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2015 and 2016: LAMPRE-MERIDA and Cimolai still together

2015 and 2016: LAMPRE-MERIDA and Cimolai still together

Speed and stamina, talent and determination: these are the signature qualities of Davide Cimolai (photo Bettini), who has almost completed his path towards the full maturity and who welcomed the decision by LAMPRE-MERIDA to prolong the contract for the next two years.

The twenty-five years old fron North Italy signed an agreement for wearing blu-fuchsia-green colors during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, so that he will be granted a two year period during which he’ll have the opportunity to strengthen his skills and to improve the good results he has obtained up to now: even if he has not yet won, in the past two seasons Cimolai was close to the top result in World Tour races such the Tour de France (4th in the 2nd stage in 2013 and 9th in the 4th stage in 2014), the Tirreno-Adriatico (6th in the 3rd stage in 2013), the Critérium du Dauphiné (5th in the 3rd stage), the Eneco Tour (3rd in the 1st stage) and in Vattenfall Cyclassics (7th).

I’m very happy for the prolongation of the contract for the next two seasons: it’s a huge satisfaction seeing the trust by the team management, by the Galbusera family from Lampre and by Merida – Cimolai explained – In the past three years I improved my skills a lot, I’m sure the next season will be important for my definitive full maturity“.

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Bonifazio 2nd in the overall classification and winner of the points standing

Bonifazio 2nd in the overall classification and winner of the points standing

The 2014 season of LAMPRE-MERIDA ended with the 2nd place by Niccolò Bonifazio in the overal classification of Tour of Hainan.

The team of the sport director Simone Pedrazzini completed the Chinese race obtaining a total of 4 victories, the points standing by Bonifazio, in addition to the many presences on the podium and to the 2nd place of Bonifazio at 22″ to the winner Antomarchi (7th place for Mori).

The last stage (Dangzhou-Chengmai, 165,7 km) was won by the Dutch cyclist Wippert, who could resist with three breakaway mates to the chase of the bunch: few meters prevented the group to overtake the attackers, who had escaped after 20 km in the race.
The chase was organized only by LAMPRE-MERIDA, thanks to the efforts by Bono, Xu Gang, Mori and Palini, but no other teams gave any help, considering that the attackers were far away from Antomarchi in the overall classifciation.
Despite the chase, the Wippert could defend few meters, so Ferrari could not exploit the opportunity to take part in the sprint for a top result (he was 6th).

We did know well this race, so for us everything was new – sport director Pedrazzini explained – Thanks to the good fit of the riders and to a great team spirit, we realized very good performances and we made this race rich of satisfactions for us.
It was not simple, because when you can rely on only 6 riders, you can’t alway control the race“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Wipper 4h09’38″
2- Kurek s.t.
3- Voropayev s.t.
4- Salleh s.t.
5- Ho s.t.
6- Ferrari s.t.

FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Antomarchi 35h02’00″
2- Bonifazio 22″
3- Zeits 25″
4- Goncalves 1’06″
5- El Fares 1’10″
7- Mori 1’13″, 18- Ferrari 3’03″, 35- Bono 11’57″, 45- Xu 15’18″, 46- Palini 16’53″

Posted in Tour of Hainan

Bonifazio extra fast: hat trick in China

Bonifazio extra fast: hat trick in China

When there’s the opportunity of a sprint, LAMPRE-MERIDA tends to monopolize the scene of Tour of Hainan.
Fourth blue-fuchsia-green victory in the Chinese race, third suceess for Bonifazio who won the 8th stage, the Wuzhishan-Danzhou of 154,1 km.
The twenty years old cyclist realized once again a perfect sprint, completing the perfect job by the team preceding Cantwell and his team mates Palini and Ferrari (photo).
Bonifazio climbed up to the 2nd place of the overall classification, at 22″ to the leader Antomarchi and with 3″ of advantage on Zeits (3rd).

The victory for LAMPRE-MERIDA in 2014 are now 27, 6 successes for Bonifazio.

Today we were working for two targets: the stage victory and the second place of the overall classification that could be obtained thanks to the seconds of the bonuses – Bonifazio explained – The race was very frantic form the beginning, because there was a 1st category climb in the early kilometer and the intermediate sprint just after the downhill.
I kept calm, I was able to recover the head of the race in the downhill and I won the intermediate sprint and the 3″ of bonus.
Then, a breakaway led the race until 10 km to go, when the efforts of Bono, Xu Gang and the Pomme Marseille 13, the team of the leader Antomarchi, completed the chase.
Ferrari gave me the perfect support as usual in view of the sprint and I could hit the target once again“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Bonifazio 3h52’13″
2- Cantwell s.t.
3- Palini s.t.
4- Ferrari s.t.
5- Kamishev s.t.
25- Mori s.t., 66- Bono 41″, 70- Xu 2’05″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Antomarchi 30h52’22″
2- Bonifazio 22″
3- Zeits 25″
4- Goncalves 1’06″
5- El Fares 1’10″

Posted in Tour of Hainan

Bonifazio is great: he’s 3rd in the queen stage

Bonifazio is great: he’s 3rd in the queen stage

As it could have been predicted, Niccolò Bonifazio (in photo, with Bono before the start) had to say goodbye to his leader jersey in the 7th an d queen stage of Tour of Hainan (Dongfang-Wuzhishan, 199,3 km), anyway he realized a top performance that gave him the third place in the stage standing and the third position in the overall classification.

The neopro from LAMPRE-MERIDA, reached the arrival 39″ after the winner and new leader of the race Antomarchi, who preceded for 1″ the attack mate Zeits.
In the overall classification, the gap of Bonifazio is 35″.

Sport director Simone Pedrazzini described the race: “Three 1st category kom were not so suitable for Bonifazio, but despite this Niccolò realized a very impressive performance.
Thanks to Bono and Xu Gang we succeeded in avoiding attacks in the approach of the final climb, whose summit was at 11 km to go, and on the climb Mori made the pace for the group, limiting at 1′ the gap to Antomarchi and Zeits, who had escaped in the early part of the climb.
In the downhill to the arrival, Bonifazio could recover part of the gap and he obtained the third place.
The overall classification is no more a target, but we’ll try to defend the third place and the points classification in which Bonifazio is 1st and Palini is 2nd”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Antomarchi 5h03’00″
2- Zeits 1″
3- Bonifazio 39″
4- El Fares 41″
5- Dyachenko s.t.
7- Mori 43″, 11- Bono 1’08″, 25- Ferrari 2’33″, 41- Xu 8’23″, 56- Palini 16’35″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Antomarchi 27h00’09″
2- Zeits 25″
3- Bonifazio 35″
4- Goncalves 1’08″
5- El Fares 1’10″
7- Mori 1’13″ 

Posted in Tour of Hainan

Niccolò wins again: second sprint victory in China

Niccolò wins again: second sprint victory in China

Blue-fuchsia-green riders flied once again to the victory in Tour of Hainan, thanks to the success by Bonifazio in the 6th stage (Sanya-Dongfang, 182,1 km) of the Chinese race.
The Italian neopro also conquered the leadership of the overall classification.

Thanks to this victory, the successes for LAMPRE-MERIDA in Hainan are 3, 2 of them were conquered by Bonifazio, and 3 are the leader jerseys obtained by the riders directed by Simone Pedrazzini.
Bonifazio won 5 times in this season, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s  victories are 26.

The stage was not demanding, so 5 attackers could escape from the peloton after 50 km in the race, but Team LAMPRE-MERIDA controlled them thanks to Xu Gang and Bono, who limited the gap at no more than 3′.
The chase was completed at 2500 mt to go, in time for allowing Ferrari to start his support as lead out man for Bonifazio.

“Another perfect performance by the team produced another victory – Bonifazio commented – Today everyone in LAMPRE-MERIDA was great and I’m happy I could achieve this success, despite a problem in the sprint when Palini, who was protecting my rear wheel, almost crashed.
I was aware there would have been many opportunities for  the sprinters here in Hainan, that’s why I trained heavily in order to be ready to exploit these occasions”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Bonifazio 4h02’18″
2- Markus s.t.
3- Wippert s.t.
4- Jules s.t.
5- Kankovsky s.t.
15- Palini s.t., 42- Mori s.t., 44- Ferrari s.t., 123- Bono 24″, 124- Xu s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Bonifazio 21h57’09″
2- Palini 4″
3- Antomarchi 10″
4- Wang 18″
5- Kamyshev 20″

Posted in Tour of Hainan

Double: victory and leader jersey for Palini, Bonifazio 2nd

Double: victory and leader jersey for Palini, Bonifazio 2nd

In Sanya, LAMPRE-MERIDA offered to the cycling fans an amazing show, ruling the 5th stage of Tour of Hainan (start from Xinglong, lenght 192,8 km).

This is today outcome of the blue-fuchsia-green team: victory and leadership of the overall classification for Palini, second place in the stage for Bonifazio and leader jersey in the points standing for Palini.

The course of the stage was more demanding than the previous days ones, so there was a selection in the bunch.
On the summit of the last climb of the stage (27 km to go, 5 km of lenght), ten riders were leading the race and Mori was among them. In the downhill and the plain to the arrival, Palini, Bonifazio and Ferrari could join the head of the race, forming with other riders a group of 22 cyclists that battled in the final sprint.
Mori and Ferrari worked to support Palini and Bonifazio, who obtained a great double in the rain (photo).

“This victory is the result of my good condition, of my strong will and of a perfect support by the team – Palini explained – I did not give up on the climb, so I could recover the head group: I still had energies, I was feeling good and so I was very happy when also Ferrari and Mori reached the leading bunch.
They were great in preparing the sprint for me and Bonifazio and I’m very happy I could win”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Palini 4h32’51″
2- Bonifazio s.t.
3- Telubayev s.t.
4- Kamishev s.t.
5- Astafyev s.t.
20- Ferrari s.t., 24- Mori s.t., 55- Xu 3’09″, 62- Bono s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Palini 17h54’55″
2- Bonifazio 6″
3- Antomarchi s.t.
4- Wang 14″
5- Kamishev 16″

Posted in Tour of Hainan

Palini and Bonifazio are preceded by Antomarchi for only 2″

Palini and Bonifazio are preceded by Antomarchi for only 2″

The podium of Tour of Hainan is once again mostly painted in blue-fucshia-green, but this time there are regrets for LAMPRE-MERIDA at the end of the 4th stage.
Antomarchi escaped from the bunch with Butto and Jabrayilov (maximum advantage of 8′) and later he was solo leader of the race.

In Xinglong (start from Wenchang, stage lenght 145,8 km), Palini and Bonifazio ruled the sprint of the bunch, but they were preceded for 2″ by the French rider Antomarchi.
LAMPRE-MERIDA led the chase of the peloton, but the French rider could obtain the victory and the leadership of the overall classification.
Palini was 2nd (he’s still the leader of the points standing – photo), third place for Bonifazio.

Being only 6 riders in the team, it’s not easy to control the race or to organize a chase – sport director Pedrazzini explained – Everything is even more difficultif no other team supports you: we led the chase for more than 50 km and at 3000 km to the arrival Belkin gave its support.
It would have been enough that the teams that were interested in a sprint solution would have given a little help.
Anyway, I would like to highlight the good condition of Palini and Bonifazio, that will give them the opportunity to be protagonists in the next stages“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Antomarchi 3h15’59″
2- Palini 2″
3- Bonifazio s.t.
4- Tleubayev s.t.
5- Wippert s.t.
33- Ferrari s.t., 69- Mori s.t., 104- Xu s.t., 117- Bono 16″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Antomarchi 13h22’10″
2- Palini 4″
3- Bonifazio 6″
4- Wang 8″
5- Wippert 10″

Posted in Tour of Hainan

Palini is 5th in Yueliangwan

Palini is 5th in Yueliangwan

In Tour of Hainan, LAMPRE-MERIDA is once again in the top 5.

Andrea Palini was in fact 5th in the 3rd stage of the Chinese race (Haikou-Yueliangwan, 134,7 km): a bunch sprint gave the victory to the Kazakh Kamishev, who preceded Averin and Wippert.

The stage had been led by a breakaway of 16 riders, but the bunch could complete the chase in time for giving the fast cyclists the opportunity of battle in a sprint, but a crash in the final kilometer prevented some riders to take part in the sprint.

Palini maintained the 2nd place in the overall classification (at 2″ to the Chinese rider Wang, who became leader thanks to the bonus he got at the intermediate sprints) and the leadership in the points raking (photo), while Bonifazio is 5th in the overall classification (+2″).

STAGE RESULTS

1- Kamyshev 3h05’09″

2- Averin s.t.

3- Wippert s.t.

4- Metlushenko s.t.

5- Palini s.t.

8- Bonifazio s.t., 37- Mori s.t., 60- Ferrari s.t., 115- Xu 3’38″, 122- Bono 5’07″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1- Wang 10h06’17″

2- Palini 2″

3- Wippert s.t.

4- Hofland s.t.

5- Bonifazio s.t.

Posted in Tour of Hainan

Nic the quick: Bonifazio king of the sprint in Haikou

Nic the quick: Bonifazio king of the sprint in Haikou

Niccolò Bonifazio demonstrated once again that he’s “quick” and thanks to his sprint he obtained the victory in the 2nd stage of Tour of Hainan.

The neo-pro from LAMPRE-MERIDA won on Haikou arrival (start from Chengmail, race lenght 207,2 km), exploiting perfectly the job by the team.
Bonifazio preceded the Dutch sprinter Wippert and the team mate Palini (in photo, the podium).

In addition to the victory (4th in the sesson), Bonifazio is the new leader of the overall classification (Palini 2nd) and in the point classification.

This victory makes me very happy, especially because I completed in a winning way the job that my team mates had done – Bonifazio explained – The stage was long, so it could have been not simple to control it being only 6 riders for each team. Anyway, my mates were great and they gave me the opportunity to realize a very good sprint.
Day by day I’m recovering from the efforts of the long journey, so my aim is to continue in the next stages to be competitive“.

Sport director Pedrazzini is very satisfied: “Unlike yesterday sprint, when we failed to be united until the finish line, today we succeeded in working perfectly and in giving a perfect support to Niccolò.
Ferrari led Palini and Bonifazio to the final straight, where Andrea was great in protecting Niccolò’s wheel from the assault by Wippert, who had once preceded Bonifazio in Tour of Japan.
With this support, Bonifazio could perform an amazing powerfull sprint that gave him the victory.
The whole team made a great job in controlling the race, especially Xu Gang“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Bonifazio 5h04’50″
2- Wippert s.t.
3- Palini s.t.
4- Cantwell s.t.
5- Metlushenko s.t.
23- Mori s.t., 42- Ferrari s.t., 87- Bono s.t., 88- Xu s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Bonifazio 7h01’10″
2- Palini s.t.
3- Hofland s.t.
4- Wang 1″
5- Wippert 4″

Posted in Tour of Hainan

Three in the top 10 for LAMPRE-MERIDA: Palini, Bonifazio and Ferrari

Three in the top 10 for LAMPRE-MERIDA: Palini, Bonifazio and Ferrari

A bunch of blue-fuchsia-green jerseys in the head positions of the peloton in the massive sprint at the end of the 1st stage of Tour of Hainan (Chenmgai-Chenmgai, 85,4 km), but the victory went to Moreno Hofland (Belkin).

LAMPRE-MERIDA could not win, but it ruled the race standing thanks to the second place of Palini (2nd), Bonifazio (4th) and Ferrari (6th).

At the end of a very short stage, Chenmgai arrival offered to Palini (photo Bettini) the opportunity for a payback on Hofland, who had preceded him twice in Tour of Utah: unfortunately, also in China the values was kept and Palini was second behind the Dutch rider.

It was not simple to be competitive in a such short stage, after a very long journey to reach Hainan – Palini explained – The sprint was open to many riders, I tried to follow Hofland but I could not overtake him.

Belkin is a very good team, but LAMPRE-MERIDA is even better and we’ll hit for sure the target“.

STAGE RESULTS

1- Hofland 1h56’30″

2- Palini s.t.

3- Rybin s.t.

4- Bonifazio s.t.

5- Brown s.t.

6- Ferrari s.t., 21- Mori s.t., 95- Bono s.t., 98- Xu s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

1- Hofland 1h56’20″

2- Palini 4″

3- Rybin 6″

4- Hernandez s.t.

5- Asadov 7″

Posted in Tour of Hainan

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