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Crashes for Bonifazio and Pibernik, Mori is 38°

Crashes for Bonifazio and Pibernik, Mori is 38°

Unfortunate performance by LAMPRE-MERIDA in E3 Prijs Vlaanderen – Harelbeke, the first World Tour appointment in the charming Belgian landscape.

The 17 walls, 4 of which in cobblestones, staggered along the 215 km of the course with start and arrival in Harelbeke, returned this verdict: Thomas won the race preceding Stybar and Trentin.

In addition to Pozzato (he did not start because of a viral illness), LAMPRE-MERIDA lost also Pibernik and Bonifazio, who got involved after 35 km in the race in a crash of a lot of riders (in photo, Bettini, the moment of the crash): Pibernik quit the race, but he did not suffered serious physical consequences, while LAMPRE-MERIDA’s doctor Guardascione preferred that Bonifazio undergos x-rays for his right hand, arm and shoulder, that fortunately did not detect fractures, but strong contusions, especially at the elbow.

With three key riders out of the race, LAMPRE-MERIDA did not succeed in reversing the negative trend, but Mori could complete the race in the second group, obtaining the 38th place at 3’21” to the winner.
Blue-fuchsia-green colors were in the main group for most of the race thanks to the good form of Cimolai and Oliveira, but they were dropped when the pace became faster in the approach of the Paterberg and of the Oude Kwaremont.

Posted in Classiche del Nord

Valls seized the moment and entered in the top 10 of the GC

Valls seized the moment and entered in the top 10 of the GC

During the 195,4 km 5th stage of Volta a Catalunya from Alp to Valls, the bunch pointed towards the coast and the overall classification changed.

Maybe inspired by the  name of the city where the arrival was set, Valls (photo Bettini) could exploit a good opportunity to climb the overall classification, but he was not the only one competitive cyclist in the Team LAMPRE-MERIDA: Polanc was the first protagonist for the blue-fuchsia-team, leading the race for more than 110 km together with Watson and Bagot.

Polanc, who came back to races in Volta a Catalunya after a one month stop caused by a fracture of the scaphoid, tried several times to escape from the bunch in the early kilometers of the stage and finally, after 45 km, he could start with two riders the main breakaway of the race (maximum advantage: 5′).
Their action was neutralized on the climb of Beltall and immediately after the end of the breakaway an echelon broke the peloton: ten riders were left in the head of the race and Valls was in this group, while top riders such as the leader De Clercq and Martin were forced to chase, but their efforts did not reach the goal, because the ten riders in the front reached the arrival.

Valls gave a thrill to his team when he crashed in the final kilometer: he could come back on his bike and he could reach the arrival (11th position) . The jury assigned him the same gap to Valverde of the first chasing group (+5″).

In the overall classification, the Spanish climber from LAMPRE-MERIDA entered in the top ten at the 8th place, at 43″ to the new leader Porte.

Unlike what happened two days ago, today Valls sized the moment and did not miss the opportunity to be in the head of the race in the key moment of the stage – Orlando Maini, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s sport director, underlined – “Rafael was having good feelings and he was brilliant enough to understand that the wind could have create problems, while other top riders were surprised by the echelon.
The crash in the final kilometers worried us, but Valls is ok and he achieve the goal to enter in the top ten of the overall classification.
Another one great performance by Polanc, who is perfect in joining the breakaways”
.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Valverde 4h25’52”
2- Uran 5″
3- Tiralongo s.t.
4- Porte s.t.
5- Aru s.t.
11- Valls 5″

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Porte 22h58’20”
2- Pozzovivo 5″
3- Contador 7″
4- Valverde 16″
5- Uran 18″
6- Aru 27″
7- Atapuma 33″
8- Valls 43″

Posted in Volta a Catalunya

Diego is ready to come back to the races

Diego is ready to come back to the races

Diego Ulissi will soon be back to races and he explained his ideas about the past period and the hopes for the future to the reporter Pier Augusto Stagi, who interviewed the Italian cyclist for the website www.tuttobiciweb.it.
We publish an extract of the interview.

Diego, tomorrow, March the 28th, your ban will end.
«Thanks God, it seems unreal to me. Believe me, I’m worn out at the end of this period. I lived difficult moments, but now I only want to think to recover the time I lost. I could not stand anymore to train».

What do you mean?
«I miss the races so much. I can’t wait to put a number on my back and to taste again the savour of the competition”.

Nine months of ban sentenced caused by an adverse test for salbutamol (a bronchodilator) dated on the 21st of May at the end of the 11th stage of Giro d’Italia.
“What could I add to what I already said? The Swiss judges acknowledged that I ‘acted negligently without having any intentions of improving the athletic performance’. Despite I was in good faith, the consequences had great cost.

When will you be back to races?
“In Volta al Pais Vasco, starting on the 6th of April. After the Spanish race, I’ll take part in Amstel, Fleche Wallone and Liege.

It’s a soft start, isn’t it?
“Yes, it’s an interesting program.
After a lot of holidays, I can’t wait to be back to battle in the bunch. I’m aware I’ll have to face huge efforts in Pais Vasco considering that I’ll short of the race pace, but I’ll grit my teeth and I know I’ll soon find the suitable shape”.

You’ve just come back from Tuscany, haven’t you?
“Yes, each time I train ten days on Lugano roads, I spend two or three days in Tuscany with Michele Bartoli, who helps me in to train behind the motor. When you’re not taking part in races, the only way to reach the suitable level of agility is to train in behind the motor”.

Which is your main target?
“It is to achieve good performances in Giro d’Italia. I’d like to win one stage at least. At Giro my troubles began and from there I’d like to start again my run-up”.

Will you fight for the overall classification?
“First of all, I’d like to respect the role the team will assign me, but I think my characteristics are more suitable for the one day races and for stages hunting in the Great Tours”.

Have you already performed recognitions on the Pink Race’s stage?
“Yes, I had plenty of time…I’m joking, but I did perform recognition on the 3rd and the 4th stage courses, the Sestri one and the La Spezia one, with the sport director Righi, and I also pedaled on the course of the Abetone stage and soon I’ll be, with the sport director Marzano, on the course of the Valdobbiadene time trial. It’s a good way to make the disappointment vanish”.
In photo, Ulissi with the team mate Cattaneo in the final part of the 3rd stage of Giro, the Rapallo-Sestri Levante.

You already won three stages in Giro d’Italia: Tirano stage in 2011 edition and Viggiano and Montecopiolo stages in the past year.
“It would be great to add another one”

How can you describe the past nine months?
“Very hard. I’m lucky to have my wife Arianna with me and my daughter Lia too. Moreover, how I can not mention the support I received from my parents, Donatella and Mauro, and my parents-in-law, Monica and Fabio? They acted as a top team! Now I’d like to give them some fun, in order to reward them for having sustained me”.

How did you spend your time when you were not training?
“I like to stay at home with my wife and my daughter. I read a pair of books and I really liked the one of Giuseppe Rossi, the striker from Fiorentina, who faced a lot on injuries”.

What did you learn from this painful experience?
“It’s important to be patient: believe me, for me it was not so simple”.

What is the race of your dream?
“The Liege-Bastogne-Liege. I spent a lot of time talking about this dream with Michele Bartoli, who succeeded in winning this race twice”.

Michele raked up victories in the Classics
“I aim to imitate him, or to obtain similar results at least. I took part in Liege-Bastogne-Liege four times and my best result was the 20th place I obtained two years ago. This year I’d like to do better, a place in the top ten would be a good result, but I don’t want to set the limits”.

There will be an expert sport director as Orlando Maini with you.
“You’re right, the feeling with Orlando is great. I’d said better that the feeling with the whole Team LAMPRE-MERIDA is perfect, I can work with important people, from Saronni to Copeland to all the other members of the staff.
I’ve been working with Maini since 2011, he’s an amazing man because he use his heart. In his opinion, all the cyclists are planets to be explored and understood. When he talks, the words came from the heart. I consider him as an additional value for the life of a rider.
I know he strongly believes in me and it would be great to give him soon new satisfactions, but I know now that it must be patient: first it will be necessary to be in a good shape, then it will be time to fight for the top results”.

Posted in Generica

Pozzato, forfeiture caused by a viral illness

Pozzato, forfeiture caused by a viral illness

Filippo Pozzato (photo Bettini) is forced to renounce to take part in E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke.

Doctor Guardascione, head of the medical staff from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA, explained that “in the night, Pozzato suffered for temperature and viral gastrointestinal troubles“.

The cyclists will stay in the hotel in Belgium, waiting to recover for the Gand-Wevelgem that is scheduled on Sunday the 29th of March.

Posted in Classiche del Nord

Valls is ok in the queen stage: 10th place in La Molina

Valls is ok in the queen stage: 10th place in La Molina

In the most demanding stage of the Volta a Catalunya, Rafael Valls demonstrated once again that he’s one of the most competitive climbers in the first part of the 2015 season.

The 4th stage of the Spanish race, 188 km from Tona to the summit arrival in La Molina with three 1st category Kom (the summit arrival among them) and one special category Kom (Alt de la Creueta, sumitt at 1916 above the sea level in a snow-clad landscape- photo Watson/Bettini), was a battlefield for the climbers and the blue-fuchsia-green riders Valls and Grmay succeeded in realizing very good performances.
The Spanish rider, winner of the Tour de Oman, crossed the finish line in 10th place, at 21″ to the winner Van Garderen, receiving the support by the Ethiopian team mate until 4 km to go.
On the contrary, Niemiec lived a bad day and he was dropped from the main group on the Alt de la Creueta, completing the stage with a late of 19’15”.

The performance by Valls was not enough to allow him to enter in the top ten of the overall classification: he’s 12th at 1’04” to the leader De Clercq and at 10″ to the 10th place of Atapuma.

Today course was demanding and in fact there was selection in the group – Valls commented – My main target was to succeed in managing my energies: I think I did it properly, also thanks to the support by my team mates, so I could obtain the 10th place. It is a good result, considering the quality of the winner and that Porte was 2nd and Contador 3rd.
I missed the top ten of the overall classification, we’ll evaluate day by day if it would be possible to make some attempts to achieve this goal“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Van Garderen 5h00’36”
2- Porte 3″
3- Contador 8″
4- Martin s.t.
5- Kelderman s.t.
10- Valls 21″
38- Grmay 4’54”, 56- Durasek 16’08”, 64- Koshevoy 19’13”, 67- Niemiec 19’15”, 123- Polanc 27’49”, 129- Cattaneo s.t., 162- Ferrari s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- De Clercq 18h32’02”
2- Porte 21″
3- Pozzovivo 26″
4- Martin 27″
5- Contador 28″
12- Valls 1’04”

Posted in Volta a Catalunya

The Northern campaign begins for LAMPRE-MERIDA

The Northern campaign begins for LAMPRE-MERIDA

On Friday March the 27th, the Northern campaign of Team LAMPRE-MERIDA will start: the blue-fuchsia-green team will take part in the E3 Priis Vlaanderen – Harelbeke, World Tour event that will be soon followed, on Sunday the 29th, by the Gand-Wevelgem.

In both races, the sport directors Scirea and Righi will have at their disposal Bonifazio, Cimolai, Modolo, Mori, Oliveira, Pibernik, Pozzato e Richeze.
In the operative staff there will be the doctor Guardascione, the mechanics Bortoluzzo, Pengo, Romanò and Tiede, the masseurs Capelli, Del Gallo and Redaelli and the driver Bozzolo.

Bonifazio and Cimolai recently realized very interesting performances and on Sunday they were both in the top ten of the Milano-Sanremo: their goal is to improve the past year results, exploiting the experience they gained in the past.
For what concerns the experience, Filippo Pozzato is a master and he will aim to compete at the top level.
The support from Oliveira, Richeze and Mori to the team mates will be fundamental, while Pibernik will try to size his skills for this  kind of races.
An extra value to the team selection will be given by Sacha Modolo, who’ll be back to races after the unlucky participation in the Tirreno-Adriatico .

The team will be hosted in the Sandton Hotel Broel di Kortrijk (Broelkaai 8, Kortrijk, Belgium).

Posted in Classiche del Nord

Cattaneo attacked in the early part of the stage

Cattaneo attacked in the early part of the stage

In the 3rd stage of Volta a Catalunya the cyclists faced 156 km with start and arrival in Girona, with five Kom (two 1st category, one 2nd category and two 3rd category).

After yesterday breakaway by Grmay, today another on rider from LAMPRE-MERIDA was in the main breakaway of the stage, namely Mattia Cattaneo (photo Bettini), who escaped from the bunch with other 10 riders after 40 km in the race after that the early part of the stage had been characterized by many attack attempts (Grmay too tried again).
The breakaway had a maximum advantage of 3’45”, but the bunch reacted and neutralized the action after 50 km.

LAMPRE-MERIDA was ready to support the captains Valls and Niemiec in the approach of the final part of the course when, after having passed on the summit of Alt de Santa Pellaia, a crash broke the bunch: the blue-fuchsia-green riders were in the second group that tried to chase the head group from which 7 riders escaped and battled for the victory, that was obtained by Pozzovivo.
Valls and Niemiec reached the arrival in the first chasing group, 22″ later than the winner.

There’s a new leader in the overall classification, Rolland, and Valls and Niemiec are 21st and 24th at 2’46”.

Sport director Orlando Maini has some regrets: “Valls and Niemiec’s shape today was very good and they would have compete for a top results if they would had not been slowed by the crash that occurred in the middle of the bunch in the downhill. 
They missed a very good opportunity, even if their situation in the overall classification did not change a lot.
Thumbs up for Cattaneo, who could join the main breakaway
“.

Posted in Volta a Catalunya

Grmay, brave in the rain

Grmay, brave in the rain

Yesterday, in the first stage of Volta a Catalunya, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s riders had no luck in joining the winning breakaway, despite the good attempt by Polanc; on the contrary, in the 2nd stage (Matarò-Olot, 191,8 km) after only 5 km in the race blue-fuchsia-green colors were already in the front of the competition thanks to the presence of Tsgabu Grmay (photo Bettini) in the leading breakaway with Bewley, Stamsnijder amd Mas.

The four riders had a maximum advantage of 4′, but the peloton reacted and could neutralized the breakaway at 18 km to the arrival.
So, the hilly final kilometers with two climbs turned to be the key sector: the bunch was split in two and Valls, Durasek and Niemiec managed to be in the head group, while Ferrari could not avoid to be dropped only for few meters.
Valls made an attempt of attack in the approach of the final kilometer, but his action was neutralized.
Valverde won the sprint of the 101 riders group, Valls was 13th and he’s now 35th in the overall classification, at 2’50” to the  leade Paterski.

Grmay was great in joining the main breakaway, it was not so easy because the battle in the early kilometers had been hard and the rain and the cold made the stage demanding – sport director Maini explained – Good performances by Valls, Niemiec and Durasek, who all were in the head group“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Valverde 5h02’49”
2- Rojas s.t.
3- Elmiger s.t.
4- Hivert s.t.
5- Kelderman s.t.
13- Valls s.t.
39- Niemiec s.t., 78- Durasek s.t., 114- Ferrari 2’43”, 123- Polanc 3’57”, 150- Grmay 6’01”, 157- Koshevoy s.t., 159- Cattaneo s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Paterski 9h36’20”
2- Rolland 4″
3- De Clercq 8″
4- Valverde 2’40”
13- Valls 2’50”

Posted in Volta a Catalunya

Polanc is already ok, Niemiec and Valls with the top riders

Polanc is already ok, Niemiec and Valls with the top riders

Only one day after the Milano-Sanremo and the World Tour circuit goes on with the start of the Vuelta a Catalunya (7 stages).

The first stage of the Spanish race started and ended in Calella: the course, 185,2 km, was characterized by three Kom, the last one (Col de Collsacreu, 3rd category) with summit at 18,5 km to the finish line.

A long list of attack attempts characterized the early kilometers of the race and Polanc (photo Bettini archive), who was taking part in his first race after an one month stop due to a fracture of the scaphoid bone, could escape from the bunch with other 10 riders.
It seemed to be the good breakaway but the bunch, that was led by the Orica Greenedge, neutralized the action and when the group was united again, three riders succeeded in escaping: De Clercq, Rolland and Paterski could beat the resistance of the peloton, reaching a top advantage of more 13’20”, a large gap that prevented the chase of the group.
In the sprint of the three riders, Paterski preceded Rolland and De Clercq.

LAMPRE-MERIDA focused the attention on the support to the captain Valls and Niemiec and they succeeded in facing a crash of Niemiec (without consequences) and in having Durasek and Koshevoy (who was dropped later) in the first part of the peloton when it was split in two parts on the last climb.
Niemiec (48th), Durasek (49th) and Valls (72nd) crossed the finish line in the top riders group, 2’40” later than the winner.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Paterski 4h33’41”
2- Rolland s.t.
3- De Clercq 2″
4- Van der Sande 2’40”
5- Alaphilippe s.t.
48- Niemiec s.t.
49- Durasek s.t., 72- Valls s.t., 128- Koshevoy 9’20”, 146- Cattaneo 18’13”, 161- Grmay s.t., 172- Polanc s.t., 179- Ferrari s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Paterski 4h33’31”
2- Rolland 4″
3- De Clercq 8″
4- Poels 2’47”
52- Niemiec 2’50”

Posted in Volta a Catalunya

Growing youth: Bonifazio is 5th and Cimolai is 8th

Growing youth: Bonifazio is 5th and Cimolai is 8th

Many good feedbacks for LAMPRE-MERIDA in Milano-Sanremo 2015.

The team, that was directed by Mario Scirea, exploited in good way all the resources they could rely on and they succeeded in obtaining the 5th place thanks to Bonifazio and the 8th position thanks to Cimolai.

Bonifazio, 21 years old, and Cimolai, 25 years old. battled in via Roma against more expert riders and against cyclists that were more popular at the eve in the group of the favourite athletes for the victory: at the end of a long sprint, Niccolò crossed the finish line just before the winner Degenkolb, Kristoff, Matthews and Sagan, obtaining a very good 5th place, and Cimolai completed the double of LAMPRE-MERIDA riders in the top ten obtaining the 8th position (photo Bettini).
They were also the only two Italian riders in the top 10 of the race standing.

The fifth place is a good result for me, I’m happy I succeeded in being protagonist in this race, that covers the roads I cover every day during trainings – Bonifazio explained – The approach to Sanremo was perfect for me, I avoid the crashes that characterized the final part of the race and I still had energies, so I was ready to support Cimolai in view of the sprint. I was in the front position but, when we covered the last bend, I lost the contact with Cimolai and, when I realized what had happened, it was too late to try to be come closer, so I decided to go on in the sprint“.

This is the comment by Cimolai: “I realized a good performance, the support from the team was perfect and the motivations helped me to overcome the cold, the rain and the fatigue.
In the final kilometer, Bonifazio moved forward but in the final bend I had problems to follow him, so I tried to recover in the sprint but it was too difficult to do better than what I did.
I had good ambitions for this race, a place on the podium would have been amazing, but I think I can be satisfied“.

Another one outstanding performance by Matteo Bono, who was once again the best attacker in a top race: he escaped from the bunch in the early kilometers with other 10 riders and he was the last one attacker to surrender on the Cipressa after more than 260 km of breakway.

The good performances that Rui Costa and Pozzato were bringing on were stopped by two unfortunate events.
The Portuguese cyclists crashed in the Capo Berta downhill when two riders who were preceding him in the front position of the bunch slipped and hit the road: for Rui, light bruises, but he could not complete the race.
Pozzato got stuck in the second part of the selected head group in the Poggio downhill, when a crash broke the group in two.

RACE RESULTS
1- Degenkolb 6h46’16”
2- Kristoff s.t.
3- Matthews s.t.
4- Sagan s.t.
5- Bonifazio s.t.
6- Bouhanni s.t.
7- Cancellara s.t.
8- Cimolai s.t.
9- Gallopin s.t.
10- Boasson Hagen s.t.
41- Pozzato 23″, 52- Serpa 1’18”, 82- Mori 4’59”, 93- Richeze s.t., 112- Bono 8’57”, Rui Costa dnf.

Posted in Milano-Sanremo

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