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Koshevoy and Durasek, the breakaway is from the East

Koshevoy and Durasek, the breakaway is from the East

After the first rest day of the Vuelta a Espana, LAMPRE-MERIDA faced the 11th stage (Colunga-Pena Cabarga, sumit arrival after 168,6 km) with a lively fighting spirit.

As confirmation, two blue-fuchsia-green cyclists joined the main breakaway of the stage: among the 23 attackers there were also Kristijan Durasek and Ilia Koshevoy (photo @lavuelta).

The breakaway went clear from the bunch after one hour of race, during which the peloton covered 49 km, and the attackers had a maximum advantage of 5′ on the bunch.
The chasers reacted in view of the final climb and the breakaway was neutralized in the early meters of the ascent to the arrival (5,6 km at 9,8% of average degree).

After that the ambitions of Koshevoy and Durasek had vanished, the top contenders for the general classification began their battle for the red jersey, which was detained by Quintana thanks to the 2nd place at the arrival, with the same time of the the winne Froome.

The first blue-fuchsia-green rider who crossed the finish line was Meintjes, 22nd at 1’24”. In the general classification, the South African climber is 20th at 8’10” to Quintana.

It was not easy to be in the main breakaway today, because the first 50 km in the race were characterized by the very high speed of the bunch and by a series of attack attempts – sports director Pedrazzini explained – Congrats to Durasek and Koshevoy, in particular we were happy to see Ilia in the front group after that he suffered a lot in the past days because of the consequences of a crash.

It was a pity that the peloton, when Team Tinkoff was in the head position of the bunch, decided to control the breakaway and to neutralized it, otherwise I feel that Durasek could have obtained a good result“.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Froome 3h44’47”
2- Quintana s.t.
3- Valverde 6″
4- Konig s.t.
5- Contador 8″
21- Meintjes 1’24”
56- Grmay 4’42”, 75- Arashiro 6’01”, 105- Durasek 8’47”, 114- Conti 10’20”, 140- Mario Costa 10’42”, 148- Koshevoy 11’37”, 160- Cattaneo 14’18”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Quintana 42h21’48”
2- Froome 54″
3- Valverde 1’05”
4- Chaves 2’34”
5- Contador 3’08”
20- Meintjes 8’10”

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

Back to the North for the weekend

Back to the North for the weekend

In the next weekend, LAMPRE-MERIDA will race on the Northern roads participating in the Bruxelles Cycling Classic (Saturday 3rd September, 199,3 km with start and arrival in Bruxelles) and in the Gp Fourmies/La Voix du Nord (Sunday 4th September, 205 km with start and arrival in Fourmies, France).

For both the races, in the blue-fuchsia-green lineup there will be Davide Cimolai, Rui Costa, Chun Kai Feng, Roberto Ferrari, Marko Kump, Sacha Modolo and Matej Mohoric.

The team will be directed by Orlando Maini, who’ll receive the support by the team physician Dr Ronchi, by the sports directors Baron and Romanò, by the masseurs Della Torre and Santerini and by the driver Luigi Saronni.

The two races will be two good opportunities for the sprinters: we’ll be ready to face this chalenge thanks to the presence of Modolo, Ferrari, Cimolai and Kump – sports director Maini explained – Mohoric and Rui Costa will be important for trying to join the attacks in he final part of the courses, while Feng and Troia will take care of the first part of the races

Posted in Bruxelles Cycling Classic, Gp Fourmies

Ulissi and Rui Costa, two important talents for the project TJ Sport

Ulissi and Rui Costa, two important talents for the project TJ Sport

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Posted in Generica

Meintjes enters in the top 20 of the general classification

Meintjes enters in the top 20 of the general classification

The 10th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, 188,7 km from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga, completed a series of three summit arrivals.

The two ascents of the race (Alto del Mirador del Fito, 1st category, -40 km; Lagos de Covadonga, hors categorie) did not scare the riders of the bunch and the stage started with many attempts of attack.
LAMPRE-MERIDA, who obtained two years ago a stunning victory in Lagos de Covadonga thanks to Niemiec, was represented by Arashiro in a breakaway of 5 riders which had a maximum advantage of less than one minute before the peloton neutralized their action at 41st km.

Despite a series of crashes (no blue-fuchsia-green athletes involved), the average speed of the first hour of race was 44 km/h and it prevented any attack to went clear.
Only after 65 km in he race, 16 cyclists formed the main breakaway which led the race until the final climb.

On the way to the summit of Lagos de Covadonga, the top climbers battled for the victory, unfortunately Meintjes (photo Bettini archive) could not be protagonists being still recovering from the consequences of the crash in which he had been involved in the past days.
Despite this, he succeeded in limiting the gap from the winner and new red jersey Quintana to 2’18” and this result made him enter in the top 20 of the general classification at the 20th place (+6’40”).

STAGE RESULTS
1- Quintana 4h50’31”
2- Gesink 24″
3- Froome 25″
4- Fraille 28″
5- Valverde s.t.
24- Meintjes 2’18”
55- Grmay 10’01”, 86- Arashiro 13’56”, 101- Durasek 16’21”, 120- Cattaneo 21’43”, 150- Conti 26’20”, 151- Mario Costa s.t., 156- Koshevoy s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Quintana 38h37’07”
2- Valverde 57″
3- Froome 58″
4- Chaves 2’09”
5- Contador 2’54”
20- Meintjes 6’40”

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

Meintjes close to the best climbers on Alto de Naranco

Meintjes close to the best climbers on Alto de Naranco

Second summit arrival in a row in the Vuelta a Espana, with the arrival at Alto de Naranco at the end of the 9th stage, 164,5 km with start from Cistierna and one 2nd category hill and three 3rd category hills before the final ascent, and for the second time the main breakaway of the day succeeded to reach the arrival, giving to the attackers the opportunity to battle for the victory.

The stage has been led since the early kilometers by a group of 12 attackers who resisted for some kilometers to the intense chase of the peloton. When the bunch gived up, the advantage of the breakaway was enough to approach the final climb with the necessary margin to avoid the recovery of the peloton.
Unfortunately, no LAMPRE-MERIDA’s riders succeeded in joining the attack.
The stage was won by De La Cruz, who became also the new leader of the general classification.

On the ascent to the arrival, Meintjes (photo Bettini) checked his condition, considering that he’s still suffering for the consequences of the crash in which he was involved in the 6th stage.
The South African rider was close to the general classification contenders and he completed the stage in 26th position at 3’04” to the winner.
In the general classification, Meintjes is 22nd at 4’34”.

STAGE RESULT
1- De La Cruz 3h57’46”
2- Devenyns 27″
3- Moser 33″
4- Sanchez L. 51″
5- Frank s.t.
26- Meintjes 3’04”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- De La Cruz 33h46’24”
2- Quintana 22″
3- Valverde 41″
4- Froome 49″
5- Chaves 1’19”
22- Meintjes 4’34”

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

Mohoric attacks again; dynamic Rui Costa and Ulissi, but out of the top 10

Mohoric attacks again; dynamic Rui Costa and Ulissi, but out of the top 10

The duo of captains of LAMPRE-MERIDA, Rui Costa and Diego Ulissi, made the necessary attempts to select the group in the final part of the Bretagne Classic-Ouest France, World Tour race which in 2016 had a new name (previously known as Gp Plouay) and a new course of 247 km, however they did not succeed to reach the arrival in the top ten of the race classification.

The blue-fuchsia-green colors had already been in the front of the race for a long time thanks to the Slovenian Matej Mohoric (photo Bettini), who succeeded in spending once again the Sunday in the main breakaway, as he had already done one week ago in the Cyclassics Hamburg.
In France too, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s rider went clear from the peloton with other 7 cyclists and under the rain they led the race in the hilly 232 km of the course, which anticipated the final 13,9 km on the circuit which hosted the World Championships in 2000.

When this action was neutralized after 191 km in the race, four riders tried a counter-attack which gave to two of them (Naesen and Bettion) the opportunity to reach the arrival and to fight in a restricted sprint which was won by Naesen.

Behind them, when the bunch entered in the final circuit, Rui Costa and Ulissi made their attempts of attacks, however they could not complete successfully their action and the peloton sprinted for the third place, which was obtained by Kristoff.
LAMPRE-MERIDA, whose sprinter Cimolai had been dropped at -4 km, obtained the 30th position with Rui Costa.

RACE RESULTS
1- Naesen 5h58’46”
2- Bettion 2″
3- Kristoff 5″
4- Matthews s.t.
5- Degenkolb s.t.
30- Rui Costa s.t.
44- Ulissi 9″, 56- Cimolai 40″, 98- Bono 4’01”, 115- Mohoric 5’58”, Polanc dnf, Xu Gang dnf, Niemiec dnf

Posted in Bretagne Classic - Ouest France

Cattaneo shines in the summit arrival at La Camperona

Cattaneo shines in the summit arrival at La Camperona

The course of the eight stage of the Vuelta a Espana, 181,5 km from Villalpando to La Camperona, was a long flat road until 8,5 km to the arrival, where the road reared up on a
climb with maximum degrees of 20%.

This was the scenario of the great performance by Mattia Cattaneo (photo Bettini), who suffered in the past for injuries and crashes which limited heavily his pure talent.
The Italian rider exploited in the summit arrival stage the opportunity to demonstrate his skill and his good condition by joining the main breakaway of the race, with other 10 riders which approached the final climb with a large advantage (maximum advantage 10′) which prevented the chasing peloton to bridge the gap.

Cattaneo chose to pedal on a regular pace in the first part of the climb and he was dropped from the breakaway, however he increased the speed in the final and most demanding sector of the hill and he succeeded in recovering positions and in being very close to bridge the gap from the leading trio (Lagutin, Domont, Quemeneur).
Hi was very close to accomplish a great feat, however he crossed the finish line in 4th position (24″ to the winner Lagutin).

I’m happy I lived again those feeling you live pedaling in the front of the race and fighting for achieving a top result – Cattaneo explained – I feel my condition is good and it helped me to join the breakaway: this was my task for today stage and I was in the winning attack.
I set a low pace in the first part of the climb and I accelerated in the last kilometer, it was a good choice, however Lagutin was stronger“.

Meintjes relied on his grit and on the support of his team mates (good performance by Grmay and Mario Costa) in order to limit the gap from the top climbers: the South African rider, who’s suffering for the abrasions and contusions which were caused by the crash in which he was involved in the 6th stage, had a gap of 1’32” from the new red jersey Quintana.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Lagutin 4h09’30”
2- Domont 10″
3- Quemeneur 17″
4- Cattaneo 24″
5- Serry 40″
33- Meintjes 6’13”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Quintana 29h55’54”
2- Valverde 19″
3- Froome 27″
4- Chaves 57″
5- Konig 1’16”
22- Meintjes 4’04”

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

Stoic Koshevoy, Meintjes will face four interesting opportunities

Stoic Koshevoy, Meintjes will face four interesting opportunities

The 7th stage of the Vuelta a Espana was suitable for a massive sprint or for the success with an early breakaway.

After the 158,5 km with start from Maceda and arrival in Puebla de Sanabria (three categorized climb of 3rd category: Alto de Padornelo, the last one, at 18,5 km to the arrival) the plot of the stage was ended by a sprint of a group of 90 riders which had been restricted also by a crash which occurres in the last turn and in which no LAMPRE-MERIDA’s cyclists were involved.

Van Genechten obtained the victory, Meintjes was 25th and he was properly supported by his team mates Grmay (35th), Durasek (89th) and Conti (90th).
The South African climber (who’s 24th in the general classification) is going to face four summit arrivals which could be suitable for him for trying to achieve the goal of a stage victory.

The best congrats of the day are for Koshevoy (photo Bettini), who demonstrated his pure fighting spirit completing the stage despite the consequences of the crash in which he had been involved during Thursday stage (five stitches on the right eyebrow and wide abrasions).
The young blue-fuchsia-green rider was 181st at the arrival.

STAGE RESULTS
1-Van Genechten 3h55’44”
2- Bennati s.t.
3- Valverde s.t.
4- Gilbert s.t.
5- Reza s.t.
25- Meintjes s.t.
35- Grmay s.t., 89- Durasek s.t., 90- Conti s.t., 109- Mario Costa 9’48”, 112- Arashiro 9’50”, 126- Cattaneo 11’09”, 181- Koshevoy 16’34”

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Atapuma 25h41’05”
2- Valverde 24″
3- Froome 32″
4- Quintana 38″
5- Chaves s.t.
24- Meintjes 3’10”

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

A new important cycling project was born

A new important cycling project was born

In a conference which took place in Beijing, our sports group was officially assigned as basis for the development of the first World Tour team sustained by a Chinese main sponsor, thanks to the cooperation with TJ Sport Consultation(in foto, form left: Deng, Orlando Govi, Louis Shih, Mauro Gianetti, Giuseppe Saronni, Li zhiqiang, George Wang, Lowis Liu).

One of the commitment of TJ Sport Consultation, whose president is Mr Li Zhiqiang, is the development of the cycling in all its usage purposes: cycling as a means of transport which promotes a sustainable mobility and cycling as sports to be developped in all its disciplines and categories. The coordinator of this project is Mauro Gianetti.

The World Tour team, which will continue along and will boost the activity of the traditional Italian sports group which collected bunch of successes in more than two decades in the most important cycling races, will be the flag for the promotion of this project and will have long terms tasks that, on the agonistic field, will be four-year terms.

The goals of the team, which will be managed by the traditional group which is led by Giuseppe Saronni, will be the achievement of a high level of competitiveness in the Tour de France and the development of the Chinese cycling in view of the participation to the next Olympic Games.

More details about the group of partners which support the team and the roster will be soon announced.

Posted in Sponsor

Durasek in the best place for helping Meintjes

Durasek in the best place for helping Meintjes

The importance of the team mates.
In the final part of the 6th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, Monforte de Lemos-Luintra of 163,2 km with one categorized climb of 2nd category at 47,3 km from the arrival, Louis Meintjes could appreciate directly how fundamental is to be able to rely on a responsive mate.

The South African rider was pedaling in the group of the main contenders for the general classification when, at 15 km to the arrival, he could not avoid a rider who had crashed and so he hit thr ground too, suffering large abrasions on the left side of the body.
He was immediately assisted by Durasek, who was pedaling in the same group, who gave Meintjes his own bike, allowing him to reach the arrival in the red jersey group at 29” to the winner Simon Yates.

The stage began with another crash of a blue-fuchsia-green cyclist: 15 km in the race, Koshevoy crashed and he was treated with five stitches on the right eyebrow (photo Bettini). He also suffered abrasions, which however did not prevent him to complete the stage.

Conti gave to LAMPRE-MERIDA some satisfactions by joining the main breakawaway of the stage, going clear from the bunch at 40th km in the stage after a long series of attack attempts.
The Italian rider was dropped in the approach of the summit of the categorized climb.

Meintjes is 24th in the general classification at 3’10” from Atapuma.

STAGE RESULTS
1- Yates S. 4h50’00”
2- Sanches L. 20″
3- Felline 22″
4- Hermans s.t.
5- Helissonde s.t.
30- Meintjes 29″
58- Durasek 6’21”, 90- Cattaneo 15’54”, 100- Conti s.t., 109- Grmay 19’51”, 118- Mario Costa 23’01”, 147- Arashiro s.t., 179- Koshevoy s.t.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1- Atapuma 21h45’21”
2- Valverde 28″
3- Froome 32″
4- Quintana 38″
5- Chaves s.t.
24- Meintjes 3’10”

Posted in Vuelta a Espana

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