9th Japan Cup - 1.3

Utsunomiya, Japan, October 29, 2000

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Lampre rides to a 1-2-3 in the wet

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Lampre 1-2
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Italian Massimo Codol (Lampre) won the 9th Japan Cup in 1-2 finish with his teammate, Gabriele Missaglia, after they attacked on lap one and rode away from the bunch. In third place, making it a Lampre triple, was Marco Serpellini who finished alone, over 1 minute behind his colleagues.

It an extremely wet day for the first time in the history of this race and the temperature was 10 degrees at the top of mountain. 81 riders started the race, but just 28 finished. However, for most of them the race was over after the first lap!

Normally a race starts slowly, but the rain the riders extra careful. When one Japanese rider attacked at the end of the first lap, Codol and Missaglia followed him. "We were afraid of a fall on the descent, so we followed," said Codol said after race.

6 riders made the break,including Codol, Missaglia, Thierry Loder (Cofidis), Ken Hashikawa and Tetsuya Okada (Team Bridgestone Anchor), and Tomoya Kano (Shimano). They quickly gained 1'30 on the peloton, and only Fabien De Waele (Lotto), Marco Serpellini (Lampre), and Steven Kleynen (Farm Frites) followed them. Although Serpellini and Kleynen joined the first group, De Waele (Lotto), who was Andrei Tchmil's lieutenant, broke his bicycle and was delayed.

The first group now contained 8 men, and they continued to extend their gap which was almost 10 minutes at 6 laps. Then, Codol and Missaglia attacked from the front group with 1 kilometre to go to the finish of the 6th lap. The two Lampre riders got a gap quickly, 40 seconds at the top of the mountain.

At the end, the two Lampre men finished first without sprinting, and Codol, who worked well today, won the race. Later, Serpellini got 3rd place, so the podium was dominated by the pink Lampre colors!

Andrei Tchmil, who was one of favorites for this race, lost his good lieutenant at 2 laps, Sebastien Demarbaix, who came 3rd last year. Demarbaix crashed his bicycle after Dewaele did and had to changed it. But Demarbaix had no bicycle on his team car, because a team only carries 2 extra bikes (because they must carry them on the plane). In the case of Lotto, one was for Tchmil, and one for another rider (Dewaele used it). So Tchmil couldn't carry out his tactics: he and his team couldn't catch the first group, and he finished 12 place, 11'53 behind the winner.

Report courtesy of Miwako Sasaki, Japanese Cyclesport

Results - 151.3 km

1 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                     4.16.34 (35.38 km/h)
2 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                   0.01
3 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                     1.11
4 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Farm Frites                         4.14
5 Ken Hashikawa (Jap) Team Bridgestone Anchor             10.07
6 Mitsuteru Tanaka (Jap) Aisan Kogyo                      11.00
7 Yasuhiro Nakajima (Jap) Kinan Maruishi                  11.31
8 Massimo Cigana (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom              11.34
9 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis                            11.36
10 Junichi Shibuya (Jap) Team Bridgestone Anchor          11.40
11 Yoshimasa Hirose (Jap) YCST                            11.53
12 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
13 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                  12.07
14 Fabian De Waele (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                     12.11
15 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
16 Satoshi Hirose (Jap) Nippon Hodo Racing Team           12.12
17 Dirk Ronellenfitsch (Ger) Farm Frites
18 Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                12.13
19 Hisafumi Imanishi (Jap) Shimano Racing Team
20 Kazuya Okazaki (Jap) Kinan Maruishi                    12.17
21 Masamichi Yamamoto (Jap) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team
22 Kazuyuki Manabe (Jap) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team        12.18
23 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
24 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis                            12.22
25 Laurent Estadieu (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                 12.24
26 Masahiko Mifune (Jap) JPCA
27 Nobuo Tamaki (Jap) Cheblo-Artnature                    12.26
28 Osamu Sumida (Jap) Shimano Racing Team                 12.28
HD Oscar Mason (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom                12.51
HD Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom
HD David Delrieu (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                    12.52
HD Claude Lamour (Fra) Cofidis                            13.01
HD Thierry Loder (Fra) Cofidis                            15.07
HD Yuichi Numata (Jap) Aisan Kogyo                        15.36
HD Tetsuya Okada (Jap) Team Bridgestone Anchor
HD Shusaku Takahashi (Jap) Cheblo-Artnature               15.37
HD Tomoya Kano (Jap) Shimano Racing Team 
HD Koki Shimbo (Jap) Sumita Ravanello Pearlizumi          18.18
HD Yoshiyuki Abe (Jap) Shimano Racing Team                19.57
HD Jun Ihara (Jap) Aisan Kogyo
HD Yasutaka Tashiro (Jap) Team Bridgestone Anchor
DNF Martin Van Steen (Ned) Farm Frites
DNF Sebastien Demarbaix (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
DNF Osamu Kurimura (Jap) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team
DNF Kyoshi Miura (Jap) Kinan Maruishi
DNF Ken Kojima (Jap) Nippon Hodo Racing Team
DNF Shinri Suzuki (Jap) Shimano Racing Team
DNF Koji Fukushima (Jap) Sumita Ravanello Pearlizumi
DNF Toshiyuki Nishiyama (Jap) Kinan Maruishi
DNF Alexandre Grux (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Hiroshi Sakaguchi (Jap) Aisan Kogyo
DNF Nobuhiro Mashimo (Jap) Nippon Hodo Racing Team
DNF Akira Kakinuma (Jap) YCST
DNF Justin Spinelli (USA) Farm Frites
DNF Nico Ruyloft (Bel) Farm Frites
DNF Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom
DNF Massimo Podenzana (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom
DNF Philippe Bordenave (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Masahiro Yasuhara (Jap) Kinan Maruishi
DNF Fumio Shiogami (Jap) YCST
DNF Takehiro Mizutani (Jap) JPCA
DNF Masakazu Mori (Jap) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team
DNF Daisuke Sakuta (Jap) Sumita Ravanello Pearlizumi
DNF Taiji Tanaka (Jap) Sumita Ravanello Pearlizumi
DNF Kozo Fujita (Jap) Team Bridgestone Anchor
DNF Takumi Beppu (Jap) Nippon Hodo Racing Team
DNF Benoit Salmon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Hitoshi Takahashi (Jap) Cheblo-Artnature
DNF Kentaro Eshita (Jap) Aisan Kogyo
DNF Angelo Lopeboselli (Ita) Cofidis
DNF Yoshihiro Iida (Jap) JPCA
DNF Noriyuki Iijima (Jap) JPCU Tochigi Medalist
DNF Yasuhiro Ando (Jap) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team
DNF Akira Shibuya (Jap) JPCA
DNF Shinji Uchida (Jap) JPCA
DNF Takashi Miyahara (Jap) JPCU Tochigi Medalist
DNF Masataka Tsurumaki (Jap) JPCU Tochigi Medalist
DNF Yuichi Suda (Jap) JPCU Tochigi Medalist
DNF Takashi Watanabe (Jap) JPCU Tochigi Medalist
DNF Naokiyo Hashisako (Jap) Cheblo-Artnature
DNF Yasuhiro Nito (Jap) YCST

Starters: 81
Finishers: 28
Outside time limit: 13
Abandons: 40

Results courtesy of Kazuyuki Yamaguchi, Service de Presse


The second last UCI ranked one day road race of this season is the Japan Cup, held this year on Sunday, October 29. It is ranked 1.3, and will see six invited European teams compete alongside eleven Japanese teams for a total of 85 competitors. Notable riders include Sergio Barbero, Marco Serpellini and Gabriele Missaglia (Lampre), Stefano Garzelli (Mercatone Uno), Andrei Tchmil (Lotto), Jo Planckaert (Cofidis), as well as five man teams from Farm Frites and Ag2r-Prevoyance.

The 151.3 km race will start at 10:00am on the Forest Park Circuit course, Utsunomiya City, and will proceed for 10 x 14.1 laps, followed by one 10.3 kilometre lap. In addition to the usual finishing prizes, there will be special primes awarded to the first to the top of the mountain summit on each of the 3rd, 6th and 9th laps.

Start List


11 Sergio Barbero (Ita)        21 Steven Kleynen (Bel)
12 Massimo Codol (Ita)         22 Justin Spinelli (USA)
13 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita)    23 Martin Van Steen (Ned)
14 Marco Pinotti (Ita)         24 Dirk Ronellenfitsch (Ger)
15 Marco Serpellini (Ita)      25 Nico Ruyloft (Bel)

COFIDIS                        MERCATONE UNO-ALBACOM

31 Peter Farazijn (Bel)        41 Stefano Garzelli (Ita)
32 Claude Lamour (Fra)         42 Marco Velo (Ita)
33 Thierry Loder (Fra)         43 Massimo Podenzana (Ita)
34 Angelo Lopeboselli (Ita)    44 Oscar Mason (Ita)
35 Jo Planckaert (Bel)         45 Massimo Cigana (Ita)


51 Andrei Tchmil (Bel)         61 Benoit Salmon (Fra)
52 Sebastien Demarbaix (Bel)   62 Philippe Bordenave (Fra)
53 Fabian De Waele (Bel)       63 David Delrieu (Fra)
54 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel)    64 Laurent Estadieu (Fra)
55 Christophe Detilloux (Bel)  65 Alexandre Grux (Fra)

JPCA                           JPCU TOCHIGI MEDALIST

71 Masahiko Mifune (Jap)       81 Takashi Miyahara (Jap)
72 Takehiro Mizutani (Jap)     82 Masataka Tsurumaki (Jap)
73 Yoshihiro Iida (Jap)        83 Noriyuki Iijima (Jap)
74 Akira Shibuya (Jap)         84 Yuichi Suda (Jap)
75 Shinji Uchida (Jap)         85 Takashi Watanabe (Jap)


91 Yoshiyuki Abe (Jap)         101 Masamichi Yamamoto (Jap)
92 Osamu Sumida (Jap)          102 Masakazu Mori (Jap)
93 Tomoya Kano (Jap)           103 Osamu Kurimura (Jap)
94 Hisafumi Imanishi (Jap)     104 Kazuyuki Manabe (Jap)
95 Shinri Suzuki (Jap)         105 Yasuhiro Ando (Jap)


111 Koki Shimbo (Jap)          121 Kyoshi Miura (Jap)
112 Daisuke Sakuta (Jap)       122 Masahiro Yasuhara (Jap)
113                            123 Yasuhiro Nakajima (Jap)
114 Koji Fukushima (Jap)       124 Kazuya Okazaki (Jap)
115 Taiji Tanaka (Jap)         125 Toshiyuki Nishiyama (Jap)


131 Yasutaka Tashiro (Jap)     141 Mitsuteru Tanaka (Jap)
132 Tetsuya Okada (Jap)        142 Yuichi Numata (Jap)
133 Junichi Shibuya (Jap)      143 Hiroshi Sakaguchi (Jap)
134 Kozo Fujita (Jap)          144 Kentaro Eshita (Jap)
135 Ken Hashikawa (Jap)        145 Jun Ihara (Jap)


151 Nobuhiro Mashimo (Jap)     161 Nobuo Tamaki (Jap)
152 Satoshi Hirose (Jap)       162 Shusaku Takahashi (Jap)
153 Ken Kojima (Jap)           163 Naokiyo Hashisako (Jap)
154 Takumi Beppu (Jap)         164 - - -
155                            165 Hitoshi Takahashi (Jap)


171 Akira Kakinuma (Jap)
172 Yoshimasa Hirose (Jap)
173 Fumio Shiogami (Jap)
174 Yasuhiro Nito (Jap) 

Past winners

1997 Yoshiyuki Abe (Jap)
1998 Fabien De Waele (Bel) 
1999 Sergio Barbero (Ita)