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Mori and Petilli in the head group: 12th and 18th place

Mori and Petilli in the head group: 12th and 18th place

In the third of the four Italian appointments which are scheduled in this week, which was the Gran Piemonte (207 km from Diano d’Alba to Agliè), LAMPRE-MERIDA did not succeeded in entering in the top 10, after that Ulissi had been on the podium in the Tre Valli Varesine (Tuesday) and had been 5th in the Milano-Piemonte (Wednesday).

On the arrival of the race, the always reliable Mori (photo Bettini) was 12th in the sprint of the head group of 20 riders, which was won by Nizzolo on Gaviria and Bennati.

The blue-fuchsia-green team which was directed by Marco Marzano was ready in the first part of the course in reacting to the very fast start, when 38 riders went clear from the bunch: in the breakaway, there were also Rui Costa, Cattaneo and Durasek.

The breakaway led the race until the feed point, where Rossetto counter-attacked remaining as solo leader until the last kilometer.
A selected group sprinter for the victory and, having Modolo quitted the race because of illness, Mori tried to do his best in the sprint in order to give LAMPRE-MERIDA a good result.

RACE RESULTS
1- Nizzolo 4h25’21”
2- Gaviria s.t.
3- Bennati s.t.
4- Lobato s.t.
5- Colbrelli s.t.
12- Mori s.t.
18- Petilli s.t, 29- Durasek 25″, 31- Cattaneo 29″, 56- Polanc 2’26”, 57- Bono s.t., 104- Rui Costa 16’38”, Modolo dnf

Posted in Gran Piemonte

Ulissi once again among the protagonists: 5th place on Superga hill

Ulissi once again among the protagonists: 5th place on Superga hill

After the 2nd place in the Tre Valli Varesine, Diego Ulissi obtained the 5th place in the Milano-Torino, which started from Sesto Ulteriano and finished on the Superga hill after 192 km (photo Bettini).

This additional result in the top 5 confirms that the Italian rider is in a good condition and that he can be competitive on various typologies of courses.

The plot of the race turned out to be without suprises: after that Cattaneo and other 10 riders attacked from the bunch at the 11th km and the peloton neutralized their action 7 km later, a breakaway of a trio (De Marchi, Grosu and Kennaugh) led the race until -9 km, having a maximum advantage of 8’40” at -75 km.

When the peloton bridged the gap from the last attacker (Kennaugh) it was formed of 30 riders, Ulissi and Niemiec included and it approached the final climb at a very high pace.
The first attack was the one by Zardini, then it was Woods’turn and finally Miguel Lopez made the winning attack which consented him to reach the arrival for a solo victory, with 9″ on Woods.
Behind them, the first chasing group, in which there was Ulissi too, was split in the very final meters and Uran obtained the 3rd place, Moreno the 4th and Ulissi was 5th (+21″).

Milano-Torino was for Rui Costa the final test in view of the Il Lombardia, key event for the Portuguese cyclist who was 3rd in Bergamo in the 2025 edition of the Italian classic.

RACE RESULTS
1- Lopez 4h13’36”
2- Woods 9″
3- Uran 14″
4- Moreno 19″
5- Ulissi 21″
31- Niemiec 3’28”, 56- Petilli 8’14”, Polanc dnf, Mori dfn, Rui Costa dnf, Durasek dnf, Cattaneo dnf

Posted in Milano-Torino

Marco Marcato and Andrea Guardini: Italian duo for TJ Sport

Marco Marcato and Andrea Guardini: Italian duo for TJ Sport

TJ Sport’s roster will be backed up by a cyclist who loves the most demanding and captivating races and by a pure sprinter.

Marco Marcato will join for 2017 and 2018 the first Chinese World Tour team, bringing his skills, experience and determination.

The Italian athlete, who was born in San Donà di Piave on 11/02/1984, turned pro in 2005 and in 12 seasons he obtained 6 victories and he carved out a role as reliable rider for the Classic races, having participated in 8 Amstel Gold Race, 6 Ronde van Vlaanderen and Gand-Wevelgem, 5 Liege-Bastogne-Liege, 4 Parigi-Roubaix and Fleche Wallone, 4  Milano-Sanremo and Giro di Lombardia.

Marcato will be allowed space to the expression of his skills and he’ll inspire the younger riders of the team.

I’m very happy to have the opportunity to race again in a World tour team: this gives me extra determination and it’s a fulfillment for my career – Marcato explained – I’m glad that such ambitious project, as the first Chinese World Tour team is, chose to sign me: I’ll try to exploit my skills in the races which suite me better, especially in the tour of Flandres, and to inspire the young talented cyclists of the team“.

Speed and six seasons in the pro world, in addition to 40 successes with the top of the stages victories in the Giro d’Italia 2011 and the Eneco Tour 2014 for the new sprinter of the first Chinese World Tour team.
Andrea Guardini, who was born in Tregnagno on 1989, signed a two years deal with TJ Sport.

The Italian sprinter commented: “First of all, I’d like to thank Giuseppe Saronni for the opportunity he offered me to be part of the new project of the team.
I can’t wait for starting the new season with the aim of give satisfaction to who chose to trust on me.
I feel I’m at the top of the development of my cycling skills, I’d like to open a new chapter of my career which I hope can be successfull: it will be fundamental the exciting team spirit of the new team, which I know really care about the sprinters.

My first goal will be to be competitive in the very early races in the season: the Tour of Qatar and the Abu Dhabi Tour will be next year in the World Tour calendar, they will be important appointment for me, because I really like these competitions and it would be great to give satisfaction there to my new team“.

In photo (Bettini): Andrea Guardini (left) and Marco Marcato (right).

Posted in Generica

Ulissi, 2nd place in Varese behind Colbrelli

Ulissi, 2nd place in Varese behind Colbrelli

Ulissi was 2nd in the Tre Valli Varesine (192,9 km), which started from Saronno and finished in Varese.
The result was the same of the Coppa Agostoni, when also in that race LAMPRE-MERIDA’s captain had been preceded by Colbrelli.

A breakaway of three riders (Boev, Dempster and Grosu), which went clear in the early kilometers of the race, had a maximum advantage of 9’40”.
LAMPRE-MERIDA became protagonist when, after that the breakaway had been neutralized, Niemiec followed an attack by De Marchi and Fuglsang on the top of the climb of Montello.
The attackers, who were joined by Slagter, Velasco, Roy, Santaromita, Gogl, Cort Nielsen and Dyer Quintana, led the race for almost one lap of the final circuit of 12,8 km (to be covered 9 times) in Varese, before the bunch bridged the gap.

In the final kilometers of the race, the blue-fuchsia-green cyclists Petilli and Mori leaded the peloton raising the speed in order to launch Ulissi, who tried to select the head group on the last hill of the course.
He also bridged the gap in he final kilometers to the duo of counter attackers Brambilla and Uran and he tried to launch the sprint of the selected group earlier than usual, in order to try to anticipate Colbrelli (photo Bettini), who was the fastest rider of the group.
Ulissi crossed the finish line few meters behind Colbrelli, obtaining the 2nd place.

After I had obtained a series of good results, my goal was the victory in the Tre Valli Varesine – Ulissi explained – All the necessary conditions were ok, thanks to a great team, good legs and a course which was suitable for me.

Unfortunately, I did not receive cooperation in the attempt to select the group and to precede Colbrelli: Sonny was the fastest and he was great on the climbs too, so I feel he deserved the victory“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Colbrelli 4h48’18”
2- Ulissi  s.t.
3- Gavazzi s.t.
4- Slagter s.t.
5-Visconti s.t.
22- Mori 16″, 60- Niemiec 1’39”, 62- Petilli s.t., 63- Masnada s.t., 75- Durasek 3’39”, Koshevoy dnf, Polanc dnf

Posted in Tre Valli Varesine

An Italian week: four races for LAMPRE-MERIDA

An Italian week: four races for LAMPRE-MERIDA

Four Italian races are scheduled in the calendar of LAMPRE-MERIDA during the current week.

On Tuesday 27th the blue-fuchsia-green team will participate in the Tre Valli Varesine (192,9 km, from Saronno to Varese), which will be followed on Wednesday 28th by Milano-Torino (start from San Giuliano Milanese and arrival on Colle di Superga, 186 km)and on Thursday 29th by Gran Piemonte (207 km from Diano d’Alba to Agliè).
On Saturday 1st October LAMPRE-MERIDA will take part in the last World Tour event, which will be the Il Lombardia: start from Como and arrival in Bergamo, 240 km of distance.

On the team’s car Mitsubishi Outlander in all the four races there will be the sports director Marco Marzano, who will oversee these lineups:
Tre Valli Varesine (27/9): Durasek, Koshevoy, Mori, Niemiec, Petilli, Polanc, Ulissi and the trainee Masnada.
Milano-Torino (28/9): Cattaneo, Rui Costa, Durasek, Mori, Niemiec, Petilli, Polanc, Ulissi.
Gran Piemonte (29/9): Bono, Cattaneo, Rui Costa, Durasek, Modolo, Mori, Petilli, Polanc.
Il Lombardia (1/10): Bono, Cattaneo, Rui Costa, Durasek, Mori, Petilli, Polanc, Ulissi.

Posted in Giro di Lombardia, Gran Piemonte, Milano-Torino, Tre Valli Varesine

Mohoric wins in Hong Kong

Mohoric wins in Hong Kong

The Wall of Grammont as judge of the 2016 edition of the Eneco Tour.

Three passages and the final climb on the iconic hill characterized the last stage of the World Tour race with start from Bornem and arrival at Geraardsbergen (197,8 km).

After the winning breakaway of Pibernik in the Saturday stage, LAMPRE-MERIDA did not succeed in being represented by one of their riders in the front of this sort of little Belgian classic..
Ferrari, Arashiro, Pibernik and Mario Costa were in the main group until 50 km to go, when the pace of the peloton raised and the bunch got selected.
The battle among the top riders became even more intense when the formed leader of the race, Dennis, was forced to quit the stage because of a crash.

Mario Costa reached the arrival in 31st position, at 1’50” to the winner Boasson Hagen.
Terpstra (2nd in the stage) won the general classification.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Boasson Hagen 4h03’27”
2- Terpstra 2″
3- Naesen s.t.
4- Dumoulin 43″
5- Van Avermaet s.t.
31- Mario Costa 1’50”
43- Arashiro 2’08”, 58- Pibernik 7’01”, 63- Ferrari s.t., Bono dnf, Cimolai dnf, Kump dnf, Modolo dnf

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Terpstra 22h43’26”
2- Naesen 31″
3- Sagan 1′
4- Van Avermaet 1’02”
5- Van Emden 1’03”
42- Arashiro 4’24”
57- Mario Costa 9’12”, 63- Ferrari 10’32”, 64- Pibernik 10’35”

There were also oriental shadows on the Sunday of LAMPRE-MERIDA, which gave exposure to the sponsors in Asia by winning in Hong Kong the International Criterium Cyclothon (event of the UCI criterium calendar).

Feng, Mohoric, Xu Gang and Zurlo, under the direction of Bruno Vicino and with the support of the mechanic Enrico Pengo, raced in the roads of Hong Kong on a circuit of 2,3 km to be covered 30 times.
Mohoric (photo RTHK) attacked together with thirteen cyclists in the first part of the race and he was brave in attacking again, together with the Danish rider Petersen, when there were still 35 km to the arrival.
The leading duo was so strong that lapped the bunch.
Mohoric then won the sprint for the success.

Posted in Cyclothon Hong Kong, Eneco Tour

No top results for LAMPRE-MERIDA, Consonni (future rider of TJ Sport) 5th

No top results for LAMPRE-MERIDA, Consonni (future rider of TJ Sport) 5th

LAMPRE-MERIDA did not realize a top performance in the Gp Beghelli, 193,6 km with start and arrival in Monteveglio and ten passages on the climb of Zappolino (average gradient of 7,2%).

Blue-fuchsia-green cyclists did not succeed to join the first breakaway of the race (7 members) and, in the penultimate lap of the final circuit (13,3 km to be covered ten times), they were slowed by a crash which, even if it did not involved them directly, forced them to loose the opportunity to be in the head group of 36 riders who sprinted for the victory.

The success was obtained by Ruffoni, who preceded Pozzato.

It’s a pity that none of our rider was in the head group on the arrival, we missed a very good opportunity for achieving an important result – sports director Righi commented – We were not in the main breakway, however the ten passages on the Zappolino climb were enough for trying an attack.
Unfortunately, the crash messed up our plan, however we succeeded to recover the front of the peloton, but on the donwhill of the Zappolino we were not ready to ract once again and we were dropped“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Ruffoni 4h25’21”
2- Pozzato s.t.
3- Keukeleire s.t.
4- Colbrelli s.t.
5- Consonni s.t.
49- Ulissi 3’28”
59- Polanc s.t., 61- Mori s.t., 67 Petilli s.t. 76- Troia s.t., Niemiec dnf, Conti dnf, Cattaneo dnf

Posted in Giro dell'Emilia e Gp Beghelli

Perfect breakaway, Pibernik wins in Lanaken

Perfect breakaway, Pibernik wins in Lanaken

LAMPRE-MERIDA won in the Eneco Tour too and they did it in the way that characterized the whole season of the blue-fuchsia-green team, which is attacking.
Luka Pibernik won the 6th stage of the Eneco Tour event, completing a long breakaway in which he pedaled together with other four riders, succeeding in avoiding the recovery of the bunch.

The six hills characterizing the 6th stage of the Eneco Tour, which started from Riemst and finished in Lanaken at the end of a 197 km course, excited six attackers (Pibernik and Gougeard, Haga, De Vries, Van Lerberghe, McNally) who escaped from the peloton in the early kilometers in the race, reaching a top advantage of 4’50” at the 50th kilometer.

On the hill of the Bois la Dame, 900 meters at 12,2% of gradient whose summit was at 54 km to the arrival, the peloton raised the pace and reduced the gap from the front of the race, however the chase was not intense and the breakaway (reduced to 5 members, De Vries was dropped) could enter in the last kilometer with an advantage large enough for sprinting for the victory.

Pibernik began his progression at -250 meters and he succeeded to precede McNally and Van Lerberghe (photo @EnecoTour), obtaining his third succeess in his career and giving to LAMPRE-MERIDA the 18th seasonal victory.

I won my first World Tour race, I’m very satisfied – Pibernik explained – LAMPRE-MERIDA approached each stage of the Eneco Tour with a battling spirit, today it was my turn to try to join the breakaways and I succeeded in joining the right one.

The cooperation between the breakaway’s members was very good, we were only focused on defending our advantage on the peloton.
Only when we entered in the final kilometer, I realized that we had the opportunity to won the stage: in my opinion, Gougeard was the strongest rider in the breakway, so I decided to begin the sprint following him, however at 250 meters to the arrival I preferrd to begin my progression and it was the winning choice“.

The last and crucial stage will be a sort of little Belgian classic which will start from Bornem and will finish in Geerardsbergen (197,8 km). Dennis will start wearing the jersey as leader of the general classification.

ORDINE D’ARRIVO
1- Pibernik 4h28’45”
2- McNally s.t.
3- Van Lerberghe s.t.
4- Gougeard s.t.
5- Haga s.t.
12- Ferrari 5″, 43- Arashiro s.t. , 98- Modolo 55″, 106- Mario Costa 1’24”, 114- Kump 2’03”, 129- Bono 3’54”, 156- Cimolai 6’14”

CLASSIFICA GENERALE
1- Dennis 18h09’37”
2- Phinney 16″
3- Martin T. 24″
4- Sagan 27″
5- Terpstra s.t.
67- Arashiro 2’29”

Posted in Eneco Tour

Ulissi 8th at the arrival on the top of San Luca hill

Ulissi 8th at the arrival on the top of San Luca hill

Diego Ulissi (photo Bettini) in the top 10 of the Giro dell’Emilia (213 km) which started from Bologna and finished on the summit of San Luca hill.
LAMPRE-MERIDA’s captain battled until the final 1000 meters, surrendering to an impressive Chaves, who obtained the victory preceding Bardet and Uran.

In the early part of the race, the blue-fuchsia-green cyclists participated in the battle for joining the breakaways, however it was necessary to wait for the first climb of the course (Mongardino, 41,3 km in the race) to see the breakaway of eight riders going clear.

No blue-fuchsia-green cyclists were in the breakaway, so they focused their attention on supporting Ulissi until the approach of the final circuit with five passages on the San Luca hill.

The key moment was the final kilometer of the race, when the remaining breakaways members, Latour and De Marchi, were reached by the selected group of chasers: Ulissi was among them, however he could not follow the attack by Chaves.
Ulissi was 8th, at 14″ to the winner.

RACE RESULTS
1- Chaves 5h07’28”
2- Bardet 3″
3- Uran s.t.
4- Aru s.t.
5- Bakelants 10″
8- Ulissi 14″
46- Petilli 4’48”, 55- Ravasi 6’33”, Cattaneo dnf, Conti dnf, Mori dnf, Niemiec dnf, Masnada dnf

Posted in Giro dell'Emilia e Gp Beghelli

LAMPRE-MERIDA 16th in the team time trial

LAMPRE-MERIDA 16th in the team time trial

The 5th stage of the Eneco Tour was a team time trial on the distance of 20,9 km.

With start and arrival in Sittard-Geleen, the course of the race was characterized by long straights and few bends, which required to be approached carefully, especially in a team time trial.

For a team such as LAMPRE-MERIDA, which is set up for an attacking approach to the race, today stage was not offering too many chances for obtaining top results.
The blue-fuchsia-green train (photo @EnecoTour) completed the race in 24’36″63 (average speed 51,114 km/h), 1’22” more than the performance of the winning team, which was BMC of the new leader of the general classification Dennis.

STAGE RESULTS
1- BMC 23’11”
2- Etixx-Quick Step 6″
3- Lotto NL-Jumbo 23″
4- Movistar 25″
5- IAM 26″
16- LAMPRE-MERIDA 1’22”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Dennis 13h40’47”
2- Phinney 16″
3- Martin 24″
4- Sagan 27″
5- Terpstra s.t.

Posted in Eneco Tour

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