Japan Cup, Cat 1.3

Japan, October 26, 1997


Japanese Yoshiyuki Abe (Mapei-GB) has won the Japan Cup, held in Utsonomiya, 100 km north of Tokyo. The route used the 1990 World Championship route with one twist - it went in the opposite direction

This is the third win of his career (the others: the national title and a stage at the Tour of Poland). He reached the finish line in arms with his teammate Andrea Tafi. Abe races with the jersey of Japan National Champion.

Race distance - 151.3 kms:

 1 Yoshiyuki Abe (Jap) Mapei-GB			4.04.09 (37.182)
 2 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-GB
 3 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Francaise des Jeux
 5 S. Demarbaix (Bel) Lotto
 6 Fabian Dewaele (Bel) Lotto