Christopher Horner will unfortunately not take part in the 2014 Vuelta. Valerio Conti will take his place in his debut in a grand tour.
In the late morning, LAMPRE-MERIDA performed a special training in view of the team time trial that will open the 2014 edition of Vuelta a Espana (12,6 km, Jerez de la Frontera).
Mattia Cattaneo, born in 1990, will sign the contract renewal with the blue-fuchsia-green team for 2015 and 2016 seasons.
LAMPRE-MERIDA will monitor four Countries during the National championship weekend: Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Poland.
The Team communicates that the rider Diego Ulissi has today received notification from the International Cycling Union (UCI) of an adverse analytical finding in relation to the anti-doping test carried out at the end of the 11th stage during the Giro d’Italia (Collecchio-Savona, May the 21st, 2014).
LAMPRE-MERIDA is willing to honor in the best way its participation in Tour de Slovenie (19-22 June): you could understand it by reading the names of the 8 cyclists that were selected in order to take part in the race.
In the schedule of races for May for LAMPRE-MERIDA there will be not only Giro d'Italia, but also Tour of Japan. The Japanese race is an important appointment, especially considering the exposure of the team image in the new cycling fronteers and the passion of the Japanese fans.
On Liege-Bastogne-Liege roads it could happen to see the current World Champion (Rui Costa), an athlete whose palmares is full of important tryumphs (Damiano Cunego), the best Italian young talent (Diego Ulissi) training with a cyclist that won two Doyennes (Michele Bartoli).
Antalya airport will receive the members of LAMPRE-MERIDA selection that will take part in the 50th edition of Tour of Turkey (27 April-5 May).
LAMPRE-MERIDA is going to come back to the North, this time to face the Ardenne Classics. This is the races schedule and the selections of blue-fuchsia-green cyclists:
As usual, Giro del Trentino will be suitable for riders, that will fight on climbs from 22 to 25 April.
Paris-Roubaix is over, but 2014 season will give the chance to the cyclists to face again the cobblestones. In the 5th stage of Tour de France, in fact, the bunch will cover 9 cobblestones sectors in the 164 km from Ypres to Arenberg.
Crashes, punctures, mechanical problems: they're all elements that all the teams partecipating in Paris-Roubaix must face. Despite the efforts by the riders and the team staff, LAMPRE-MERIDA could not be in the head of the race, obtaining the 50th place by Pozzato and the 80th by Palini.
The American cyclist Chris Horner had an unfortunated accident while out training around Lake Como.
In LAMPRE-MERIDA's balance in Tour des Flandres there are some highlights.
Very good morale for LAMPRE-MERIDA in view of Tour des Flandres, thanks to the two victories by Modolo in Three Days of De Panne (6th April).
LAMPRE-MERIDA is going to take part in two World Tour Belgian races.
Diego Ulissi is going to come back to Coppi e Bartali, where he obtained one stage victory and the success in the overall classification.
On Sunday 23 March team LAMPRE-MERIDA will take part in Milano-Sanremo.
Milano-Sanremo week begins with LAMPRE-MERIDA leading the World Tour team raking.