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Lugano ruled by Nick the Quick Bonifazio

Lugano ruled by Nick the Quick Bonifazio

LAMPRE-MERIDA began with a victory the month of March: Niccolò Bonfazio obtained the success in the Gp Lugano, celebrating his first seasonal success.

The twenty-one years old Italian cyclist won the final sprint, at the end of the 184,9 km of the course, preceding Francesco Gavazzi, Montaguti and Guldhammer, completing in the best possible way the great performance of the whole blue-fuchsia-green team.

LAMPRE-MERIDA, in fact, was always ready to be in the head of the race in the key moments, strarting with the young Slovenian rider Pibernik, who joined a breakaway with 17 members.
The attackers led the race for 150 km, then the bunch completed the chase just before the final passage on the hill of Soragno, where Niemiec reached the summit in the front positions.
In the approach of the final climb of the course (Ruvigliana), 8 riders escaped and Conti waa among them, but the attack was neutralized soon.
In the downhill the bunch was selected and Cimolai was forced to drop because of a contact with an opponents, but Niemiec was perfect in preparing the sprint for Bonifazio, who did not miss the winning shot (photo Bettini).
The success in Gp Lugano is the 7th victory in career for “Nick the Quick”, the 5th one for LAMPRE-MERIDA in 2015.

I’m very satisfied for this first seasonal victory, Gp Lugano is a demanding race and so this result makes me happy – Bonifazio explained – The past season ended with many victories, so I could spend a calm winter and I trained with huge passion and with the aim of improving my skills.
The 2015 began in Australia and from there my condition went better and better and now the level of my competitiveness is good, that’s why today I could avoid to be dropped on the climbs. 
I thank the team that supported me and I share this joy with my team mates“.

The team was great in performing what we had planned for the race – sport director Pedrazzini said – Pibernik was in the main breakaway and Conti was activated in the final part of the race, while Niemiec was a perfect pilot for Bonifazio in the topic moment. 
Niccolò demonstrated his very good condition, because he could resist in the front of the group that had been selected on the last climb.
An additional value of this victory is the fact that the protagonist of today race, Bonifazio, Conti and Pibernik, are all under 22 years old“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Bonifazio 4h38’08”
2- Gavazzi F. s.t
3- Montaguti s.t.
4- Guldhammer s.t.
5- Gerdemann s.t.

Posted in Gp Lugano

LAMPRE-MERIDA, Cimolai and much more in Switzerland

LAMPRE-MERIDA, Cimolai and much more in Switzerland

Davide Cimolai will be back to races after his victory in Trofeo Laigueglia.
The Italian cyclist will be at the start of Gp Lugano (Sunday 1 March) and he won’t be the only top riders in Team LAMPRE-MERIDA, considering that sport director Pedrazzini will direct Niccolò Bonifazio, Mattia Cattaneo, Valerio Conti, Ilia Koshevoy, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Luka Pibernik and Josè Serpa.

In the staff there will be doctor Pollastri, the masseurs Capelli and Negri, the mechanics Baron and Viganò and the driver Bozzolo.

Simone Pedrazzini fixed the roles and the targets: “If the race will end with a sprint, Bonifazio will be our captain, but we are aware too that Davide Cimolai will be a strong different option.
Niemiec will be one of the favourite if the race will be selective.
I think the roles of Conti, Koshevoy and Pibernik, who are young and full of energies, will be important, since they can join the breakaway.
Gp Lugano will be the debut in Europe for Serpa, who recently obtained the 5th place in the Colombian championship“.

Posted in Gp Lugano

(Italiano) Cimolai in tv: ospite a Radiocorsa

(Italiano) Cimolai in tv: ospite a Radiocorsa

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Valls, the man of the Oman

Valls, the man of the Oman

The blue-fuchsia-green cyclist Rafael Valls Ferri won the 2015 edition of the Tour de Oman.

The Spaniard rider from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA (photo Watson/Bettini) preceded in the overall classification Van Garderen for 9″ and Valverde for 19″, giving to his team the first success in its history the Tour of Oman: for what concerns the Arab zone, the blue-fuchsia-green team ahd won in 2003 the Tour of Qatar.
In 2015, LAMPRE-MERIDA celebrated victories in three different continents: in addition to the Asian success of Valls, in Europe Cimolai won the Trofeo Laigueglia and in Africa Grmay won the continental time trial title.

In the last stage of Tour de Oman, Valls defended the red jersey he had worn on Friday on the Green Mountain: the stage had become crucial especially after that the 5th stage had been deleted because of a sand storm.
LAMPRE-MERIDA’s riders pedaled for the whole stage next to Valls and allowed 4 rider, who were not dangerous for the overall classification, to escape from the bunch and to reach the arrival (victory for Brandle).
BMC and Movistar, the teams of Van Garderen and Valverde, tried to prepare some attacks but LAMPRE-MERIDA could avoid problems and sport director Philippe Mauduit could celebrate with his rider an amazing victory.
Positive Tour de Oman for Rui Costa too, 11th in his first seasonal competition.

This victory makes me so happy, I want to share my joy with my team mates and with the team’s staff members: I received from them a huge support – Valls explained – Today stage put pressure on our team, but the things went in the best way for us: the four attackers were far from the head of the classification and they prevented my direct opponents to obtain seconds on bonus.
In the final part of the stage, the strong front wind helped us to neutralize the attacks.
I’m glad I can give to my team and to the sponsors the victory of the TOur de Oman“.

Rafael Valls Ferri was born in Cocentaina (Spain) on 25/06/1987. He turned pro in 2010 and he joined LAMPRE-MERIDA in 2014.
Before the victories in Oman, he had obtained the success in the Mirador del Potrero stage in Tour de San Luis 2010.

STAGE RESULT
1- Brandle 3h02’31”
2- Keisse 4″
3- Van Meirhaeghe 13″
4- Pate 16″
5- Sagan 1’16”
29- Valls s.t., 33- Pozzato s.t., 50- Rui Costa s.t., 74- Plaza s.t., 108- Oliveira 4’02”, 111- Bono 5’42”, 134- Ferrari 8’02”

FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Valls 21h09’31”
2- Van Garderen 9″
3- Valverde 19″
4- Majka 32″
5- Janse Van Rensburg 1’04”
11- Rui Costa 1’45”, 33- Pozzato 5’31”, 42- Plaza 7’14”, 102- Oliveira 20’29”, 127- Bono 31’23”, 129- Ferrari 32’35”

Posted in Tour de Oman

Valls is the king of the Green Mountain

Valls is the king of the Green Mountain

Glory days in Team LAMPRE-MERIDA for those riders who usually support their captains.
After the victory in Trofeo Laigueglia for Cimolai, today Rafael Valls (photo Watson/Bettini) conquered the queen stage of Tour de Oman, reaching as first the arrival of the 4th stage (Sultan Qaboos Grande Mosque- Jabal Al Akhdhar Green Mountain, 189 km) that was on the summit of the Green Mountain climb.

The Spaniard from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA, whose main role is to support Rui Costa on the climbs, have shown in the first part of  the season an outstanding condition that allowed him to be the most competitive rider on the final climb of the stage (6,7 km at 10,5% of average degree), preceding Van Garderen (+5″), Valverde (+19″) and Majka (+22″).

The battle in the front of the group started in the approach of the climb, when Nibali attacked reducing the bunch at 20 cyclists.
Bmc chased Nibali and launched Van Garderen attack at 3 km to go: Valls and no other riders could followe the American athlete, who had to surrender to LAMPRE-MERIDA’s climber in the final kilometer.

Valls conquered his second success in the career and the red jersey as leader of the overall classification (+9″ on Van Garderen, +19 on Valverde).

“I could hardly request something more to this perfect day: I won the queen stage, I’m the new leader of the race and I could finalize the perfect support I received from my team mates, among whom there was a champion such Rui Costa – Valls explained – I was aware my fit is good, in this first part of the season I demonstrated several times I was competitive, so this is a perfect result for me and for my ambitions in these races”.

Sport director Mauduit said: “Valls was our captain for today stage, since he gave us so many good feedbacks in the races he took part in during this first part of the season.
The whole team supported him in the best possible way and Rui Costa too was fantastic in giving him the necessary help in the final climb.
We’ll try to defend the red jersey, even if it won’t be simple, especially in tomorrow stage with the four passages on the climb of Bousher Al Amerat”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Valls 5h46’48”
2- Van Garderen 5″
3- Valverde 19″
4- Majka 22″
5- Pinot 35″
6- Rui Costa 49″
44- Pozzato 5’21”, 50- Plaza 5’25”, 57- Oliveira 6’04”, 123- Bono 12’45”, 127- Ferrari 13’26”, 136- Modolo 16’26”.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Valls 18h05’44
2- Van Garderen 9″
3- Valverde 19″
4- Majka 32″
5- Van Rensburg 1’04”
11- Rui Costa 1’45”

Posted in Tour de Oman

Modolo again in top 10 of the sprint, in stage 3 of Tour of Oman

Modolo again in top 10 of the sprint, in stage 3 of Tour of Oman

The winner of three stages in the Tour of Qatar a week ago, Alexander Kristoff scored his first success in this edition of the Tour of Oman. Already victorious during the 2014 edition, the norwegian got an impressive victory into the sprint, beating Andrea Guardini and Matteo Pelucchi to the finish line.

For Lampre Merida Modolo ranked at 6th place, on the finish line just in front of Al Mussanah Sports City.

The jersey of overall leader, remains on the shoulders of Fabian Cancellara who has come easily to the finish line with the compact group.

Hot day today, with temperatures around 40 ° C during the day, it was another difficult stage for the remaining 141 riders of the Tour of Oman.

The route included a ring of 158.5 km around Al Mussanah Sports City.

The riders took off at 11:00 from their resort Millenium. After a few meters of the race, three men threw themselves to the attack: Van Hecke, Van Merhaeghe (both TSV), already on the run yesterday, and Tonelli (BAR).

The three leaders have enjoyed an advantage maximum 9’15 “at km 23, before the group headed by team Trek that began hunting.

At the first intermediate sprint (km 34), the group had a disadvantage of 8’55 “.

Gradually the gap was down and the fugitives were under the control of the platoon, eager to regroup for the final sprint.

After taking maximum points and second in both sprints, the Belgian Van Merheaghe was then raised and was the first to be captured at 157 km from the group. In front of the race the two remaining athletes have continued on their own with a lead of 1’15 “20 km from the finish. They too were then devoured by the hungry group at km 141.

Ben helped by his teammates Katusha, Alexander Kristoff has come so to his first success of the 2015 Tour of Oman.

For Lampre Merida, an exemplary conduct of the race during much of the track, a sign of big group cohesion.

Too bad for the lack in Oman of men able to perform an adequate job for Modolo in the tortuous final of stages present at the race.

The impressions of the Ds Mauduit: “We have to be honest, today’s result was not what the Team had hoped. The last 10 km of this race are always chaotic, also because there isn’t a team of reference in the sprints.

We ourselves do not have, in this event, of suitable men to help Sacha best to express themselves in the final sprint.

Positive note, is the beautiful group cohesion that I’m noticing during the agitated moments of the stage, where the boys all move together and support each other. This type of work will be definitely good for the next commitments.

Tomorrow we expect a stage suited to the characteristics of Rui Costa and Valls, we will see during the track which of the two will be better, therefore those who will support each other to get the best result. ”

ORDINE D’ARRIVO

1    Alexander KRISTOFF    TEAM KATUSHA    03:56:42
2    Andrea GUARDINI    ASTANA PRO TEAM    00:00:00
3    Matteo PELUCCHI    IAM CYCLING    00:00:00
4     Danny VAN POPPEL    TREK FACTORY RACING    00:00:00
5     Nacer BOUHANNI    COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS    00:00:00
6    Sacha MODOLO    LAMPRE – MERIDA    00:00:00
7    Matti BRESCHEL    TINKOFF-SAXO    00:00:00
8    Ramon SINKELDAM    TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN    00:00:00
9    Tom BOONEN    ETIXX-QUICK STEP    00:00:00
10   Adam BLYTHE    ORICA GREENEDGE    00:00:00

CLASSIFICA GENERALE

1    Fabian CANCELLARA    TREK FACTORY RACING    12:18:56
2    Alejandro VALVERDE    MOVISTAR TEAM    00:00:04
3    Patrick KONRAD    BORA-ARGON 18    00:00:05
4    Greg VAN AVERMAET    BMC RACING TEAM    00:00:06
5    Peter SAGAN    TINKOFF-SAXO    00:00:10
6    Damiano CARUSO    BMC RACING TEAM    00:00:10
7    Tejay VAN GARDEREN    BMC RACING TEAM    00:00:10
8    Andriy GRIVKO    ASTANA PRO TEAM    00:00:10
9    Rafael VALLS    LAMPRE – MERIDA    00:00:10
10   Jakob FUGLSANG    ASTANA PRO TEAM    00:00:10

Posted in Tour de Oman

LAMPRE-MERIDA three in a row: Cimolai rules the sprint

LAMPRE-MERIDA three in a row: Cimolai rules the sprint

LAMPRE-MERIDA rules again in Trofeo Laigueglia, obtaining the third victory in a row.
2013 Pozzato, 2014 Serpa and 2015 Cimolai.

The Italian rider, born in 1989, gave to the blue-fuchsia-green team the first seasonal victory and he achieved the first personal success in his career (he had obtained one victory in a team time trial in Coppi e Bartali 2010).
Cimolai preceded in the sprint of a reduced group Francesco Gavazzi, Tsatevich, Montaguti and Felline.

The 2015 edition saw the riders compete on a 191,8 km course with two Kom of Cima Paravenna, the Kom of Testico and the hill of Colla Micheri at less than 10 km to go.
LAMPRE-MERIDA managed the energies of their athletes in a perfct way, giving the proper contribution to the chase of the main breakaway of the race (4 riders) that was neutralized at 40 km to go and controlling the situation in the final part of the course.
Niemiec was great in closing the gap on three attackers (Zakarin, Stortoni and Felline) at -1500 mt, Cimolai was amazing in finalizing the performances by his team mates with a success (photo Bettini).

Cimolai, who turned pro in 2010 and he joined blue-fuchsia-green team in 2012, explained: “I always liked Trofeo Laigueglia, it’s a joy to have won this race, especially after that two team mates had conquered it in the recent past.
The path to the victory began in Australia, where I improve my condition. Coming back in Europe I suffered for bronchitis that influenced my performances in Dubai, but when I came back to Italy I focused my attention on recovering the necessayr fit: I came here in Laigueglia and I had morale for obtaining a top result.
The team realized an amazing race, Niemiec was outstanding in supporting me in the final kilometers.
This victory makes me face the hard trainings in view of the next appointments, Paris-Nice and the Classics“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Cimolai 4h53’47”
2- Gavazzi F. s.t.
3- Tsatevich s.t.
4- Montaguti s.t.
5- Felline s.t.
24- Niemiec s.t.
33- Bonifazio 1’23”, 66- Conti 6’23”, 67- Mori s.t., 68- Koshevoy s.t., 81- Pibernik 7’24”, 86- Durasek s.t.

Posted in Trofeo Laigueglia

Pozzato close to the podium in Al Bustan: he’s 4th

Pozzato close to the podium in Al Bustan: he’s 4th

Filippo Pozzato exhibited once again is good condition in the early part of the 2015, being so close to the podium of the 2nd stage of Tour de Oman.

The Italian rider from LAMPRE-MERIDA, who had obtained the 4th place in the queen stage of Dubai Tour, battled against the best cyclists of the peloton on the arrival of Al Bustan, crossing the finish line in the 4th position being preceded by Cancellara (1st), Valverde (2nd) and Van Avermaet (3rd) and anticipanting Sagan (photo Watson/Bettini).
Another blue-fuchsia-green athlete, Valls, confirmed he’s living a positive moment, obtaining the 11th place in the stage standing.

The key moment of the race was the climb of Al Jissah (summit at -4 km), when a series of attacks selected a front group of 19 members, who battled for tyhen victory in a sprint on a road with a light ascent.

In the overall classification, Valls (13th) and Pozzato (15th) have a gap of 10″ to the leader Cancellara.

Matteo Bono crashed in the final kilometers of the course, suffering a greenstick fracture of one rib. The medical staff of the team will check his condition in the next hours.

The final part of the season made the selection and the head group had only 19 members – Pozzato explained – I had good legs, that’s why I think it’s a pity I could not achieve the victory. In the sprint I had to brake to find a better path, but this thing doesn’t affect the deserved victory of Cancellara.
I’d like to underline that the team gave me a perfect support and that Valls was great in being on my side until the arrival“.

Rui Costa explained that: “Considering that this was my second day of race and that today we pedaled under the sun at 40°, I could be satisfied about my performance. I’m here in order to improve my pace and to improve my fit.
Pozzato was great, we’re sorry he could not celebrate a victory“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Cancellara 4h36’46”
2- Valverde s.t.
3- Van Avermaet s.t.
4- Pozzato s.t.
5- Sagan s.t.
11- Valls s.t., 38- Rui Costa 46″, 46- Modolo 55″, 61- Plaza 1’39”, 136- Oliveira 11’29”, 137- Ferrari s.t., 140- Bono 14’02”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Cancellara 8h22’14”
2- Valverde 4″
3- Konrad 5″
4- Van Avermaet 6″
13- Valls 10″
15- Pozzato s.t.
36- Rui Costa 56″

Posted in Tour de Oman

LAMPRE-MERIDA will try to be protagonist again

LAMPRE-MERIDA will try to be protagonist again

The recent results of Trofeo Laigueglia are painted in blue-fuchsia-green: in 2013, success for Filippo Pozzato; in 2014, victory for Josè Serpa.

LAMPRE-MERIDA will try to extend this winning series in 2015: the task is not simple, but sport director Daniele Righi will rely on strong riders.
In the team there will be Niccolò Bonifazio, Davide Cimolai, Valerio Conti, Kristijan Durasek, Ilia Koshevoy, Manuele Mori, Przemyslaw Niemiec and Luka Pibernik.

The course of the Trofeo Laigueglia could be suitable for various solutions and I think we’ll be ready to face each of them – Righi explained – Cimolai, Koshevoy and Pibernik will be ready to join the breakaway in the early part of the race: it’s important to avoid to miss large attacks, because it would change the way you approach the rest of the course.
Mori and Durasek will have chances in the second part of the race, as Niemiec and Conti will have the opportunity to join attacks in the final kilometers.
Bonifazio is our fastest rider: he’ll race on his hometown roads, he strongly wants to achieve a top result and, if the race will end in a sprint, he’ll be there battling

Posted in Trofeo Laigueglia

Modolo, sprint in the top 10

Modolo, sprint in the top 10

Sacha Modolo it’s in the top ten of the first acof the Tour de Oman (photo Watson/Bettini).

The stage (Bayt Al Naman Castle -Al Wutayyah, 161 km) finish in a massive sprint: in the bunch of the fast riders battling for the success there was Sacha Modolo too.
LAMPRE-MERIDA’s sprinter crossed the finish line in 9th position, Guardini obtained the victory.

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s goal was to support in the best way as possible Modolo and Rui Costa: for the former world champion this was the seasonal debut, that he spent without troubles (65th position).

The group of athletes from our team resumed the same group spirit tht they had shown in the last stages of Tour of Qatar – sport director Mauduit explained – Today we raced as a good team and we were able to support properly the captains. It was important the recovery of Bono after that he had faced health problems during the previous race.
Unlike Tour of Qatar, here in Oman there isn’t Richeze, so it was Ferrari and Pozzato’s turn to be the pilots for Modolo in the approach of the sprint. They did a good job“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Guardini 3h45’38”
2- Boonen s.t.
3- Pelucchi s.t.
4- Sinkeldam s.t.
5- Kristoff s.t.
9- Modolo s.t.
49- Valls s.t., 65- Rui Costa s.t., 67- Pozzato s.t., 81- Plaza s.t., 105- Oliveira s.t., 125- Bono s.t., 130- Ferrari 26″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Guardini 3h45’28”
2- Boonen 4
3- Konrad 5″
4- Pelucchi 6″
12- Modolo 10″

Posted in Tour de Oman

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