Team Lampre-Merida

Ulissi gets his second Giro stage win


Ulissi gets his second Giro stage win

TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA continues to show some great form at the Giro d'Italia: After two more top10 finishes in the preceding stages, Diego Ulissi went on to show another great performance and get his second stage win of this year's race.

On the day after Diego Ulissi's first stage win, the longest stage of this year's Giro d'Italia was on schedule: Of the 257 kilometres from Sassano to Montecassino the final 8.5 kilometres were leading uphill. But all of this was very relative as a huge pile-up changed the race with 10 kilometres. The riders of TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA were lucky to escape the carnage relatively unhurt, but all dreams of another top result were gone before the final ascent had begun. At least Diego Ulissi crossed the finish line in 9th, adding another top10 result to the team's tally.

Winner Anacona managed to slip into the group of attackers on the next day, but that group was caught with just a few kilometres to go to the finish in Foligno. The ensuing sprint of the bunch was won by Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni who got his second stage win. Roberto Ferrari had opted for the same side of the road as the fast Frenchman, found no way around him and crossed the finish line in 5th. Thus TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA's sprinter confirmed his status as one of the fastest sprinters at this year's Giro d'Italia.

For all the climbers the Giro d'Italia only started in full earnest with the stage up to Montecopiolo. No less than three tough climbs were waiting on the final 50 kilometres of the stage. For the first couple of hours, a group of 10 attackers took charge of things, and TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA was represented by young Mattia Cattaneo. With about 45 kilometres to go, Colombian Julian Arredondo placed a first attack that made the group explode, and soon after the South American was all by himself. Unfortunately Przemyslaw Niemiec suffered a mechanical just at the beginning of the tough climb up to Cippo di Carpegna. Despite a fast repair and the help of his young team mate Jan Polanc Niemiec never managed to get back to the group with the overall contenders.

When the group containing all favourites further increased its pace with about 25 kilometres to go Damiano Cunego got dropped as well. Thus only one rider of TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA remained in the select group of favourites: Diego Ulissi. The 24 year-old Tuscan survived a couple of attacks and accelerations, and he kept his cool when the attacks came in short succession on the final two kilometres. First Ulissi moved up to the first couple of positions within the group of favourites, and then he reacted to an attack of the reigning Croatian road champion Robert Kiserlovski, passing and dropping him on the final 50 metres. Thus Diego Ulissi got to celebrate his second stage win in this year's Giro d'Italia. In the overall standings, Ulissi moved up to 6th place.

97th Giro d'Italia 2014

Stage 6, Sassano - Montecassino (257km)
1. Michael Matthews, AUS, in 6:37.01 hours
2. Tim Wellens, BEL, st
3. Cadel Evans, AUS, st
9. Diego Ulissi, ITA/TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA, + 0.49

Stage 7, Frosinone - Foligno (211km)
1. Nacer Bouhanni, FRA, in 5:16.05 hours
2. Giacomo Nizzolo, ITA, st
3. Luca Mezgez, SVN, st
5. Roberto Ferrari, ITA/TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA, st

Stage 8, Foligno - Montecopiolo (179km)
1. Diego Ulissi, ITA/TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA, in 4:47.47 hours
2. Robert Kiserlovski, CRO, + 0.03
3. Wilco Kelderman, NED, + 0.06