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Modolo ok, 2nd place; Mohoric ouch, broken arm

Modolo ok, 2nd place; Mohoric ouch, broken arm

The first stage of the Tour of Qatar, 176 km from Durkhan to Al Khor Corniche, was characterized by the full force wind and by a good performance of Sacha Modolo, who confirmed his good condition.

The gists of wind blew on the bunch from the start and helped the riders to ride at an average speed higher than 50 km/h.
This caused a heavy selection in the peloton, with 21 riders who took the head of the race after 50 km in the stage: Modolo was great in playing in the wind and he succeeded in joining this head group, which had a maximum advantae of 2′

While the bunch was focused on the chase to the head group, a crash occurred and Matej Mohoric got involved in, suffering a broken elbow.
The Slovenian rider is in a hospital in Doha and Dr Pollastri, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s pysichian, is evaluating with the local medicians how to organize the best assistance.

The chasing group could not neutralize the gap, so the leading riders sprinted for the victory of the stage.
Modolo was just behind Cavendish when the British rider started the sprint at 200 mt to the arrival, he tried to overcome the formed world champion who reacted and defended his advantage on LAMPRE-MERIDA’s rider (photo Bettini), who obtained the second place preceding Guardini, Bennet and Kristoff.
Kump won the sprint of the chasing group, crossing the finish line in 17th position with a gap of 1’43”.

I’m satisfied for my condition which allowed me to be in the head group when the bunch was broked by the wind, but I have some regrets for not have been able to achieve the big target – Modolo explained – My idea was to anticipate Cavendish, but Mark began the sprint earlier than me, so I could not overtake him.
I don’t want to think about regrets, I prefer to focus on tomorrow stage and to send my support to Mohoric, who suffered an injury in a crash“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Cavendish 3h28’46”
2- Modolo s.t.
3- Guardini s.t.
4- Bennet s.t.
5- Kristoff s.t.
17- Kump 1’43”, 102- Mario Costa 11’53”, 105- Arashiro s.t., 107- Pibernik s.t., 108- Cimolai s.t., 132- Zurlo 19’15”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Cavendish 3h28’31”
2- Modolo 8″
3- Guardini 11″
4- Kristoff 12″
5- Kuznetsov 13″

Posted in Tour of Qatar

Ulissi on the podium in Donoratico

Ulissi on the podium in Donoratico

LAMPRE-MERIDA obtained the third place in the Gp Costa degli Etruschi, despite many inconvenieces stuck out the weekend in Tuscany.

The course of the Gp Costa degli Etruschi, 190,6 km from San Vincenzo to Donoratico, was open to various solution: the first part of the race and the central part, with three laps of the Bolgheri circuit, was favourable for those attackers who wanted to begin breakaways, while the two final laps on the Donoratico circuit and the two passages on the climb of Torre Segalari were good for the climbers.

The blue-fuchsia-green team was at the start without Cattaneo, who felt ill in the eve of the race; moreover, Koshevoy had to face a problem at the knee which limited his competitiveness.
Despite these problems, LAMPRE-MERIDA played the role that the status of only World Tour team in the race required, giving the necessary contribution, thanks to Durasek and Koshevoy, to Southeast-Venezuela and to Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec in the chase of three attackers who had a maximum advantage of 11’30”.

At 40 km to go, when the wind was blowing with full force on the bunch, Mori got involved in a crash and, even if he did not suffer physical consquences, he could not get back to the bunch.
Despite having lost one of his best team mate, Ulissi (photo Bettini) realize a good performance on the second passage on the climb of Torre Segalari (two passages in the final 28 km), relying on the support from Niemiec.
After the breakaway of the three riders had been neutralized, Ulissi forced the pace on the climb and he suceed in selecting the head group: nine riders passed the summit of the Torre Segalari and in the downhill they were reached by other three athletes for a 12 cyclists final sprint which was won by Bole on Gavazzi and Ulissi.

I would have really liked to win, it would have been great to obtain close to my hometown the first seasonal succees for the team after a series of good results – Ulissi explained – I had good feelings on the climbs, my legs were very competitive and I feel I did the best, but it was not enough to reach the arrival with a solo attack.
Bole was very strong and he was great in the climbs and in the sprint, he deserved the victory“.

The sport director Vicino pointed out that: “The inconveniences forced us to change our program for the race. Despite these problems, the team realized a very good performance, we were focused in supporting Ulissi and we gave him the opportunity to try to exploit his good condition. Durasek and Koshevoy worked in the head of the bunch in the chase of the breakaway and Niemiec was a good support for Diego in the final part of the race.
However, Bole did not drop on the climb and it was very difficult to beat him in the sprint”.

RACE RESULTS
1- Bole 4h40’36”
2- Gavazzi s.t.
3- Ulissi s.t.
4- Fedi s.t.
5- Ciccone s.t.
40- Niemiec 1″
Dnf: Mori, Durasek, Koshevoy.

Posted in Gp Costa degli Etruschi

Rui and Polanc in the breakaway, Modolo 5th

Rui and Polanc in the breakaway, Modolo 5th

Under the neverending building of Burj Khalifa, the highest skyscreaper in the world, Sacha Modolo obtained the 5th place in the final stage of the 3rd edition of the Dubai Tour.

The 4th stage, starting from the Dubai International Marine Club and finishing in the Business Bay after 137 km gave to the sprinters another chance for battling for a victory, however LAMPRE-MERIDA did not wait until the sprint for impress its mark on the race.
After 15 km in the stage, in fact, Rui Costa and Polanc (photo Bettini) promoted a 6 riders attack which had a maximum advantage of 2’50” on the peloton.
The breakaway mates (in addition to the LAMPRE-MERIDA duo, also Teklehaimanot, Lander, Christian e Curvers led the race) cooperate efficiently, so they rode at an average speed which was nearly 48 km/h and which forced the peloton to an intense chase which was completed at 15 km to the arrival.

In the sprint, the blue-fuchsia-green team relied on Ferrari in support of Modolo and the winner of two stage in the Giro d’Italia 2015 obtained the 5th place, while the victory was achieved by Kittel, who also marked with his name the first place of the final overall classification.

The final balance for the team is quite good if we consider that Modolo obtained one second place and two other results in the top 5 – sport director Marzano said – Sacha would have also battled for the overall classification is the cramps would have not gave him troubles in the last kilometers of the Hatta Dam stage.
Good feedbacks from all the other riders, especially from Rui Costa and from Petilli, who was at his first race with our team“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Kittel 2h50’47”
2- Viviani s.t.
3- Cavendish s.t.
4- Palini s.t.
5- Modolo s.t.
37- Polanc s.t., 39- Petilli s.t., 51- Rui Costa s.t., 62- Conti s.t., 100- Feng 31″, 106- Bono 39″, 107- Ferrari s.t.

FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Kittel 14h46’54”
2- Nizzolo 4″
3- Lobato 6″
4- Dillier 16″
5- Izagirre 23″
14- Rui Costa 35″
19- Polanc 50″, 30- Petilli 1’12”, 44- Conti 1’46”, 63- Bono 2’59”, 68- Modolo 3’45”, 75- Ferrari 3’59”, 111- Feng 10’14”

Posted in Dubai Tour

Feng in a long lasting breakaway in the quen stage

Feng in a long lasting breakaway in the quen stage

The most demanding stage of the third edition of the Dubai Tour, the Dubai-Hatta Dam of 172 km, did not scared Chun Kai Feng (photo Bettini), who did not wait more than one kilometer to promote the main breakaway of the race.

The Asian rider from Team LAMPRE-MERIDA escaped together with McCormick, Mancebo, Lozano, Tennan and Abelouache, having a maximum advantage of 2′.

In the final 15 km, the riders covered two short hills (the second one with degree of 11%) with fast downhills which helped the bunch to raise the speed with the effect of neutralizing the breakaway.

LAMPRE-MERIDA worked in order to allow Modolo to approach the final hill in the best possible position, but the result was not as it was expected, also because Modolo had to face cramps.

Lobato obtained the victory, preceding Nizzolo, Dillier and Cancellara. The first rider from LAMPRE-MERIDA to reach the arrival was Rui Costa, 15th at 20″ to the winner.

Nizzolo is the new leader of the overall classification, which should not change in the final stage with arrival at Burj Khalifa skyscreaper.

It was a very god opportunity for our team, since the final hill was affordable for Modolo’s skill, but Sacha could not realize the performance he could expect – Marzano, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s sport director, explained – We’re very satisfied for Feng, who succeeded in joining the main breakaway of the stage: yesterday he was so close to achieve this result, today he was fiercly determined and he hit the target”.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Lobato 4h13’23”
2- Nizzolo 2″
3- Dillier 4″
4- Cancellara s.t.
5- Gilbert s.t.
15- Rui Costa 20″
27- Polanc 32″, 33- Petilli 40″, 46- Conti 1’25”, 55- Bono 1’48”, 79- Ferrari 2’40”, 86- Modolo 3’35”, 118- Feng 8’56”

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Nizzolo 11h56’11”
2- Lobato 2″
3- Kittel 6″
4- Dillier 12″
5- Izagirre 19″
16- Rui Costa 37″

Posted in Dubai Tour

LAMPRE-MERIDA for the challenge to the wind

LAMPRE-MERIDA for the challenge to the wind

The Tour of Qatar could be considered as a pure challenge to the wind, which usually blow on the flat roads and spread the desert sand.

For the 2016 edition of the Arab race, which will take place from the 8 to the 12 February, LAMPRE-MERIDA selected 8 riders: Davide Cimolai, Federico Zurlo, Luka Pibernik, Mario Costa, Marko Kump, Matej Mohoric, Yukiya Arashiro and Sacha Modolo, who’ll fly to Oman directly from Dubai after the end of the Dubai Tour.
Philippe Mauduit will direct the team, relying on the support by the physician Pollastri, by the mechanic Bacchion and Coelho and by the masseurs Chiodini, Della Torre and Lima.

The courses of the five stages are completely flat so they’ll be suitable for the sprinters and the 3rd stage, an 11 km time trial, will be crucial for the overall classification.

LAMPRE-MERIDA will rely on a fast group whose members are Cimolai, Kump, Pibernik, Zurlo and Modolo, in addition to the talented Mohoric, the always reliable Mario Costa and the Japanese Arashiro, who’ll debut in the blue-fuchsia-green colors.

In picture, from the left: Arashiro, Mario Costa, Cimolai, Modolo, Kump, Mohoric, Pibernik e Zurlo.

Posted in Tour of Qatar

Modolo, second place at Palm Jumeirah

Modolo, second place at Palm Jumeirah

Second chapter of the battle of the best sprinters of the bunch in the Dubai Tour.
Modolo played again the role of the protagonsit and, after the 4th place obtained in the first stage, he was 2nd in the second stage of the Arab race.

On the finish line in Palm Jumeirah, after having covered 183 completely flat kilometers from the start in Dubai International Marine Club, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s sprinter was preceded by Viviani, crossing the finish line before Nizzolo and Guardini.

The stage was led by 4 riders (Mancebo, Dillier, De Kort and Bialoblocki) which attacked in the first part of the course, but the bunch could not miss the chance to give to the fast riders another oportunity, so the breakaway was neutralized at 15 km to go.
LAMPRE-MERIDA tried in the early part of the stage to join the breakaway, thanks to the attempts of Conti, Polanc, Petilli and Feng: the Taiwanese champion was so close to be in the main attack.

A crash at the end of the tunnel which connects the mainland to the Palm Jumeirah mixed up the situation of the approach to the sprint, however Modolo had no problem in choosing the best wheel, that was the one of Viviani.
Sacha tried to overtake his compatriot, but the side wind prevented him to pass him.
Modolo is 4th in the overall classification, at 4″ to the new leader Viviani.

We planned to be in the breakaways and our riders made several attempts for escaping from the bunch – sport director Marzano explained – Feng had almost reached the leading four riders, but he could not complete the chase.
In the sprint, Ferrari was once again very precious for Modolo, leading him just behind Viviani at 700 mt to the arrival: unfortunately, Viviani today was very strong and he did not make mistakes“.

The third stage (Dubai-Hatta Dam, 172 km) will be crucial for the overall standing: the arrival will be on the hill of Hatta Dam, a sharp rise pf about 200% with gradients from 12% to 17%.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Viviani 4h07’39”
2- Modolo s.t.
3- Nizzolo s.t.
4- Guardini s.t.
5- Vaitkus s.t.
28- Ferrari s.t., 36- Rui Costa s.t., 42- Polanc s.t., 74- Petilli s.t., 77- Conti s.t., 85- Feng s.t., 86- Bono s.t.

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
1- Viviani 7h42’50”
2- Kittel s.t.
3- Nizzolo 2″
4- Modolo 4″
5- Cavendish s.t.

Posted in Dubai Tour

Ulissi captain of the team in the home race

Ulissi captain of the team in the home race

After he came back from Australia, where he was 2nd in one stage and he missed for a couple of seconds the top ten of the final classification, Diego Ulissi (photo Bettini) focused his attention on the Gp Costa degli Etruschi.

The race will take place on Sunday 7th February on Ulissi’s hometown roads, starting from San Vincenzo and finishing in Donoratico (distance 190,6 km), with the final 40 km with the double passage on the climb of Torre Segalari (2.900 mt at 9%,summit at 9 km to the arrival).

Ulissi will be supported by the experience of Niemiec and Mori, by the young climbers Cattaneo and Koshevoy and by Durasek, who’ll be at his first race in 2016.

LAMPRE-MERIDA will be directed by Vicino, who’ll work with the mechanics Bortoluzzo and Chiodini, by the masseurs Della Torre and Napolitano, by the driver Bozzolo and the physician Ronchi.

Ulissi has already demonstrated that his legs are in a good fit and, moreover, he’ll have extra spurs for racing near home: his target is the victory in the race, after the second place he obtained in 2013 – sport director Vicino said – The members of our selection are all good climbers, who’ll have to pay attention to the breakaways in the early part of the course and to the attacks in the final kilometers“.

Posted in Gp Costa degli Etruschi

Modolo in the top 5 in the 1st stage: he’s 4th in Fujairah

Modolo in the top 5 in the 1st stage: he’s 4th in Fujairah

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Posted in Dubai Tour

Rui Costa and Modolo, seasonal debut in the United Arab Emirates

Rui Costa and Modolo, seasonal debut in the United Arab Emirates

The third edition of the Dubai Tour will be the seasonal debut race for many riders from LAMPRE-MERIDA.

The Arab competition will be the first appointments in 2016 for two top riders of the blue-fuchsia-green roster, namely Rui Costa and Modolo: the Italian sprinter will have the opportunity to check his speed on suitable courses, while the Florence 2013 world champion will test his fit after the winter break.

In LAMPRE-MERIDA’s selection there will be also four more cyclists who will race for the first time in this season: Matteo Bono will begin his eleventh year in the team; Conti and Feng will try to start their season by racing with a battling mood and trying to join breakaways; Petilli will debut in blue-fuchsia-green colors.

Polanc and Ferrari have already raced in 2016, having taken part in the Tour de San Luis, so their shape could be already good and could allow them to realize interesting performances.

The team will be directed by Marco Marzano and Mario Scirea, who’ll receive the support by the physician Dr Guardascione, by the masseurs Capelli and Gallivanone and by the mechanics Pengo and Romanò.

Rui Costa is happy that he’ll soon start the 2016 season: “I began the season here in Dubai in 2014 too, when I made my debut in the rainbow jersey. This race gives me the opportunity to test my fit at an agonistic pace. I’ll be happy if my team mates would need my contribution, I’m ready to support them.
The good weahter conditions, even tough not extreme, are perfect for starting a year full of important appointments“.

Many of the cyclists in our team’s selection are at their first appearance in a competition in 2016, so it will be interesting to check how they worked during the winter break – sport director Marzano said – We aim to battle for a stage victory and to try to be in the first part of the overall classification, being aware that the time bonuses will be fundamental for being in the head positions“.

In photo, from the left to the right: Bono, Conti, Rui Costa, Modolo, Feng, Polanc and Petilli.

Posted in Dubai Tour

In 2016, Northwave Extreme shoes for LAMPRE-MERIDA’s riders

In 2016, Northwave Extreme shoes for LAMPRE-MERIDA’s riders

LAMPRE-MERIDA recently rode in Australia and in Argentina, where the new Northwave shoes make their debuts on the foots of the blue-fuchsia-green riders.
The World Tour team will in fact be supported in 2016 too by Northwave, which will be official sponsor and technical supplier for racing shoes.

The relationship between LAMPRE-MERIDA and Northwave began in 2015 and, after one season which was full of victories and satisfactions for both parts, will continue in 2016 with the supply of top quality shoes and with even more exposure for the brand Northwave, whose logo will be on the two sleeves of the team jersey and on the leg of the race pants. Moreover, the logo will be on the team’s podium cap.

In the first races of the season, the cyclists from the team of the manager Copeland had already appreciated the quality of the new Northwave Extreme shoes, which are the best product for what concerns technology and appearance.

In 2016, Northwave follows in its tradition of revolutionizing standards, launching a brand-new coloration that is certainly set to shine in the pro peloton.

Characterizing Northwave Extreme (photo), the new top-range road model by Northwave, will be the new reflective silver color, reflecting both natural and artificial light: silver does not only provide a really unique look to the shoes, but also guarantees unprecedented visibility even in low-light situations.
But there is so much more than that: not only look, but also cutting-edge technique and technology. The evolution of the Extreme Tech Plus shoes, Extreme ensures the best power transmission with its unidirectional carbon sole, compatible with the special NW-Speedplay adaptor to achieve the lowest stack height between foot and pedal.

The upper, designed with Northwave Biomap technology to make it compatible to every foot’s shape, is realized with a special light microfiber. The integrated heel with interior directional fiber material provides perfect stability while pushing on pedals, keeping the foot in position with no slippings, while Northwave added a further power strap to the double SLW 2 dial, in order to guarantee a more adherent and precise fit even for those with slimmer feet.

The relationship with Northwave is very good for the team because it gives to our riders a perfect feedback to the needs concerning such delicate topic as the racing shoes: Northwave succeeds in satisfying the requests and the personal needs of each riderBrent Copeland, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s team manager, explained – In addition to products of very high quality, Northwave provides to the team the priceless support to the riders and the team for satisfying every needs.
The cyclists appreciate the relationship with Northwave and they also welcomed the new model of shoes Northwave Extreme, since they really like the original look of these shoes
”.

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