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Recon on the course of the Doyenne

Recon on the course of the Doyenne

LAMPRE-MERIDA spent half day in the traditional recon on the course of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

All the 8 riders who will take part on Sunday in the Doyenne, namely Bono, Conti, Rui Costa, Mori, Polanc, Serpa, Ulissi and Valls, pedaled on the course of the Belgian classic, controlled by the sport directors Mauduit and Pedrazzini and by the team manager Copeland.
The recon started before the Cote de Wanne and ended on the arrival in Ans, for a total lenght of 97,5 km and of 8 cotes covered.

In the special ranking of the most experienced riders of LAMPRE-MERIDA in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Mori is the leader (8 participations) and he’s chased by Bono (6) and Rui Costa (5). Four Doyennes for Ulissi, two for Valls and one for Serpa. Conti and Polanc (both 22 years old) are at their first appearance.

Posted in Classiche delle Ardenne

LAMPRE-MERIDA is going to face the Turkish short stages race

LAMPRE-MERIDA is going to face the Turkish short stages race

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA is ready for Flying to Turkey, for the traditional appointment with the short stages race of the Tour of Turkey (www.tourofturkey.org), which will take place from the 26th of April to the 3rd of May.

For the Turkish race, the blue-fuchsia-gree team, will have an international selection made by cyclists from 7 different nations: Argentina, Belarus Croatia, China, Italy, Portugal and Taiwan.

These are the selected riders: Mario Costa, Kristijan Durasek, Chun Kai Feng, Roberto Ferrari, Ilia Koshevoy, Sacha Modolo, Maximiliano Richeze and Xu Gang.

Ilia Koshevoy and Kristijan Durasek will be the riders for the climbs and the Croatian athlet will fith for a top place in the overall classification.
The group of the sprinters is full of high-grade: Sacha Modolo, with the support by Ferrari and Richeze, will be protagonist of the sprints.
The two Asian riders, Chun Kai Feng and Xu Gang, are awaited for good performances in Europe, while Mario Costa’s will be asked to try to join the breakaway and to support the captains.

Posted in Giro di Turchia

LAMPRE-MERIDA con la maglia a raggi infrarossi Warm Wild

LAMPRE-MERIDA con la maglia a raggi infrarossi Warm Wild

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The blue-fuchsia-green ambitions vanished at 300 mt to go

The blue-fuchsia-green ambitions vanished at 300 mt to go

LAMPRE-MERIDA’s jerseys were in the front of the race until 300 mt to the finish line of the Flèche Wallone (205,5 km), then the ambitions for a top result in the Belgian World Tour race vanished.

Despite in the race course a new hill was added (Cote de Cherave, summit at 5,5 km to go), it was once again the Mur de Huy (photo Bettini, three passages) the judge that assigned the victory of the Flèche Wallone: Valverde won the race thanks to an action at 300 meters to go, preceding Alaphilippe and Albasini.

Up to that moment, the LAMPRE-MERIDA was focused on the supporto to the captain Rui Costa, avoiding all the crashes that occurred in the final part of the course (only Serpa had to stop his bike once in order to avoid to get involved seriously in one accident) and approaching the Cote de Cherave in the front of the bunch.
This Cote selected a Group of 40 riders that reached the beginning of the final passage on the Mur de Huy with Valls in the first position and Rui Costa following him: the Portuguese rider set a constant rythm that was incisive until 400 meters to go, when the opponents overtook him.
Rui action could not be incisive enough any more and he managed to reach the arrival in 28th place at 28″ to Valverde.

I was aware of the fact that the Mur de Huy is more suitable for riders that are smaller and heavier than me and that can exploit explosive actions: these are not my characteristics - Rui Costa explained – Despite this, I started this morning with the will of being competitive as usual and during the race I really wanted to finalize the perfect support my team mates, as an example Ulissi, Bono and Valls, who help me in avoiding the crashes and in approaching the hills in the best possible position.
On the final passage of the Mur de Huy, I tried to be in the front of the Group, setting a pace that was suitable for me, hoping it could be incisive, but it was not enough“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Valverde 5h08’22”
2- Alaphilippe s.t.
3- Albasini s.t.
4- Rodríguez s.t.
5- Moreno s.t.
28- Rui Costa 28″
42- Valls 1’19”, 50- Ulissi 1’54”, 60- Polanc 2’05”, 90- Mori 5’47”, 91- Conti s.t., 98- Serpa 6’24”, Bono dnf

Posted in Classiche delle Ardenne

Xu Gang is in Europe: the video for his departure from China

Xu Gang is in Europe: the video for his departure from China

One of the cyclists who could be selected in Team LAMPRE-MERIDA group for the Giro d’Italia is the Chinese athlete Xu Gang, who’s living his second season in the blu-fuchsia-green team (in 2006 he spent half season in the team as trainee).

On Sunday he arrived in Europe and he’s now training in Tuscany with his team mates Przemyslaw Niemiec and Chun Kai Feng and with the support of the sport director Daniele Righi and the trainer Michele Bartoli.

Xu Gang is an idol for the Chinese fans: watch this video (link) in order to understand how big is the support and the passion that he’s receiving from China and that he’s bringing to Europe and Italy.
In the video Xu Gang is shown in Shanghai Pudong airport, where his fans say goodbye to him, singing an anthem (translation: “Xu Gang you’re our pride and you give honor to China, go Xu Gang and have a nice journey”). In addition, the members of Merida China and the general manager James Chan give their support to Xu Gang.

Posted in Giro d'Italia

LAMPRE-MERIDA con la Fondazione Celeghin per un’iniziativa ciclistica

LAMPRE-MERIDA con la Fondazione Celeghin per un’iniziativa ciclistica

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Posted in Giro d'Italia

Rui close to the podium: 4th place in the first Ardenne Classic

Rui close to the podium: 4th place in the first Ardenne Classic

Rui Costa never betrays and each time he’s at the start of a race, there’s the certainty that he’ll fight for being protagonist.
This happened in Amstel Gold Race too, where the Portuguese rider obtained the 4th place, preceded in the final sprint by Kwiatkowski (1st), Valverde (2nd) and Matthews (3rd): photo Bettini.

The race was lead after 30 km by a six cyclists breakaway: in LAMPRE-MERIDA line-up there were Bono and Polanc, two very reliable attackers, so it was simple for the sport directors Mauduit and Pedrazzini to have one rider in the main breakaway and this time the blue-fuchsia-green attacker was Polanc, who managed to lead the race for 200 km (the breakaway was neutralized at 25 km to go.

A large group approached the final passage on the Cauberg, Gilbert attacked and he selected a 18 riders group in which there was Rui Costa too, who managed to be very close to the podium.

Today my feelings were good and, thanks to my team mates, I managed to drive my Merida bike in a competitive way on the winding roads of the Amstel Gold Race – Rui Costa explained – I only had a problem in the approach of the Eyserbosweg, at 40 km to go, when two riders that were preceding me crashed and I could avoid the first one, but not the second one. I did not suffer consequences and so I managed to come back to the bunch and be in the head position in view of the final kilometers.
The group was still counting many riders and Gilbert’s action was good but not enough for allowing him to win, so the chasing group in which I was pedaling could join him.
I was still having energies for the sprint, but I was very close to the fences so I must brake and this hesitation made me missing the best moment to start the sprint and the possibility to be on the podium.
Anyway, the fourth place is a very good result, also taking into consideration the value of the opponents, and a good start for this important week“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Kwiatkowski 6h31’49”
2- Valverde s.t.
3- Matthews s.t.
4- Rui Costa s.t.
49- Ulissi 52″, 53- Valls s.t., 101- Durasek 6’47”, 103- Polanc s.t., 109- Mori s.t., Bono dnf, Conti dnf.

Posted in Classiche delle Ardenne

The selection of LAMPRE-MERIDA for the demanding week

The selection of LAMPRE-MERIDA for the demanding week

LAMPRE-MERIDA in the Ardenne, where they’ll get involved in three World Tour events of the Amstel Gold Race (Holland, Sunday 19th April), the Fleche Wallone (Belgium, Wednesday 22th April) and of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Belgium, Sunday 26th April).

For the Dutch race, eight riders were selected to wear the blue-fuchsia-green jerseys that are manifactured by Champion System: Matteo Bono , Valerio Conti, Rui Costa, Kristijan Durasek, Manuele Mori, Jan Polanc, Diego Ulissi and Rafael Valls.
In the following Belgian races, the Colombian climber Josè Serpa will take the place of Durasek.
The team will be directed by the duo Mauduit and Pedrazzini, who’ll receive the support by the masseurs Della Torre, Lima and Redaelli, of the mechanics Baron and Viganò, of the bus driver Bozzolo and of the doctor Ronchi.

Most of the attention of the opponents will be towards Rui Costa, but the Portuguese rider won’t be the only one competitive cyclist in the Team LAMPRE-MERIDA selection for the Ardenne Classics: Valls lived an outstanding first part of the season (stage and overall classification victory in Tour of Oman, 8th places in Paris-Nice and in Volta a Catalunya), Polanc demonstated in Vuelta al Pais Vasco his amazing condition, Ulissi is full of energies and he wants to exploit the experience he got in the past participations in these races.
The dash of Conti is joined by the experience of Mori and Bono (in 2014, Bono protagonist in a breakaway who allowed him to realize a solo passage on the summit of the Redoute) and the climbing skills of Serpa and Durasek.

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA will be hosted, during the whole week, in Eurotel Lanaken

Posted in Classiche delle Ardenne

LAMPRE-MERIDA makes history with the first Taiwanese rider in the race

LAMPRE-MERIDA makes history with the first Taiwanese rider in the race

The weekend of the Paris-Roubaix was not particulary profitable for the Team LAMPRE-MERIDA (61st place for Oliveira and 65th place for Pozzato, who also faced two punctures), but Chun Kai Feng gave pride to the blue-fuchsia-green team.

LAMPRE-MERIDA makes history of the Hell of the North: Feng (photo Bettini) was the first Taiwanese cyclists to be at the start of the race from Compiegne.
This was not merely a statistic data, since the interest from the media and the fans was really great: so many fans asked Feng to sing an autograph or to take a picture.

The exposure for the rider, the team and its sponsors was very high and in Asia the topic was very central: from Thursday to Sunday, two Taiwanese reporters, with the support of Zhao Haoyang (LAMPRE-MERIDA’s Asia media manager) followed all the actions of Feng and the media replies were amazing.
Feng had an article dedicated to him in the first page of the Chinese newspaper United Daily News (link) whose circulation is 1.650.000 copies.
Moreover, the CNA (Central News Agency: the state news agency of the Republic of China) realized a reportage you can watch here.

“This has been an outstanding experience for me and I’m very honoured to had received the opportunity to race the Paris-Roubaix – Feng explained – I learnt that in this race the most important things are the experience, the form and a little bit of luck: I’m not in the top of my shape because of a contusion on my knee that I suffered in a crash in Tour of Taiwan, I approached the early cobbled sectors in the rear part of the bunch and so I had to stop or to run in the fields in order to overtake the crashed riders.
I could not achieve the goal of reaching Roubaix, but I’d like to take part to the race again in the future in a better form in order to try do obtain a better result: I learnt a lot from my team mates and the sport directors of the team”.

Posted in Classiche del Nord

What a great Rui: perfect time trial and 7th place in the final GC

What a great Rui: perfect time trial and 7th place in the final GC

Rui Costa (photo Bettini, with Polanc, Serpa and Mario Costa) obtained a place in the top 10 of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco thanks to a very good performance in the final time trial.

The Portuguese rider covered the Aia course (18,3 km, the first part in donwhill, the second part with two short but demanding hills) in 29’20”, at an average speed of 37,432 km/h, 34″ higher than the performance of the winner Dumoulin, obtaining the 8th place.
The most important consequence of this performance is that Rui entered in the top 10 of the final general classification (he was 12th): he’s 7th at 1’14” from Rodriguez.

I’m very happy for the 7th place in the overall classification of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, which is a race in which I always made huge efforts – Rui Costa explained – This year edition was particularly demanding and the level of the opponents was so high.
I had to face difficult moments but I did not give up and, thanks to the support of the team and of my team mates, I succeeded in obtaining this result“.

Sport director Philippe Mauduit, who received the support of his colleague Marco Marzano, confirmed that: “The result Rui achieved is very good for him and for the team. The value of the 7th place is even higher if we consider that there were a bunch of top riders and that the course was very suitable for light weight cyclists“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Dumoulin 28’46”
2- Rodriguez 4″
3- Izaguirre 5″
4- Henao 17″
5- Intxausti 21″
8- Rui Costa 34″
32- Polanc 1’46”, 34- Ulissi 1’48”, 54- Plaza 2’53”, 57- Serpa 2’39”, 58- Conti 2’40”, 65- Mario Costa 2’47”, 101- Bono 4’53

FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Rodriguez 21h49’38”
2- Henao 13″
3- Izagirre 29″
4- Quintana 38″
5- Yates 46″
6- Scarponi 1’06”
7- Rui Costa 1’14”
23- Polanc 6’23”, 48- Serpa 22’07”, 64- Ulissi 39’57”, 72- Plaza 46’46”, 78- Conti 50’53”, 94- Bono 58’27”, 101- Mario Costa 1h04’04”

Posted in Giro dei Paesi Baschi

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