4’43”
5- Zakarin 4’50”
25- Ulissi 48’26”

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Modolo 4th, Kluge anticipates the sprint

Modolo 4th, Kluge anticipates the sprint

Start from Molveno and arrival in Cassano d’Adda, after 196 km and only one 4th category climb: the 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia offered to the sprinters a good opportunity before the Pink Race faces once again the mountains.

However, the fast wheels of the bunch did not exploit this chance, after having struggled for beating the fighting spirit of three attackers (Oss, Brutt and Zhupa).
The attacking trio escaped from the peloton immediately after the start and it reached easily an advantage of 6′ on the chasers.

The advantage slowly decreased, thanks to the work done by the teams of the main sprinters (LAMPRE-MERIDA in photo Bettini), however in the final kilometers the breakaway was boosted by the presence of three counter-attackers (Bak, Konovalovas and Belkov) who helped the front group to resist to the chase of the bunch until the final kilometer.

When the peloton was again grouped, Pozzato tried to anticipate the sprint, however this was not the winning action, because actually the winning attack was the one by Kluge, who made a progression at 600 meters, overtaking Pozzato at 200 mt to the arrival and obtaining the succees with few meters of advantage on the peloton.

Modolo was 4th: in a desperate attempt of bridging the gap from Kluge, he anticipated his sprint, however it was not sufficient for achieving the top result.

I’m disappointed, especially because I could not achieve the goal for which my team mates gave me once again their amazing support – Modolo explained – In the last kilometer, the situation of the race became unpredictable and I decided to make a first sprint in order to try to bridge the gap from Kluge, who began his action at full speed and power.
It was however too early for me, so I decided to wait for other riders to start their action and then I made a second sprint: when you waste energies in such a large quantity as I did today in the sprint, it’s very difficult to obtain the top result“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Kluge 4h31’29”
2- Nizzolo s.t.
3- Arndt s.t.
4- Modolo s.t.
5- Trentin s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Kruijswjik 68h11’39”
2- Chaves 3′
3- Valverde 3’23”
4- Nibali 4’43”
5- Zakarin 4’50”
22- Ulissi 38’28”

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Ulissi is with the top climbers, he’s 4th in Andalo

Ulissi is with the top climbers, he’s 4th in Andalo

Short distance, three categorized climbs, one day after the rest day: these ingredients made the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia, 132 km from Bressanone to Andalo, very demanding and selective.

Diego Ulissi was once again one of the protagonist of the race, counting on a very good condition which allowed him to reach the arrival with the top climbers.
LAMPRE-MERIDA’s athlete obtained a pleasing 4th place (photo Bettini), at 37″ to the winner Valverde (who preceded Kruijswjik and, at 7″, Zakarin) and collected points which helped him to reduce the gap from Nizzolo in the red jersey classification (Ulissi 130 points, Nizzolo 138).

Very fast approach to the first part of the stage, the descent from the start to Bolzano, which was covered at a high speed, and also the first climb (Passo della Mendola) was covered with a pace which selected a group of 10 top riders in front of the race.
Ulissi was one of these riders and he led the stage with Valverde, Nibali, Kruijswijk, Zakarin, Lopez, Kangert, Firsanov, Jungels and Dombrowski. The advantage of this group on the first chasers was 40″ and the gap was maintained until the final part of the second ascent of the course, the Fai della Paganella.

Valverde, Kruijswijk and Zakarin attacked from the head group and they succeeded in reaching the arrival, meanwhile, behind them, the situation was unstable: Nibali was dropped, Chaveves succeeded in recovering the other contenders for the general classification and Ulissi pedaled with the first chasers of the front riders of the final climb to Andalo, obtaining the 4th place.

I’m satisfied, I realized a good performance in a stage which was demanding and which was raced at a very high pace – Ulissi explained – The climbs were very demanding, they were suitable for pure climbers, however and I pedaled for the whole stage with the top riders, thanks to a good condition.
The fourth place is a good result“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Valverde
2- Kruijswjik s.t.
3- Zakarin 7″
4- Ulissi 37″
5- Jungels s.t.
20- Conti 4’47”, 42- Koshevoy 16’02”, 51- Mohoric 17’21”, 72- Modolo s.t., 75- Mori s.t., 79- Petilli s.t., 130- Ferrari 17’57”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Kruijswjik 63h40’10”
2- Chaves 3′
3- Valverde 3’23”
4- Nibali 4’43”
5- Zakarin 4’50”
22- Ulissi 37’53”

Posted in Giro d'Italia

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