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With roots stretching back to 1991, the Italian Lampre-Merida team is a seemingly ever-present part of the top-flight peloton. In recent years, though, its distinctive pink, blue and green kit has perhaps stood out more than any individual rider.

Former world champion Rui Costa is currently the biggest star signed to the team, but that hasn’t stopped a host of other riders taking the opportunity to grab major wins when they can.

By the end of the 2015 season the squad had quietly amassed a pretty enviable set of victories in the Grand Tours: Giro d’Italia stage victories for Jan Polanc, Diego Ulissi and sprinter Sacha Modolo (two stages); a Tour de France stage for Rubén Plaza; and Vuelta a España stages claimed by Nelson Oliveira and Plaza.

The signing of promising South African climber Louis Meintjes from MTN-Qhubeka could signal the start of a new era in 2016. The 23-year-old is hotly-tipped for big things, and could provide the catalyst for the team to up its game.

Giro d'Italia - Stage 7

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) took his first win since returning from a doping ban on the marathon 263km stage seven of the Giro d’Italia. The Italian ousprinted the likes of JJ…

Diego Ulissi wins stage eight of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

Lampre-Merida have officially announced that they will be withdrawing from the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), after the team were unable to comply with the anti-doping rules of the voluntary…