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Niemiec on the roads of Giro d’Italia 2014

Niemiec on the roads of Giro d’Italia 2014

Niemiec has tested the streets of the 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia 2014 from Belluno to Valsugana (Rifugio Panarotta), reconnaissance useful for his upcoming participation at the Giro.

Posted in Giro d'Italia

Niemiec and Anacona: test for the pink race

Niemiec and Anacona: test for the pink race

As usual, Giro del Trentino will be suitable for riders, that will fight on climbs from 22 to 25 April.

This is LAMPRE-MERIDA’s selection: Anacona, Conti, Dodi, Favilli, Niemiec, Polanc, Serpa and Xu Gang.

Team will be directed by Orlando Maini and Marco Marzano, who’ll receive the support by mechanics Possoni, Tiede, Viganò, masseurs Baron Wais, Capelli and Chiodini, driver Bozzolo and physician De Grandi.

Anacona and Niemiec, that will probably will be members of the team for Giro d’Italia, will test their form on three summit arrivals (San Giacomo di Brentonico, 2nd stage; Roncone, 3rd stage; Monte Bondone 4th stage).
Favilli, who had to face some unlucky events in Belgian Classics, will try to be in the heat of the race. Conti will check his fit after the knee injury, while Polanc will come back to races after he quitted Volta a Catalunya because of a bruised hip.
Dodi and Xu Gang, who are also good rouleur, will be useful for the opening team time trial and they’ll also support the team mates.
Serpa, who has already won one race in 2014 (Trofeo Laigueglia) could try solo actions.

Niemiec, after the end of Giro del Trentino, will fly to Belgium to take part in Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Posted in Giro del Trentino

Rui Costa, Cunego and Ulissi: top quality trio for LAMPRE-MERIDA

Rui Costa, Cunego and Ulissi: top quality trio for LAMPRE-MERIDA

LAMPRE-MERIDA is going to come back to the North, this time to face the Ardenne Classics.
This is the races schedule and the selections of blue-fuchsia-green cyclists:
- Amstel Gold Race (20 April, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg): Bono, Cattaneo, Cunego, Durasek, Oliveira, Rui Costa, Valls, Ulissi.
- Fleche Wallone (23 April, 199 km from Bastogne to Huy): Bono, Cattaneo, Cunego, Durasek, Oliveira, Rui Costa, Valls, Ulissi.
- Liegi-Bastogne-Liegi (27 April, 263 km): Bono, Cattaneo, Cunego, Niemiec, Oliveira, Rui Costa, Valls, Ulissi.

Sport director Matxin will be supported by the colleague Daniele Righi. In the team staff: masseurs Della Torre, Napolitano and Redaelli, mechanics Pengo and Romanò and physician Beltemacchi.

Anyone who knows me is aware that I’m ambitious, but also realistic - Rui Costa explained - Opponents are strong, we’ll try hard to do our best.
In Ardenne Classics I hope to be better than in Vuelta al Pais Vasco: I worked hard to be on well physically in these Classics and I’ll give my best, as I always do in every race.

The Ardenne Classics are important races, I really love to take part in them.
Me and Team LAMPRE-MERIDA will do our utmost to honor the rainbow jersey and the team’s sponsors“.

During his career, Damiano Cunego was on the podium of all the three races: “I love Ardenne Classics and I have always managed to be competitive. 
This year, one of the main goal on my path towards the competitiveness was the Ardenne Classics week, that’s why I worked in order to be ready to face Amstel, Fleche Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

In Vuelta al Pais Vasco I had very good feelings, the feedbacks I got were amazing, so I only ask to have luck in order to try to be protagonist“.

Diego Ulissi is the third star in LAMPRE-MERIDA selection: “My morale is very good, I really want to fight on every meter to prove our team is strong: Rui Costa, Cunego and too quality team mates can really be protagonists in the Ardenne.

This is the fourth year I face Ardenne Classics, each season I added experience to my racer profile, so I think I could be ready to have a place among the top cyclists, maybe especially in Fleche Wallone“.

Posted in Ardenne Classics

Chris back to home after the crash

Chris back to home after the crash

In the afternoon of Wednesday 16 April, Chris Horner left Lecco hospital, where he had been admitted on Friday 11 April after that he had been victim of an accident while he was training on Como Lake roads.

The American cyclist, that in the crash had a punctured lung, four broken ribs, cuts in his head and bruises on the elbow, was authorized to go home in his Como house, considering that the lung drainage was completed.

Horner, who was reached in Italy by his wife, will be constantly monitored by the medical staff from LAMPRE-MERIDA.

“I’m happy I can come back home, it was a bad experience, but I also think I was lucky: the crash could have had worse consequences – Horner explained – I thank everyone who supported me, especially nurses and doctors in hospital and all the members of Team LAMPRE-MERIDA.
I still feel pains when I move, I know I’ must be patient, I hope I can soon pedal on the rollers”.

Posted in Generica

Sport director Marzano in recon on cobblestones sectors

Sport director Marzano in recon on cobblestones sectors

Paris-Roubaix is over, but 2014 season will give the chance to the cyclists to face again the cobblestones.
In the 5th stage of Tour de France, in fact, the bunch will cover 9 cobblestones sectors in the 164 km from Ypres to Arenberg.

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA performed a recon on the 15400 meters of cobblestones that will be covered during Grand Boucle.
On a Mitsubishi Outlander team car, sport director Marco Marzano and general coordinator Andrea Appiani (photo) covered all the 9 sectors, shooting videos and taking notes that will be an useful basis of info that will be precious for the next recon of blue-fucsia-green cyclists.

“This was a great job that will give our riders the chance to make the recon already aware of the main characteristics of the cobblestones sectors they’ll cover: the cyclists will have only to focus their attention on feeling comfortable on the stones – team manager Copeland pointed out – The videos and the written notes wil be useful also to our sport directors”.

Posted in Tour de France

Blue-fuchsia-green comments from the cobblestones

Blue-fuchsia-green comments from the cobblestones

Crashes, punctures, mechanical problems: they’re all elements that all the teams partecipating in Paris-Roubaix must face.
Despite the efforts by the riders and the team staff, LAMPRE-MERIDA could not be in the head of the race, obtaining the 50th place by Pozzato and the 80th by Palini.
Terpstra won the race, preceding Degenkolb and Cancellara.

“When you have to face two punctures and in a topic moment another rider hit your derailleur, it’s very difficult to be still competitive, despite any efforts or a aquite good form – Pozzato explained – I was happy because I could exit from the forest in the head positions, but then I had two punctured tyres.
At 40 km to go, when Cancellara attacked, the problem with the derailleur, accidentally hit by an opponents, stopped all my aims.
It’s a pity, my legs were good”.

Cimolai was stopped by a puncture at 80 km to go, in the cobblestones sector from Hornaing to Wandignies: “I was doubly unlucky, because I had the puncture in the same moment of Pozzato: in those events, it’s almost impossible to come back to the main group.
So, this accident ended a race that was quite good for me, considering that I was in the head positions after Arenberg”.

Modolo could not exit Arenberg Forest: “I had a puncture and my wheel slided on a stone, so I crashed. I hit my chest on the ground, I felt pain and I could not come back on the bike.
I’m quite angry because I was feeling comfortable on the cobblestones, I had no problem in driving my bike and I think I would have been competitive in my debut in Paris-Roubaix”.

Posted in Northern Classics

Good progess, transfer to chest surgery

Good progess, transfer to chest surgery

Today afternoon, Chris Horner was transferred to the chest surgery departement of Lecco hospital, where he had been recovered yesterday after that he had a crash while training.

He’s undergoing lung drainage: doctor Vertemati, head of the departement, said that the progresses are good. Also the morale of Chris is good (photo)

The American rider, who received the visit by Dr Guardascione (head of LAMPRE-MERIDA medical staff) too, will be in the hospital until the half of the next week at least.

Posted in Generica

Cunego 11th in the final overall classification

Cunego 11th in the final overall classification

At the end of the final time trial of Vuelta al Pais Vasco (25,9 km, start and arrival in Markin-Xemein), Cunego missed the top ten.

For what concerns the time, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s rider (photo Bettini, archive) would have deserved a place in the ten, since he had the same gap as Poels to the winner of the overall classification, Contador. Despite this, Poels was 10th because he got a better result in the time trial (he was14th, +1’32″ to the winner Martin, while Cunego was 20th, +1’57″).
In the final ranking, Cunego is 11th at 2’26″ to Contador.
Rui Costa was 23rd in the time trial.

“In Vuelta al Pais Basco I realized good performances, that confirmed me that I’m on a good level of competitiveness – Cunego explained – I was aware the final time trial could penalize me, since it was more suitable for time trialist and it was not similar to the one I raced with satisfaction some years ago here in Pais Vasco.
It’s a pity to miss the top ten despite having the same time of Poels.
In the past stages, I always fought on the same level of those riders that today have conquered the podium, so I’m happy about my competitiveness on climbs”.

RACE RESULTS
1- Martin 38’33″
2- Contador 7″
3- Kwiatkowski 15″
4- Spilak 16″
5- Peraud 17″
20- Cunego 1’57″
23- Rui Costa 2’09″

FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Contador 21h09’11″
2- Kwiatkowski  49″
3- Peraud 1’04″
4- Spilak 1’07″
5- Valverde s.t.
11- Cunego 2’26″

Posted in Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Cunego 5th in the penultimate stage of Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Cunego 5th in the penultimate stage of Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Another nice stage for Team Lampre Merida, with a cautious conduct and not without attacks.

To try in the early part of the stage was Rui Costa, who has tried to fit into an action of many riders from a distance, but the attempt of the World Champion after a few miles was cancelled with any hope of success by the great control of the group behind him.

In the action immediately after , the Team of Matxin and Vicino has succeeded in placing a man in a large group of attackers, Oliveira has in fact centered what later turned out to be the flight of the day. But the advantage of the 16 athletes in the command was never more than a minute because of the worry of athletes that were out of the game , as the Movistar team that producing a great job once again to managed to close the gap in view of the climb. Contador and Valverde in the company of the winner of yesterday’s stage Poels , then took off uphill. Only a super Tony Martin was able to bring back what was left of the group on the fugitives, in which Cunego has managed to stay without too much trouble . The stage is then determined in the sprint , in which Damiano has shown good signs of brilliance finishing in 5th place .

The words of Damiano : “Today we were always attentive and we stayed in the lead of the group .

The path was treacherous and I could not afford to leave on the street precious seconds . In the end there were several attacks that have produced a nice selection , but no one has ever given the impression of being able to outdistance the bulk of the group heavily . I took advantage from teams that were able to closed the stage in the sprint, a final with opponents of all respect. I think fifth place is therefore still be considered as a major achievement that gives me even more confidence for tomorrow’s TT, in which i know i have to do my best for save my overall, and the next races that and I’m going to face after this effort. ”

Polanc after the crash of yesterday suffered a worsening of the pain caused by the strong hip contusion , however after trying to start today he had to leave after a few miles .

ORDER OF ARRIVAL

1 SWIFT , Ben SKY 03h 56 ‘ 56 ”
2 VALVERDE , Alejandro MOV + 00 ‘ 00 ”
3 KWIATKOWSKI , Michal OPQ + 00 ‘ 00 ”
4 Slagter , Tom Jelte GRS + 00 ‘ 00 ”
5 CUNEGO , Damiano LAM + 00 ‘ 00 ”
6 GAUTIER , Cyril EUC + 00 ‘ 00 ”
7 HIVERT , Jonathan BEL + 00 ‘ 00 ”
8 PERAUD , Jean- Christophe ALM + 00 ‘ 00 ”
9 Contador , Alberto TCS + 00 ‘ 00 ”
10 EVANS Cadel BMC + 00 ‘ 00 ”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
:
1 Contador , Alberto TCS 20h 30 ‘ 31 ”
2 VALVERDE , Alejandro MOV + 00 ‘ 12 ”
3 CUNEGO , Damiano LAM + 00 ‘ 36 ”
4 EVANS Cadel BMC + 00 ‘ 36 ”
5 PERAUD , Jean- Christophe ALM + 00 ‘ 36 ”
6 TROFIMOV , Yury KAT + 00 ‘ 36 ”
7 KWIATKOWSKI , Michal OPQ + 00 ‘ 41 ”
8 LANDA , Mikel AST + 00 ‘ 54 ”
9 POELS , Wouter OPQ + 00 ‘ 55 ”
10 SANCHEZ, Samuel BMC + 00 ‘ 56 “

Posted in Vuelta al Pais Vasco

Horner in Lecco hospital with a punctured lung and broken ribs

Horner in Lecco hospital with a punctured lung and broken ribs

The American cyclist Chris Horner (photo Bettini, archive) had an unfortunated accident while out training around Lake Como.
The details of the accident are still to be evaluated, however it seems that he was probably hit by a car while riding on the Lecco side of the Lake.

He was immediately transported to Lecco hospital where the team’s medical doctor (Luca Pollastri) met him to evaluate the circumstances with the hospital’s doctors.
The medical checks taken show no head concussion, but a punctured lung, four broken ribs and cuts in his head which required stitches.

The medical staff of LAMPRE-MERIDA are in close contact with the doctors of the hospital and will be informed of any further progress.

Posted in Generica

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Niemiec has tested the streets of the 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia 2014 from Belluno to Valsugana (Rifugio Panarotta), reconnaissance useful for his upcoming participation at the Giro.

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