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Referral Diego Ulissi

Referral Diego Ulissi

Immediately after the first stage in which Diego Ulissi (photo Biondi/Bettini) has taken part after the forced activity pause, UCI notified to the cyclist his referral to the disciplinary commission of Swiss Cycling.

Finally, in the next weeks the rider and his team will have a final view about the long procedure concerning this topic.

Respecting the internal sanitary rules of the team and the rules of MPCC, considering the referral Ulissi won’t take part in the next races.

Posted in Generica

In Legnano, second place for Pozzato, just behind Viviani

In Legnano, second place for Pozzato, just behind Viviani

Second place and good message in view of the World Championship by Filippo Pozzato.

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclist was preceded by Viviani in the final sprint of Coppa Bernocchi (190,3 km).
The arrival in Legnano saw a selected group of riders battle for the victory, after that the race was led in different moments by  Marycz, De Ketele, Ewan and Valencia; Wackermann too tried to join the head of the race with Cecchinel, Van Zyl and Diez, but their attempt had not succees.

Pozzato in the final kilometer could receive the support by Ulissi and by a fast rider such as Bonifazio, so he could approach the sprint (photo Bettini) in the best way, but Viviani was too fast.

“I believed in the opportinity of getting to the victory, I did my best in the sprint – Pozzato explained – I approached the sprint in the best possible way, I was aware I could win; unfortunately, Viviani performed an amazing sprint, his speed was unbeatable.
I won’t be in Coppa Agostoni, so I won’t have the opportunity to repeat the victory I had obtained in 2013, but I’ll be at the start of Tre Valli Varesine”.

RACE RESULTS
1- Viviani 4h27’06″
2- Pozzato s.t.
3- Ponzi s.t.
4- Viganò s.t.
22- Ulissi 10″, 49- Bonifazio 21″, 99- Modolo 4’07″ , 100- Wackermann 4’22″, Cimolai dnf, Palini dnf, Vaccher dnf

Posted in Trittico Lombardo

Final at Vuelta a Espana

Final at Vuelta a Espana

It ended with the individual time trial of Santiago de Compostela of 9.7 km the Vuelta a Espana in 2014.

Circuitous route, made slippery by rain appeared on the track that has upset a little the cards on the table for the stage victory.

Malori has won the time trial just riding the first drops of rain on the track behind him Dennis and Sergent.

Best athlete Lampre Merida, Valerio Conti 29 ^ to 52 “.

For the general classification victory for Contador on Valverde and Froome, for the formation of the DS Matxin and Vicino the best athletes placed were Niemiec 26 ^ and 27 ^ Anacona separated from each other by only 3. ”

The words of Matxin: ” This Vuelta is finished, I think we were players from all over the days, we have been great to win two stages and just as good to be almost always present in escape attempts. With the absence of the defending champion of last year Horner , we had a big loss in the overall standings, but I think we managed to pull out the best in ourselves too. ”

 

 

ORDER OF ARRIVAL

1 Adriano MALORI ITA MOV 11:12

2 Jesse SERGENT NZL TFR 8

3 Rohan DENNIS AUS BMC 9

4 Vasil KIRYIENKA BLR SKY 17

5 Jimmy ENGOULVENT FRA EUC 18

6 Maciej BODNAR POL CAN 18

7 Sergei CHERNETSKI RUS KAT 18

8 Alexey LUTSENKO KAZ AST 18

9 Damien GAUDIN FRA ALM 19

10 Jasper STUYVEN BEL TFR 19

 29 Valerio CONTI ITA LAM 52

 

 

OVERALL

1 Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO ESP TCS 81:25:05

2 Christopher FROOME GBR SKY +1:10

3 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE ESP MOV +1:50

4 Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER ESP KAT +3:25

5 Fabio ARU ITA AST +4:48

6 Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ ESP BMC +9:30

7 Daniel MARTIN IRL GRS +10:38

8 Warren BARGUIL FRA GIA +11:50

9 Damiano CARUSO ITA CAN +12:50

10 Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA ESP COF +13:02

26 Przemyslaw NIEMIEC POL LAM +1:11:31

27 Winner ANACONA GOMEZ COL LAM +1:11:34

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

Very good 2nd place for Rui after a long breakawat by Polanc

Very good 2nd place for Rui after a long breakawat by Polanc

Rui Costa honored the rainbow jersey once again, obtaining the 2nd place in the Gp Montreal, 205,7 km (17 laps of 12,1 km each)

The course was characterized by 3893 mt of altitude difference, considering the two steephills of the Cote Camillien-Houde (1,8 km at 8%) and the Cote de la Polytechnique (780 mt at 6%), in addition to the final hill of Avenue du Parc (560 mt at 4%): on such kind of course, Jan Polanc demonstrated again his qualities by pedaling for most part of the race in the main breakaway.

The 22 years old Slovenian rider, who had been in the main breakaway in Gp Quebec too, led the race with other three cyclists (Jeannesson, Roth and Vervaeke) since the early kilometers, touching a top advantage of 12′.
After the half of the course, the bunch started the chase, but Polanc did not surrender: when there were two laps left, he was the lonely leader of the race and the bunch could neutralize his action only in the final lap.

In that moment, LAMPRE-MERIDA worked in the head of the bunch in order to make the race  more demanding, with the aim of selecting the fastest wheel and to prepare the attack by Rui Costa.
The world champion tried to escape from the group on the Cote Camillien-Houde and at 4 km to go, forcing the pace in order to anticipate the sprint and to anticipate Gerrans, the favourite.

Despite a perfect race by Rui and his team mates, the Australian could repeat the winning sprint that had given him the victory in Quebec City, obtaining the success in Gp Montreal too: second place for Rui Costa, third position for Gallopin (photo James Startt/GPCQM, the podium).

“As in Quebec City, here in Montreal too LAMPRE-MERIDA realized a perfect performance: Polanc was great in the breakaway, all my team mates supported me even better than I could have imagined, so I really want to thank you because their help allowed me to honor the race and the rainbow jersey in the best way – Rui Costa said – My legs were good, so I wanted to make the race more demanding. I also attacked in order to try to anticipate Gerrans, but he’s in a very good shape and he deserved the victory”.

Jan Polanc is satisfied too: “My role, as for Gp Quebec, was to attack in the early part of the race and so I did. The cooperation among us attackers were good and it gave us the opportunity to led the race for most part of it: I was in the head of the race for more than 190 km.
When there were 5 laps to go, I also believed I could have manage to avoid the chase of the bunch, but the group intensify the chase in the final laps.
I’m satisfied for my performance and I’m happy Rui could obtain a top result”.

RACE RESULTS
1- Gerrans 5h24’27″
2- Rui Costa s.t.
3- Gallopin s.t.
4- Navardauskas s.t.
5- Bardet s.t.
44- Durasek 1’06″, 46- Mori s.t., 55- Polanc 1’32″, 71- Valls 4’39″, 75- Oliveira s.t., Horner dnf, Bono dnf 

Posted in Gp Quebec and Gp Montreal

LAMPRE-MERIDA: a bunch of champions for the three Italian races

LAMPRE-MERIDA: a bunch of champions for the three Italian races

Three months after the last competition in Italy (national championship), Team LAMPRE-MERIDA is going to race again in its Country taking part in the Trittico Lombardo.

The blue-fuchsia-green team will be at the start of Coppa Bernocchi (16 September), Coppa Agostoni (17 September) and Tre Valli Varesine (18 September) with the aim of extend the very good series of results that were obtained in the recent past in these three races: in 2013, Pozzato won the Coppa Agostoni and Durasek won the Tre Valli Varesine.

Sport director Daniele Righi will count on many top riders, such as Rui Costa, who’ll be at the start of Coppa Agostoni, as Sacha Modolo (2 Coppa Bernocchi and 1 Coppa Agostoni in his victories list), as Filippo Pozzato, as Kristijan Durasek and as Diego Ulissi.

These are the selected riders for LAMPRE-MERIDA for each race:

Coppa Bernocchi (16 September): Niccolò Bonifazio, Davide Cimolai, Sacha Modolo, Andrea Palini, Filippo Pozzato, Diego Ulissi, Luca Wackermann and the trainee Andrea Vaccher.

Coppa Agostoni (17 September): Niccolò Bonifazio, Mattia Cattaneo, Davide Cimolai, Luca Dodi, Rui Costa, Sacha Modolo, Andrea Palini, Diego Ulissi.

Tre Valli Varesine (18 September): Luca Dodi, Kristijan Durasek, Andrea Palini, Jan Polanc, Filippo Pozzato, Diego Ulissi, Luca Wackermann and the trainee Ilia Koshevoy.

Posted in Trittico Lombardo

Niemiec tried again to win in a breakaway

Niemiec tried again to win in a breakaway

Last mountain stage, the last battlefield for the climbers before the final act of the Vuelta in the final time trial in Santiago de Compostela: the 20th stage of the Spanish race, 185,7 km from Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil-Puerto de Ancares, determined almost definitive verdicts: Contador won the stage and increased his advantage on the overall classification on Froome.

One of the most fighting rider of the bunch, Przemyslaw Niemiec (photo Bettini), was again protagonist of the Spanish race.

The winner of the 15th stage tried to hit once again the target thanks to a breakaway, as it happened on the past Sunday: this time, Niemiec escaped from the bunch after 45 km in the race with Poels, Coppel and Mederel, on the climb of Castro de Ferreira (not valid as Kom).

The attackers cooperated in order to make the advantage increase to a maximum of 10’30″, but the teams of the top riders began to intensify the chase and the gap decreased.

Niemiec was to last attacler to be caught: he had remained as solo leader and the top riders  reached him at 9,5 km to go, on the final climb.

The Polish rider (25th in the stage) could not overtake Leon Sanchez in the best climber classification: he would have needed to win the stage to hit this target.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Contador 5h11’43″
2- Froome 16″
3- Valverde 57″
4- Rodriguez 1’18″
5- Aru 1’21″
25- Niemiec 9’24″
47- Cunego 15’18″, 74- Anacona 26’16″, 98- Serpa 28’19″, 132- Conti 30’23″, 135- Favilli 30’26″, 153- Richeze 31’38″, 157- Ferrari 33’04″, Pozzato dns

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Contador 81h12’13″
2- Froome 1’37″
3- Valverde 2’35″
4- Rodriguez 3’57″
27- Niemiec 1h11’31″

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

Update about Diego Ulissi

Update about Diego Ulissi

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA gives notice that the head of team medical staff, Doctor Carlo Guardascione, gave to the rider Diego Ulissi the authorization to return to racing.

After having carefully examined the documents made available by the laywer of Ulissi (Avv. Taminelli) and considering the articulated rules and regulations of MPCC association , of which Team Lampre Merida is member, the responsible for the health of  Team Lampre Merida, Dr Carlo Guardascione, while waiting for further evidence, currently still late, from the UCI and WADA regarding the dossier concerning the positivity to albuterol, has issued a positive opinion for the resumption of racing for the rider Diego Ulissi.

Diego Ulissi will race the three competitions of Trittico Lombardo (16-17-18 September).

Posted in Generica

Very good team performance not valued by a top result

Very good team performance not valued by a top result

The roads of Quebec City were enlivened by the 5th edition of the World Tour event Gp Quebec and LAMPRE-MERIDA honored in a good way the event by the means of a very competitive team performance that, unfortunately, was not valued by a top result.

The race, on the lenght of 199,1 km (11 laps of 18,1 km each), seemed to be less demanding than in the past years, considering that each lap was longer than in the past and there were less laps to cover: this means that the riders had to face less times the main hills of the course (Cote de la Montagne and the hill of the Fabrique).

As sport director Pedrazzini had planned in the team meeting, Polanc attacked in the very early kilometer and he succeeded in joining the first and main breakaway of the race whose members were Arashiro, Van Winden and Moser.
The advantage for the four attackers on the bunch was more than 10′, but the group gradually recovered and it could complete the chase at 55 km to go.

Another blue-fuchsia-green cyclist, Valls, was very skilful when there were to laps to cover and an attack of 15 riders could escape from the bunch.
Valls and the other members of the breakaway led the race until the last lap, when the bunch raised the pace, neutralize the attack and caused many riders to be dropped back.

LAMPRE-MERIDA went on in demonstrating a good level of competitiveness by supporting Rui Costa (in photo, at the start – @GPCQM) in pedaling in the head position of the group: Mori approached the  Cote de la Montagna in first place and the world champion was just behind him, but the Portuguese could not find enough space in the Montée de la Fabrique, so he approached the final straight (in light climb) in the middle of the selected head group.
Rui Costa started his the sprint with the aim of recovering position, but he was suddenly forced to brake in order to avoid to hit Vichot, who crashed just ahead of him.
This accident forced Rui to give up the sprint and to obtain the 33rd place.
Gerrans won the race preceding Dumoulin.

It’s a pity for me I could not obtain a better result, because the team had been perfect, I had good legs and I was trying to recove position in the sprint, but I had to brake because I hit the bike of Vichot that had just crashed - Rui Costa explained - It was really nice to appreciate how my team mates turned into real what it had been planned in the meeting with the sport director: Jan was in the breakaway and it helped us to save energies in the bunch, the same was when Rafael was in the attack in the final laps. 
I received a perfect support in the final lap in approaching the hills, but later some chaotic movements forced me to loose some positions, so I focused my energies on the final sprint, in order to try to perform a recover. 
Unfortunately, I could not hit my target because of the crash that occurred in the bunch.
I’ll try to do better in Montreal, in order to give satisfaction to the team, to my team mates and to all the fans that has been giving me a warm support here in Canada“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Gerrans 4h42’54″
2- Dumoulin s.t.
3- Navardauskas s.t.
4- Impey s.t.
5- Van Avermaet s.t.
33- Rui Costa 18″
84- Mori 1’10″, 85- Polanc s.t., 90- Durasek s.t., 94- Oliveira 2’04″, 113- Bono 4’10″, 115- Valls s.t., 115- Horner s.t.  

Posted in Gp Quebec and Gp Montreal

Pozzato 3rd at Cangas do Morrazo

Pozzato 3rd at Cangas do Morrazo

Good signal by Filippo Pozzato in the 19 th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, from Salvaterra do Miño in Cangas do Morrazo for a total of 180.5 kilometers.

The rider of Team Lampre Merida takes a nice third stage, on the day when the Italian national Team Coach Cassani has unveiled his list of names in view of theWorld Championship, in which we can find also the name of Pozzato.

Returning to the chronicle of the 19 th stage, usual performing of the race with the usual escape from afar, today consists of 3 men: Poels, Ligthart and Mangel. Their maximum advantage, however, has never taken off, with the formation of the fast men very careful not to leave a lot of space to the attackers.

In view of the penultimate climb of the day at the Monte Faro, were taken over the attackers, and then the group created a decent selection with a squad of 20 units to control the race. Well done on this occasion for Lampre Merida with Pozzato and Richeze to resist in the leading positions in view of a possible arrival in the sprint.

On the final climb at about 4 km from the finish line with a great choice of time and a large force, Adam Hansen has surprised the whole group and he came alone to the stage victory. In the remainder of the group, Pozzato has retained the top positions and went to sprint for the second place, sprint in which the athlete of Lampre Merida has seen himself close to the barriers and had to give the second place to Degenkolb.

Too bad for Richeze who withdrew from the head of the group right to the brow of the final climb, showing a good condition, however, in view of a possible part in the World Championship.

The impressions of Pozzato: “Today I knew it could be a stage suitable to my characteristics, and I fought hard and held on the final roughness following to try a sprint to narrow rows. Honor to Hansen who anticipated all, and took the right time, where no teams in the group had the opportunity to organize a chase. My condition is definitely good and i’m sorry to have missed a chance to show it in full. During the sprint I had to slow down because I was locked into the barricade, there is no regret, however, to a 2nd or 3rd place. I think at this time i’m cooler than other opponents and I can see in the right way my next appointments that are coming. “

ORDER OF ARRIVAL

1. HANSEN, Adam Lotto Belisol 4h 21′ 58”

2. DEGENKOLB, John Team Giant – Shimano + 5”

3. POZZATO, Filippo Lampre Merida + 5”

4. MARTINEZ, Yannick Team Europcar + 5”

5. MATTHEWS, Michael Orica GreenEdge + 5”

6. SOUPE, Geoffrey FDJ.fr + 5”

7. MARTENS, Paul Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 5”

8. STUYVEN, Jasper Trek Factory Racing + 5”

9. HARDY, Romain Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 5”

10. CARUSO, Damiano Cannondale Pro Cycling + 5”

OVERALL

1. CONTADOR, Alberto Tinkoff – Saxo 76h 00′ 40”

2. FROOME, Christopher Team SKY + 1′ 19”

3. VALVERDE, Alejandro Movistar Team + 1′ 32”

4. RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin Team Katusha + 2′ 29”

5. ARU, Fabio Astana Pro Team + 3′ 15”

6. MARTIN, Daniel Garmin Sharp + 6′ 52”

7. SÁNCHEZ, Samuel BMC Racing Team + 6′ 59”

8. BARGUIL, Warren Team Giant – Shimano + 9′ 12”

9. NAVARRO, Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 9′ 44”

10. CARUSO, Damiano Cannondale Pro Cycling + 9′ 45”

22. ANACONA, Winner Lampre Merida + 44′ 33”

27. NIEMIEC, Przemyslaw Lampre Merida + 1h 02′ 01”

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

Sprint Challenge Pro: Mori out in the first heat

Sprint Challenge Pro: Mori out in the first heat

After two days, it was racing time in Quebec, with the first appointment of the Sprint Challenge Pro.

It is a competition over a one-kilometre course, organized into heats of four racers each. Starting from a slate of 24 racers, the top two finishers in each knockout heat move on to the next rounduntil the ultimate champion is crowned in the final showdown.
The course was a 500 meters straight (light downhill), followed by a 180° bend and by another 500 meters straight (light climb) to the arrival.

LAMPRE-MERIDA counted on Manuele Mori, who’s the fastest rider among the blue-fuchsia-green cyclists that landed in Canada: he raced in the first heat against Coquard (winner of the 2013 edition), Lobato and Anderson.
The Tuscan athlete, who was the only one Italian cyclist that took part in the race, could not qualify to the following heat (4th place).

I was aware Coquard and Lobato are faster than me, so the only chance I could have to precede them was to perform an anticipate action - Mori explained - That’s why I attacked after 250 meters in the race: I could obtain a quite good advantage, also because the opponents were suprised by my action.
Unfortunately, I could not cover the bend in the best way because the road was wet and, on the straight to the arrival, a strong head wind was blowing“.

More pictures from the Spring Challenge Pro (victory for the Canadian Canning)on Team LAMPRE-MERIDA official website at the address www.teamlampremerida.com/en/galleries/gp-quebec-e-gp-montreal-2014/

For what concerns the other LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclists, they could not perform the scheduled training on the road because of the rain that felt on Quebec City.
Rui Costa, Horner (who had reached the team on Wednesday evening) and their team mates pedalled on the Elite rollers.

Posted in Gp Quebec and Gp Montreal

Referral Diego Ulissi

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In Legnano, second place for P...

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Final at Vuelta a Espana

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