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TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA welcomes the new World champion

TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA welcomes the new World champion

The men's race at cycling's road world championships in Tuscany turned into a true battle of attrition in pouring rain. The riders of TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA were riding at the head of much of the race, and although no athlete made it into the top10 the team had a good reason to celebrate when the race was over.

When the best professional cyclists of the world set off for their world championship race over 270 kilometers on Sunday morning, TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA had quite a lot of riders at the start: Filippo Pozzato, Michele Scarponi and Diegol Ulissi all started in the Italian national jersey. Przemyslaw Niemiec was competing for Poland, Kristijan Durasek for Croatia and Winner Anacona for Colombia. Slovenia's Jan Polanc was at the start as well, a rider who has been part of TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA as a stagiaire since August and who has signed a two-year contract with the team.

For the first couple of hours of the race five riders escaped from the bunch, building a lead of up to eight minutes. But the Italian team flexed its muscles on home turf, and Michele Scarponi and Diego Ulissi both worked hard to reduce the gap to the escapees lap after lap. When the race went into the final lap, Michele Scarponi increased the speed on the climb to Fiesole, breaking up the group of medal contenders. Unfortunately the Italians were not rewarded for their generous work as their team leader Vincenzo Nibali had to settle for fourth place.

Michele Scarponi crossed the line as the last rider of the first chasing group, including pre-race favourites such as Philippe Gilbert, Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan to finish in 16th. Filippo Pozzato won the sprint of the next group of riders to finish in 17th. Young Jan Polanc crossed the finish line in 40th place. Diego Ulissi stepped out of the demanding, crash-marred race just like Przemyslaw Niemiec, Kristijan Durasek and Winner Anacona.

Still TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA was all smiles, and that was thanks to the new world champion: Rui Costa is the first Portuguese ever to wear pro cycling's rainbow jersey. And Costa has already signed a contract with TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA for next season, so the team has the pleasure to welcome the world champion in its ranks. MERIDA is looking forward to be the world champion's bicycle supplier. And of course MERIDA would like to congratulate Rui Costa on the coup he pulled off in Florence.