The winner of the Volta Limburg, realize also the first Asian top result of the year for the NIPPO Vini Fantini team, winning the second stage of the Tour of Japan. It is the second victory of the team in the month of May after the GP of Lugano victory by Iuri Filosi. In the sprint of the group a good placement also for Kazushige Kuboki closing with a good 5th final place.
NIPPO Vini Fantini is ready for the Tour of Japan, 20th edition, a key race in the #OrangeBlue racing calendar.
3 Japanese riders have been selected: the sprinter Kazushige Kuboki and the climbers Hideto Nakane and Masakazu Ito.
With them 3 Italian athletes, the former Italian National Champion Ivan Santaromita, the Volta Limburg 2017 winner Marco Canola and the team-worker and experienced rider Alan Marangoni.
The Hammer Series is a brand new format run in partnership by Infront Sports Media & Velon. The first event will take place in Limburg, from 1st to 4th of June. The NIPPO Vini Fantini will be the first Italian team to take part to this amazing new event-format. Damiano Cunego & Ivan Santaromita leaders for Hammer Climbs, Marino Kobayashi and Iuri Filosi the young talents, Nicolas Marini the leader of Hammer Sprint, Riccardo Stacchiotti and Alan Marangoni the team-workers and important for the Hammer Chase.
8 athletes selected by Sports Directors Manzoni & Fukushima for the important French race of category 2.HC. Damiano Cunego will be the experienced leader, together with Marco Canola, already winner of Limburg. With them the winner of Lugano Iuri Filosi,