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Davide Cimolai wins stage in Rasteau (Paris-Nice)


Davide Cimolai wins stage in Rasteau (Paris-Nice)

The fifth stage of Paris-Nice started with a long climb but flattened out towards the finish. After the last attackers had been caught on the final kilometer, TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA’s Davide Cimolai managed to win the bunch sprint, turning this Friday the 13th into his lucky day. Filippo Pozzato completed the success with a 4th place in the 3rd stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico.

One day after the queen’s stage at Paris-Nice the riders had to tackle the category 1 Col de la République right after the start of the fifth stage. Five riders made good use of this tough start to get away from the peloton, and they stayed until the last couple of kilometers of the stage. In order to reel in the group the bunch had to keep the pace very high all the way into the finale. While some teams decided to set up sprint trains with four to five riders, TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA opted for a different strategy just as it had done at the end of the third stage.

Niccolo Bonifazio sheltered mate Davide Cimolai from the wind and intelligently profited from    the other teams’ s sprint trains to get his team to the finish in the best position possible in the winding and slightly ascending finale. But it was not before the 300-meters-to-go sign that the last escapee Thomas de Gendt got caught and the sprint was for the stage win. Right away Bryan Coquard started his sprint, but Davide Cimolai was latched to his rear wheel and had no difficulty to sprint past the Frenchman and score TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA’s fifth winand his second individual success of the season. This was also the first win of the year in a WorldTour race.

The riders in blue, fuchsia and MERIDA green got to celebrate another top5 result at the second stage race of the week. Tirreno-Adriatico’s third stage led from Cascina to Arezzo where five laps had to be ridden on a local circuit. This gave the riders a chance to have a thorough look at the demanding finale that included multiple corners and cobblestones and thus favorited the specialists for the spring classics. And these specialists battled for the win in the end: Belgian Greg van Avermaet managed to beat Peter Sagan and Zdenek Stybar in the dash for the finish line. Right behind them, Filippo Pozzato crossed the finish line in 4th. With this result TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA’s captain for the spring classics showed that he’s in an excellent shape.

73rd Paris-Nizza

5th stage: Saint-Etienne - Rasteau, 192km

1. Davide Cimolai, ITA/TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA, in 4:12.09 hours
2. Bryan Coquard, FRA, st
3. Michael Matthews, AUS, st

50th Tirreno-Adriatico

3rd stage: Cascina - Arezzo, 203km

1. Greg van Avermaet, BEL, in 4:58.17 hours
2. Peter Sagen, SVK, st
3. Zdenek Stybar, CZE, st
4. Filippo Pozzato, ITA/TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA, st