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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

Active youth: Conti 6th and Polanc 9th in Utsonomiya

Active youth: Conti 6th and Polanc 9th in Utsonomiya

LAMPRE-MERIDA could not enrich the good tradition in Japan Cup, anyway it was able to be in the top ten of the race with two riders that will be the key cyclists of the team in the future: Conti, 6th, and Polanc 9th.

The race was selective as usual and a group of 15 athletes was leading the race in the last lap of the course (total of 153,1 km), whose members were Conti and Polanc too.
Conti tried to prolongate the fantastic moment in this final part of the season, adding another success to the one he had obtained in Gp Beghelli, but in the final sprint (photo) he was 6th.
The race was won by Nathan Haas on Boasson Hagen and Bole.

“Two riders in the top ten is a good balance, especially considering that many opponents were really in a good condition since they were coming from Tour of Beijing – sport director Vicino explained – We were aware that Conti and Polanc were the most competitive cyclists of our team and the race confirmed this. Conti tried to make his best in the sprint, but there were faster and more expert riders against him, despite he received a very good support by Polanc”.

Japan Cup was Cunego’s last race in LAMPRE-MERIDA at the end of ten seasons.

RACE RESULTS
1- Haas
2- Boasson Hagen s.t.
3- Bole s.t.
4- Valgren s.t.
5- Arredondo s.t.
6- Conti s.t.
7- Formolo s.t.
8- Moser s.t.
9- Polanc 5″, 26- Cunego 1’02″, 34- Favilli 3’55″, Vaccher dnf

Posted in Japan Cup

Prolongation of the contract of Rafael Valls

Prolongation of the contract of Rafael Valls

The 2014 season had not begun in a good way for Rafael Valls, who was forced to a stop after onyl three days in blue-fuchsia-green because of a fractured ribs that had been caused by a crash in Tour Down Under.

Training with intensity, the Spanish climber could react and recover fast, so he was able to live another start of his experience in Team LAMPRE-MERIDA, improving the team of the manager Copeland by a series of high level performances.

Valls was a reliable cyclists and he always completed the tasks the team assigned him, especially on the climbs: his contribution was fundamental for the victory of Rui Costa in the Tour de Suisse.

With the aim of keeping the solidity of the group of riders that are asked to support the team’s captains, LAMPRE-MERIDA strongly wanted to confirm to Valls its trust by the prolongation of the contract to 2015.

Rafael Valls Ferri was born in Cocentaina in 1987. During six seasons in pro cycling he obtained one victory in Tour de San Luis 2012 in the stage with arrival in Mirador del Potrero.

In photo (Bettini), forcing by Valls, who’s followed by Rui Costa.

Posted in Generica

Conti 9th in the short Nipponic kermesse

Conti 9th in the short Nipponic kermesse

In Utsonomiya, Team LAMPRE-MERIDA obtained a place in the top ten of Japan Cup Criterium, a short kermesse that is a foretaste of the main race that will take place on Sunday,

A group sprint ended the race (35,65 km, 23 laps of a 1,55 km circuit) and Sutton obtained the victory, while Conti was 9th.
As sport director Vicino explained, Favilli was meant to be the captain for the sprint, but he could not be in the head positions of the group, so Conti had the opportunity to battle for a good result.

In photo, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s parade on Utsonomiya roads.

Posted in Japan Cup

Oliveira and LAMPRE-MERIDA: still together in 2015

Oliveira and LAMPRE-MERIDA: still together in 2015

LAMPRE-MERIDA will continue to be the proud holder of two Portuguese champion jerseys (road and time trial) thanks to the prolongation of the deal with Nelson Oliveira (photo Bettini).
The Portuguese cyclist signed an agreement with blue-fuchsia-green team for 2015 season.

Guardian angel of Rui Costa in many races during the year, Oliveira could enrich the 2014 obtaining an amazing double in the national championship.
His season had another highlight during Ponferrada world championships, when he obtained the final 7th place in the time trial after having led the classification for long.

Twenty-five years old, pro since 2010, in his career Oliveira won two time trial Portuguese title, one national road championships and one Portuguese Under 23 time trial title.
All these results suggest that Nelson’s skills are good enough for reaching a top level thanks to a gradual improvement.

I’m very happy to have signed the prolongation of the contract for the next year – Oliveira said – When you really enjoy to race in a team, your aim is to go on to be part of it: my ambition was to continue to be a blue-fuchsia-green cyclist, so I’m satisfied that LAMPRE-MERIDA decided I could be part of the 2015 roster.
I will work hard to accomplish my goals and the ones of the team“.

Posted in Generica

LAMPRE-MERIDA in Japan for a traditional appointment

LAMPRE-MERIDA in Japan for a traditional appointment

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA selection has landed in Japan in order to take part in Japan Cup (19 October).

The blue-fuchsia-green team has a long tradition of participations in the Japanese race and also a long list of victories (thanks to Codol, Barbero, Simoni and Cunego).

In the selection for the Oriental event there are the following riders: Valerio Conti, Damiano Cunego, Elia Favilli, Jan Polanc and the trainee Andrea Vaccher.
The team will be directed by Bruno Vicino, who’ll receive the support by the mechanic Bortoluzzo and the masseur Del Gallo.

Japan Cup will take place on Sunday the 19th October (Japan time, +9 GMT: 10 am-2 pm) on a 151,3 km course in Utsonomiya.
As foretaste of the race, the riders will pedal on the course in the morning for a free rider with amateurs and, in the afternoon, they’ll take part in the Japan Cup Criterium.

Usually, the course is selective, so those riders that still have energies to use will realize good performances – sport director Vicino explained – Moreover, all the cyclists in our team will be very motivated, each one for a reason: Conti will reach Japan afer having obtained his first career victory, Cunego will try to honor his last race in the team, Favilli and Polanc both know the course could be suitable for them, Vaccher wants to repeat the good performance he had realized in Tour of Utah“.

In Japan Cup, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclists will wear special jerseys that are customized with the logo of the company Shukoh, partner that have been supporting the team in Japanese events in these years.

Posted in Japan Cup

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