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Oliveira 12th in the Basque classic, Plaza out for a flat tyre

Oliveira 12th in the Basque classic, Plaza out for a flat tyre

LAMPRE-MERIDA went close to be in the top 10 of the Clasica de San Sebastian, a race which is traditionally unfavourable for the blue-fuchsia-colors.

Nelson Oliveira realized a fairly good performance, obtaining the 12th position after having battled for a place in the top 10, which was missed also because of a crash in the sprint of the group which was chasing the winner Adam Yates.
The British rider reach the arrival with 15″ on a 15 riders group in which there was Oliveira too, who was recovering positions in the sprint for the 2nd place but was forced to brake because of a crash of one of the cyclists who were preceding him (in photo Bettini, Oliveira, on the left of the image, is forced to change the trajectory in order to escape from the crash).

The race had been led from the start by a group of 8 riders with a top advantage of 4′.
The first change of the leadership happened on the second passage on the climb of the Jaizkibel, when 16 athletes overtook the former breakaway members.
On the Alto de Arkalis (-35 km), other 9 cyclists took the leadership of the race with a small advantage on a 50 riders group among whose members there were also the blue-fuchsia-green Oliveira, Serpa and Plaza, this last one had spent many energies to recover the group after a puncture.
The last climb of the course (Bordako Tontorra, summit at 7 km to the arrival) was the key moment for the winning attack by Yates, who resist to the chase of the chasing group in which Oliveira too was pedaling.
In the LAMPRE-MERIDA team, the race was completed also by Plaza, Serpa and Rui Costa, who all were in the top 100.

We chose not to be in the main breakaway when we saw it was not a large attack, considering also that often in this race the breakaway did not reach the arrival – sport director Mauduit explained – We focused our energies in supporting those riders from our team who could exploit a good condition, namely the ones who had finished one week ago the Tour de France: Oliveira, Serpa and Plaza.
They were all in the main group in the final part of the race, but Plaza had to recover after a puncture in a key moment and so he spent many energies.

Oliveira was very competitive and he managed perfectly his energies, so he could be in the first chasers group taking part in the sprint for the top results, but his action was slowed by a crash of a rider.

For what concerns Rui Costa, it’s necessary to consider that today he was racing for the first time after the withdrawal from the Tour de France. His performance was fairly good, it was an important step in view of the next part of the season“.

RACE RESULTS
1- Yates A. 5h30’22”
2- Gilbert 15″
3- Valverde s.t.
4- Moreno s.t.
5- Rodriguez s.t.
12- Oliveira s.t.
53- Plaza 2’29”, 67- Serpa 4’03”, 95- Rui Costa 15’06”, Mario Costa dnf, Koshevoy dnf, Pibernik dnf, Polanc dnf

Posted in Clasica San Sebastian

Ganna, Pacioni and Ravasi will be blue-fuchsia-green trainees

Ganna, Pacioni and Ravasi will be blue-fuchsia-green trainees

From August the 1st, three young guns will join Team LAMPRE-MERIDA as trainees.
The blue-fuchsia-green technical staff and management decided to give the opportunity to live important cycling experiences in the pro world to Filippo Ganna, Luca Pacioni and Edward Ravasi.
These three riders will debut in September, their programs of race is still to be set.

Filippo Ganna born in Verbania on 25-7-1996, is the youngest of the three trainees and he has been already scouted by LAMPRE-MERIDA.
During the first year in Under 23 category, (he’s in the roster of Viris Maserati-Sisal Matchpoint), Ganna won two stages of the Bracciale del Cronomen challenge, namely in Città di Castello and in Fontanafredda.
In 2014, as Junior, the Italian athlete had won the National title in time trial.

Luca Pacioni, born in Gatteo Mare on 13-8-1993, is a sprinter.
Thanks to his speed, wearing the jersey of the Viris Maserati-Sisal Matchpoint he succeded in obtaining 4 victories in 2015: Trofeo Città di Castelfidardo-Gp Cibes, Pistoia-Fiorano Modenese, Milano-Tortona and one stage of the Giro delle Pesche Nettarine.
Moreover, he obtained two important results as the 2nd place in the Circuito del Porto and the 7th position in the Gp Liberazione.

Edward Ravasi was born in Besnate on 5-6-1994 and he’s in Team Colpack’s roster.
Pure climber, he added to the two victories he had obtained in the 2014 two more important successes (Giro della Provincia di Biella and Memorial Gasparotto) and many other important results, namely the 2nd places in two stages of the Giro della Valle d’Aosta, the 2nd place in the Freccia dei Vini, the 2nd place in the Gp Città di Bosco Chiesanuova and the 3rd place in the Under 23 Italian championship.

Posted in Generica

Seven Italian riders and Niemiec for the World Tour race

Seven Italian riders and Niemiec for the World Tour race

On August the 2nd the Tour of Pologne will start from Warsaw and will give to LAMPRE-MERIDA’s riders the opportunity to fight in 7 stages (1 time trial) for a total of 1076 km.

The blue-fuchsia-green team will take part in the race of the World Tour calendar relying on 7 Italian riders and on 1 Polish cyclist: in fact, Przemyslaw Niemiec will have as team mates Bonifazio, Cattaneo, Conti, Ferrari, Modolo, Mori and Ulissi.
The team will be directed by the duo Pedrazzini and Vicino.

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA would like, as usual, to honor the Tour de Pologne in the best way as possible, also because it is a World Tour event – sport director Pedrazzini said – All of our riders will be back to races after a pause period, so we’d evaluate as first thing their reaction to the race pace.
We have selected a trio of competitive sprinters such as Bonifazio, Ferrari and Modolo: we’ll try to obtain a top result in one of the sprints, even if we’re aware that the opponents are strong.
For what concerns the overall classification, Niemiec will try to repeat the last year performance which gave him the final 5th place. He’ll share with Ulissi the responsability of the overall classification
A mix of vitality and experience will come from Cattaneo, Conti and Mori”.

Posted in Giro di Polonia

San Sebastian: Mauduit on the team car, Polanc and Plaza in the race

San Sebastian: Mauduit on the team car, Polanc and Plaza in the race

Correction to the recently released press note about the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian.

Unlike what previously reported, the sport director on the team car will be Philippe Mauduit, who’ll direct the blue-fuchsia-green cyclists Jan Polanc and Rubén Plaza (not Filippo Pozzato and Rafael Valls), in addition to Mario Costa, Rui Costa, Ilia Koshevoy, Nelson Oliveira, Luka Pibernik and Josè Serpa.

Posted in Clasica San Sebastian

LAMPRE-MERIDA is ready for San Sebastian

LAMPRE-MERIDA is ready for San Sebastian

LAMPRE-MERIDA has never won the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian and the team of the manager Brent Copeland would like to paint in blue-fuchsia-green the Basque race.

On Saturday August the 1st, the sport director Mario Scirea will rely on an international selection, made by riders from 6 different Countries (Belarus, Colombia, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain) and with two national champions (Portugal and Slovenia).

The eight cyclists from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA will be Mario Costa, Rui Costa, Koshevoy, Oliveira, Pibernik, Pozzato, Serpa and Valls.

One of the most important news is the that Rui Costa will be back in races after his withdrawal from the Tour de France: he’ll race the Clasica San Sebastian as a test in order to check his conditions.

Oliveira, Pozzato, Serpa and Valls has just completed the Tour de France and they’ll try to exploit the fit they gained on the French roads, even if it’s important to consider that, because of the heat, in the Grande Boucle the riders faced extreme weather conditions which influenced their physiology.
Koshevoy and Pibernik raced on altitude in the Tour of Qinghai Lake and they’ll be good outsiders, in addition to Mario Costa.

Posted in Clasica San Sebastian

LAMPRE-MERIDA attack in Paris too

LAMPRE-MERIDA attack in Paris too

The fighting spirit of Team LAMPRE-MERIDA has been alive until 7 km to the end of the last stage of the Tour de France, the Sévres-Paris (109,5 km).

The blue-fuchsia-green colors led the race on the road in Paris thanks to Oliveira, who attacked with Valbilsen and Vachon (photo Bettini) on the Champs Elysées circuit.
The trio resisted to the chase of the peloton with 30″ of advantage, but the chase was completed at 7 km to go.
The traditional massive sprint was won by Greipel, Cimolai was 19th after having approached the sprint in good position.

Plaza is the best LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclist in the overall classification: he’s 30th, at 1h38’22” to the winner Froome.

The Spanish rider gave to the blue-fuchsia-green colors the joy of a success in the Grand Boucle (16th stage) five years after Petacchi.
In addition to this stage victory, LAMPRE-MERIDA obtained four places in the top ten thanks to Cimolai, the 8th place in the team time trial in Plumelec and the 10th position of Plaza at the Alpe d’Huez, in addition to the attack attempts by Valls, Durasek and Serpa.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Greipel 2h49’41”
2- Coquard s.t.
3- Kristoff s.t.
4- Boasson Hagen s.t.
5- Démare s.t.
19- Cimolai s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Froome 84h46’14”
2- Quintana 1’12″3- Valverde 5’25”
4- Nibali 8’36”
5- Contador 9’48”
30- Plaza 1h38’22”
47- Oliveira 2h15’32”, 76- Durasek 3h02’14”, 78- Valls 3h03’11”, 118- Bono 3h52’17”, 122- Serpa 3h54’25”, 125- Pozzato 3h58’20”, 155- Cimolai 4h33’21”

Posted in Tour de France

Plaza is one of the big 10 of the Alpe d’Huez

Plaza is one of the big 10 of the Alpe d’Huez

Rubén Plaza and Josè Serpa were up to the prestige of the 20th stage of the Tour de France, the Modane-Alpe d’Huez (110,5 km).
The Spanish rider was even a giant on the final climb of the Alpe d’Huez, obtaining the 10th place and becoming a member of the top 10 riders of the 2015 edition of the legendary climb.

Plaza and Serpa climbed the first ascent of the race, the Croix de Fer, in the top riders group, trying also several times to escape, demonstrating once again the fighting spirit of which characterized Team LAMPRE-MERIDA in the second part of the Grande Boucle.
Both blue-fuchsia-green cyclists attacked from the yellow jersey group on the downhill of the Col de la Croix de Fer with Pinot, who became the winner of the stage.

Plaza succeded in realizing a great performance on the Alpe d’Huez, crossing the finish line in 10th position at 2’50” to the winner.
Serpa was 41st at 8’04” , in the same group as the team mates Valls and Oliveira.

Plaza is 30th in the overall classification, which is led by Froome.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Pinot 3h17’21”
2- Quintana 18″
3- Hesjedal 41″
4- Valverde 1’38”
5- Froome s.t.
10- Plaza 2’50”
41- Serpa 8’04”, 42- Valls s.t., 43- Oliveira s.t., 69- Bono 14’49”, 71- Durasek s.t., 97- Pozzato 21’19”, 126- Cimolai s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Froome 81h56’33”
2- Quintana 1’12”
3- Valverde 5’25”
4- Nibali 8’36”
5- Contador 9’48”
20- Plaza 1h38’22”

Posted in Tour de France

Plaza never rest, he attacked once again

Plaza never rest, he attacked once again

The most demanding stage of the Tour de France did not extinguish the fighint spirit of Rubén Plaza.

Just few meters after the start of the 19th stage, 138 km from Saint Jean de Maurienne to La Toussuire with the climbs of the Col du Chaussy (1st category), of the Col de la Croix de Fer (hors categorie), of the Col du Mollard (2nd category) and of the final climb to the arrival (1st category) the Spanish rider from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA and other 14 cyclists escaped from the bunch.
The breakaway welcomed other 12 riders for a total of 26 members, who were anyway reeled in by the yellow jersey group.
Some of the attackers (Plaza was one of these athletes) did not give up and after 35 km in the race they attacked again, forming a 22 riders group who escaped from the peloton.
On the vey long climb of the Croix de Fer (22,4 km), Rolland attacked and only Plaza (photo Bettini) and Uran resisted in chasing the French rider, before being reeled in by the selected yellow jersey group.
The Spanish athlete from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA tried to anticipate the top riders group in the approach of the Col du Mollard, before the battle between the general classification contenders began and before Nibali began his solo winning attack: nevertheless, Plaza reach the arrival in 13th position at 4’53” to Nibali, who preceded Quintana and Froome (still in yellow).

I’m having very good feelings, but I’m also aware of the fact that, if I want to achieve again good results, I need to anticipate the top climbers, so today I attacked many times and I paid attention in joining the breakaways – Plaza explained – My legs give me good feedbacks on the climbs, I succeed in pedaling with the best climbers, except when the gradients are too high, over the 7%. With the premises, I aim to realize another interesting performance in tomorrow stage with arrival on the Alpe d’Huez“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Nibali 4h22’53”
2- Quintana 44″
3- Froome 1’14”
4- Pinot 2’26”
5- Bardet s.t.
13- Plaza 4’53”
47- Valls 22′, 60- Oliveira 22’53”, 95- Bono 28’36”, 98- Durasek s.t., 102- Pozzato s.t., 122- Serpa 29’12”, 148- Cimolai s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1-Froome 78h37’34”
2- Quintana 2’38”
3- Valverde 5’25”
4- Nibali 6’44”
5- Contador 7’56”
33- Plaza 1h37’10”

Posted in Tour de France

Plaza attempted again, but he missed the winning action

Plaza attempted again, but he missed the winning action

Rubén Plaza demonstrated to be very ambitious in the 18th stage of the Tour de France.

Three days ago he had obtained an impressive victory in Gap and in today stage, which started in the same city, he was protagonist in the main breakaway of the race.The course of 186,5 km of lenght, with 7 Kom and arrival in Saint Jean de Maurienne, became interesting immediately after the start: on the first climb, the Col de Bayard which was approached few kilometers in the stage, Plaza (photo Bettini) and other 28 riders succeded in escaping from the bunch.

The breakaway had a maximum advantage of 6′, but Plaza today could not repeat the winning attack which gave him the success on Monday.
In fact, the Spanish rider could not react to the attack by Bardet on the final part of the Col du Glandon, at 40 km to the arrival.
Plaza dropped in the top riders group and he did not force on the last climb (Lacets de Montvemiers), crossing the finish line at the 22nd place, at 5’12” to the winner Bardet.

Froome is still the yellow jersey: tomorrow is scheduled the 19th stage, Saint Jean de Maurienne-La Toussuire, short stage (138 km) full of climbs, with one hors category Kom, two 1st category (included the summit arrival) and one 2nd category.
One certainty: LAMPRE-MERIDA will attack again.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Bardet 5h03’40”
2- Rolland 33″
3- Anacona 59″
4- Jungels s.t.
5- Fuglsang s.t.
22- Plaza 5’12”
38- Oliveira 14’51”, 94- Bono 30’58”, 95- Durasek s.t., 101- Serpa 35’51”, 109- Pozzato 25’51”, 116- Valls s.t., 139- Cimolai s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Froome 74h13’31”
2- Quintana 3’10”
3- Valverde 4’09”
4- Thomas 6’34”
5- Contador 6’40”
39- Plaza 1h33’27”

Posted in Tour de France

Serpa and one day in the Tour de France

Serpa and one day in the Tour de France

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Posted in Tour de France

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