Tour of Japan – stage 1, Kyoto – Kyoto.
Marco Canola is again on the podium, the third seasonal podium of the #OrangeBlue leader, the second one in Japan. After going close to the success in the time trial prologue, today another podium in the first stage of the Tour of Japan.
A placement arrived at the end of a nervous stage, with a breakaway caught by the group only at the end with the collaboration between team NIPPO and team Ukyo, with the other teams waiting. The winner of today is the Japanese rider Takeaki Amezawa with a good action that anticipated the final sprint. Second place for Grega Bole that almost catch the winner and third place for Marco Canola of the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team.
The #OrangeBlue leader comments with these words: “Today not a typical sprint and arrival, everyone was looking and waiting for us. In the final I tried to come back from behind after the good action of the Japanese rider, but I reached the third place. For sure the condition is good and we will try to improve our results, from podium to victory.”
In the top10 of the day also Simone Ponzi, that after working for his teammates reached the final 8° place of the day. The Tour of Japan is just at the beginning, other 6 stages to go, with many other possibilities for the team riders, starting from tomorrow stage of 127km, with finish-line in Inabe.
TOUR OF JAPAN – STAGE RANKING.
1 AMEZAWA Takeaki – Utsunomiya Blitzen
2 BOLE Grega – Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
3 CANOLA Marco – NIPPO – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini
4 KREDER Raymond – Team UKYO
5 WOOD Oliver – JLT Condor
6 RAIM Mihkel – Israel Cycling Academy
7 HUCKER Robbie – Team UKYO
8 PONZI Simone – NIPPO – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini
9 ARASHIRO Yukiya – Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
10 LEBAS Thomas – Kinan Cycling Team
TOUR OF JAPAN – GENERAL RANKING.
1 BOLE Grega Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
2 CANOLA Marco NIPPO – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini + 0:01
3 BIBBY Ian – JLT Condor + 0:04
4 WOOD Oliver – JLT Condor + 0:05
5 RAIM Mihkel – Israel Cycling Academy + 0:05