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The ever inconsistent but ever present Italian Lampre-Merida team had started to become part of the peloton furniture in recent years, so much so that their most defining and memorable feature was the excrutiatingly luminous pink kit they donned.

But since signing world champion Rui Costa in 2014, and toning down their kit ever so slightly, the team have threatened to actually get some big wins. Tour de Suisse overall victory for their Portuguese leader was probably their most notable victory of 2014 in the end, as Diego Ulissi’s unstoppable form at the Giro d’Italia was spoiled by becoming embroiled in a doping scandal and withdrawing from his home race.

Already off to a flyer in 2015, with the little-known Rafael Valls winning overall at the Tour of Oman, Lampre’s main goal will be helping Costa to as high a finish as possible at the Tour de France. But Italian Classics man Filippo Pozzato will be out to find some form for the team this spring, as well as proving he’s not a prima donna. Because, you know, only God can judge him.

Giro d'Italia - Stage 7

Diego Ulissi takes Giro d’Italia stage seven

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 quit MPCC over Diego Ulissi case

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…