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First stage Tour of Qinghai Lake, Pibernik 15^ at the sprint

First stage Tour of Qinghai Lake, Pibernik 15^ at the sprint

After several days of rain, Xining has turned on the charm with an extraordinary day in the sun during all the seven laps by 17.24 km provided in today’s circuit, for a total of 121 km  in the town’s roads.

The group was eager to start the race and has traveled the first 10km very aggressively. The first three runners to escape were the Ukrainian Sergiy Lagkuti (Kolss-BDC), the Azerbaïdjani  Elchin Asadov (Synergy Baku) and the Mongolian Maral-Erdene Batmunkh. After 22km entered into escape even the two-time  Tawainese road champion Chun Kai Feng ( Lampre-Merida ).

The getaway has seen then increase the number of strikers, up to a total of 12 runners with a maximum benefit of 44″ seconds, before being swallowed up by the group launched toward the sprint with compact ranks won by Kump.

In the final sprint, a good 15^ place for our young and neo National Champion Slovenian Pibernik.

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Rui the best rider for LAMPRE-MERIDA in the time trial

Rui the best rider for LAMPRE-MERIDA in the time trial

In a hot summer day, Rui Costa (photo Bettini) hurles his Merida Warp TT at an average speed of 51,269 km/h on the 13,8 km course in Utrecht, in the first stage of the Tour de France 2015.
The Portuguese talent covered the course in 15’09” and this performance did not grant him a place in the top of the stage classification (83rd place, 1’13” to the winning performance of Dennis, who pedaled at a record average speed of 55,446 km/h), however he could limit the gap to the other top contenders for the overall classification.

I was competitive in the first part of the course, my legs were good and I succeded in pedaling at a high speed – Rui Costa said – In the central part, where the course became more suitable for the specialists of the time trial, I lost seconds: I was aware it could have happened.
I’ve already focused my attention on tomorrow stage, which will be very insidous“.

The sport director Philippe Mauduit explained that: “We were aware that, without a pure time trial specialist for these kind of course, our target was to limit the gap from the top contenders for the overall classifciation.
The gap is not so large, I think stages such tomorrow one will make larger gaps. It will be very important to ride as an unite team, pedaling one mate close to the other in order to overtake the dangers that the wind and the course will create“.

STAGE STANDING AND OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Dennis 14h56′”
2- Martin 5″
3- Cancellara 6″
4- Dumoulin 8″
5- Van Emden 15″
83- Rui Costa 1’13”
94- Oliveira 1’16”, 133- Valls 1’30”, 158- Plaza 1’40”, 162- Pozzato 1’42”, 163- Cimolai 1’43”, 182- Durasek 1’55”, 187- Serpa 2’09”, 189- Bono 2’13”

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Data, timing and numbers of the start of the Grande Boucle

Data, timing and numbers of the start of the Grande Boucle

Everything is ready in Team LAMPRE-MERIDA for the start of the Tour de France 2015 (in photo Bettini, the team at the official presentation).

In the opening individual time trial, 13,8 km in Utrecht, the first cyclists from the team of the sport directors Mauduit and Pedrazzini to start won’t wear the blue-fuchsia-green colors. At 14,06 Nelson Oliveira will start his Tour de France wearing the speedsuit manifactured by Champion System in the colors of the Portuguese time trial champion.
This is the complete time schedule of LAMPRE-MERIDA’s riders, who’ll cover the course on their Merida Warp TT:
– 14,06: Oliveira
– 14,28: Valls
– 14,50: Bono
– 15,12: Durasek
– 15,34: Cimolai
– 15,56: Serpa
– 16,18: Pozzato
– 16,40: Plaza
– 17,02: Rui Costa

For the riders, considering the time schedule and the unusual organization of the day, one important element will be the nutrition.
LAMPRE-MERIDA will rely on the past Young Endurance Balance (more info here), which grants the necessary and balanced quantity of carbohydrates and proteins.

Davide Cimolai will play the double role of cyclist and cameraman: while he will be pedaling, a GoPro camera fixed on the handlebar of his bike will shoot images of the time trial. This is possible thanks to the partnership that Velon teams (more info here) and ASO signed with GoPro.
Stay tuned on LAMPRE-MERIDA’s social network accounts to watch the images.

This is the entry list, with numbers of the Team LAMPRE-MERIDA:
– 151, Rui Costa
– 152, Bono Matteo
– 153, Cimolai Davide
– 154, Durasek Kristijan
– 155, Oliveira Nelson
– 156, Plaza Molina Rubèn
– 157, Pozzato Filippo
– 158, Serpa Perez Josè Rodolfo
– 159, Valls Ferri Rafael

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Training on the cobblestones and teams presentation

Training on the cobblestones and teams presentation

LAMPRE-MERIDA is acclimatizing with the Tour de France 2015 and this year the climate of the Grande Boucle is very hot, considering the high temperature which are in Europe.

On Wednesday, all the 9 blue-fuchsia-green cyclists  (Rui Costa, Bono, Cimolai, Durasek, Oliveira, Plaza, Pozzato, Serpa and Valls) made a recon on the course of the 4th stage of the French race, the Seraing-Cambrai which will take place on Monday the 7th of July: this will be a special  stage because the riders will cover 7 cobblestones sectors.
The sport directors Mauduit and Pedrazzini and the athletes covered the last 130 km of the course, studying the cobblestones sectors pedaling on their Merida Ride bikes.
In the late afternoon, the LAMPRE-MERIDA group reached the hotel in Soestduinen, in Utrecht surroundings.

On Thursday morning, the team will pedal for 2 hours and 30  minutes, using also the Merida Warp TT bikes,  in view of the start of the race which will be on Saturday in Utrecht (13,8 km individual time trial).
In the afternoon, the team will take part in the official teams presentation: LAMPRE-MERIDA’s athletes and all the other cyclists will pedal in the roads of Utrecht for a parade.

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Invito conferenza stampa ufficiale di presentazione

Invito conferenza stampa ufficiale di presentazione

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LAMPRE-MERIDA flies to China for a demanding stages race

LAMPRE-MERIDA flies to China for a demanding stages race

In July, LAMPRE-MERIDA will take part in the Tour de France, but the blue-fuchsia-green team will focus its attention on another very interesting appointment, namely the Tour of Qinghai Lake, the most important Chinese stages race which will take place from the 5th to the 18th of July.

This will be the second participation of LAMPRE-MERIDA in the Chinese race, whose course is very demanding, considering that the riders will pedal for most of the 13 stage over the 1800 meters of altitude and climbing Kom at 3443 mt (3rd stage, Xining-Qinghai Lake), at 3760 mt (4th stage, Xiahizhen-Gonghe), at 3777 mt (6th, Gonghe-Guide) and at 3530 mt (7th stage, Guide-Xunhua).

Sport director Vicino will manage the energies of  Mattia Cattaneo, Mario Costa, the  Taiwanese star Feng Chun Kai, the Ethiopian champion Tsgabu Grmay, Ilia Koshevoy, Luka Pibernik and the awaited Chinese star Xu Gang.

In the operative staff there will be the doctor De Grandi, the mechanics Bacchion and Romanò, the masseurs Negri, Santerini and Shao Chuange and the media manager for Asia Zhao Haoyang.
LAMPRE-MERIDA will receive a key support from Merida China.

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LAMPRE-MERIDA’s selection for the Grande Boucle

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s selection for the Grande Boucle

The technical staff of Team LAMPRE-MERIDA selected 9 cyclists who’ll participate in the 2015 edition of the Tour de France (4-26 July).

These are the names of the 9 riders who’ll be at the start from Utrecht:
Matteo Bono: 32 years old, Italy, 3 caps in the Tour de France, climber rouleur.
Davide Cimolai: 26 years old, Italy, 2 caps in the Tour de France, sprinter.
Rui Costa: 28 years old, Portugal, 6 caps in the Tour de France, 3 stage victories in the Tour de France, Portuguese champion, climber rouleur.
Kristijan Durasek: 27 years old, Croatia, 1 caps in the Tour de France, climber.
Nelson Oliveira: 26 years old, Portugal, 1 caps in the Tour de France, Portuguese TT champion, rouleur.
Rubèn Plaza Molina: 35 years old, Spain, 4 caps in the Tour de France, rouleur.
Filippo Pozzato: 33 years old, Italy, 5 caps in the Tour de France, 2 stage victories in the Tour de France, fast rouleur.
Josè Serpa Perez: 36 years old, Colombia, 2 caps in the Tour de France, climber.
Rafael Valls Ferri: 28 years old, Spain, 3 caps in the Tour de France, climber.

Then cyclists from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA will represent 5 different Nations (Colombia, Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Spain) and 2 Continents (Europe and South America).
The average age is 30 years.

The team will be directed by Philippe Mauduit and Simone Pedrazzini, who’ll receive the assistance by Marco Marzano.
In the operative staff there will be the doctors Luca Pollastri and Matteo Beltemacchi, the masseurs Capelli, Del Gallo, Lima, Napolitano and Redaelli, the mechanics Baron, Bortoluzzo, Coelho and Pengo and the driver Bozzolo.
The press office will be represented by Andrea Appiani (team@teamlampremerida.com, +39335326153) in the first week, then by Carlo Saronni (carlo@teamlampremerida.com, +393393645434) until the end of the race.

Everyday, the cyclists will dedicate 10’ to the press and the journalists at the team bus when it will have reached the start parking, 1h10’ before the end of the signing in.
For those who’ll be interested to meet and talk with the riders, please reach the team bus as soon as it will be parked, so you’ll avoid to wait for the riders who’ll be busy with the pre-race duties.

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Three more national titles for the LAMPRE-MERIDA

Three more national titles for the LAMPRE-MERIDA

LAMPRE-MERIDA completed the weekend of the national championships adding three titles to the two ones which had been already won (Oliveira in the Portugues TT and Grmay in the Ethiopian TT), for a total of 5 titles and 21 seasonal victories (obtained by 12 different cyclists, nearly the 50% of the roster).

After having won the time trial championship, Tsgabu Grmay obtained the success in the Ethiopian road championship.
He was the best rider on the 140 km course in Jimma, adding the third national title to his list of victories.

The Portuguese national championships too were kingdom of the LAMPRE-MERIDA, as it had happened in the 2014 season thanks to the double by Oliveira.
Today Rui Costa won the road title, after that on Friday Oliveira had obtained the time trial championship.
Rui Costa was first at the arrival of a very demanding course (193,2 km, Braga), also thanks to the support by the team mates Mario Costa and Oliveira, who led the group and supported Rui until the final part of the race.
The world champion of Florence 2013 preceded Brandao, Machado (2″) and Amaro (5″) and won the first road national title in his career (he had already obtained two portuguese time trial championships).

The young talented rider Luka Pibernik is the new Slovenian champion.
He obtained his second national title in career (he had won the first one in 2013) on the 178,3 km course in Mirna Pec, preceding Fajt and Bozic at the end of a long breakaway.

Third place for Ilia Koshevoy in the Bielarus national championship.

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Grmay is the TT champion, Ulissi 3rd in Superga

Grmay is the TT champion, Ulissi 3rd in Superga

After the success of Nelson Oliveira in Portugal, LAMPRE-MERIDA celebrates another one victory in the TT thanks to Tsgabu Grmay.
The African champion of the time trial won the Ethiopian championship of the speciality.
On a 30 km course in Jimma, Grmay obtained the 3rd national title in the TT, giving to LAMPRE-MERIDA the 18th seasonal success.

In the Italian road championship, 219 km from Legnano to the summit arrival on Superga hill (two passages), Diego Ulissi demonstrates to be a fightes, obtaining the 3rd place behind Nibali and Reda.
LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclist surrendered only to an attack from Nibali when there were 2 km to the arrival, after that he had succeded in replying to the Nibali’s attacks in the first passage on Superga hill and in the descent.
The resistance of Ulissi has a top value, considering that in a week Nibali will be in the Tour de France trying to defend the yellow jersey he had won in the 2014 edition.
Good performance by Conti too: he was 10th.

My condition is good and I like this course, where I won one Milano-Torino – Ulissi explained – Unfortunately for me, Nibali is at the top of his form and he’s ready to face the Tour de France, so he deserved the victory.
I completed a long period of races obtaining the podium and being satisfied for having tried to do my best to obtain a top result in today race“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Nibali 4h57’38”
2- Reda 13″
3- Ulissi 29″
4- Zilioli 1’17”
5- Rebellin s.t.
10- Conti 2’15”
24- Mori

In photos (Bettini): Grmay in a time trial (archive) and Ulissi on the podium of the Italian championship.

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Oliveira is the champion once again

Oliveira is the champion once again

The jersey of the Portuguese time trial champion did not change the owner: it will be for the next year too on the shoulders of Nelson Oliveira.

The LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclist (photo Bettini) obtained the first place on the 36 km course in Braga (4 laps of 9 km each) stopping the watch on 44’05”, 4″ better than Machado (2nd) and 47″ better than Mendes (3rd).

In the first, second and third lap, Oliveira was on late comparing to Machado, but in the last lap he succeded in increasing his pace and he completed the overtake in the time standing.

I’m very happy, because it’s always something difficult to repeat a victory, especially on this year course, which was very demanding – Oliveira, at his third national time trial title as pro, in addition to one title he had conquered as Under 23 – The circuit was characterized by a climb, which was not long but it was quite demanding, and by a descent with headwind, where it was fundamental to have the necessary energies to push on the pedal.
I managed my energies in the first part of the race, then I increased my pace and I had the energies to be very fast on my Merida Warp TT in the last lap.
I obtained very good feedbacks from my legs, so I decided to participate in the road race too, with the aim to support Rui Costa: it would be great if he could wear the national champion jersey I worn this year“.

On Sunday, Oliveira, Rui Costa (today he was 8th) and Mario Costa (today 14th) will take part in Braga in the road race (193,2 km).

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First stage Tour of Qingha..

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After several days of rain, Xining has turned on the charm with an extraordinary day in the sun during all the seven laps by 17.24 km provided in today’...

Rui the best rider for LAM..

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In a hot summer day, Rui Costa (photo Bettini) hurles his Merida Warp TT at an average speed of 51,269 km/h on the 13,8 km course in Utrecht, in the

Data, timing and numbers o..

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Everything is ready in Team LAMPRE-MERIDA for the start of the Tour de France 2015 (in photo Bettini, the team at the official presentation). In the opening ...