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12th Japan Cup - 1.3

Japan, October 26, 2003

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Ancora! Barbero wins Japan Cup again

By Miwako Sasaki, Japanese Cycle Sports

The 2003 Japan Cup podium
Photo ©: Miwako Sasaki

Lampre's Sergio Barbero scored his third victory in the Japan Cup when the Italian beat young German Patrick Sinkewitz (Quick Step-Davitamon) in the final sprint today. Third place went to Guido Trentin (Cofidis) who was two seconds back at the end of the 151 km race.

The Japan Cup is held on the Utsunomiya Forest Park, the memorial circuit of the 1990 World's. It consists of 10 laps of 14.1 km and a short 10.3 km final lap for a total of 151.3km. 74 riders started under clear skies, including Luca Paolini (Quick Step-Davitamon) who injured himself during yesterday's cyclotourist event. He was still in pain, but said he felt "better than yesterday". Paolini's teammate Michael Rogers, one of the favourites today, said "I think today will be very hard, and we see in the last two laps."

Five Japanese riders attacked from the peloton at the start, and immediately got a 1'00 gap. The breakaways were ex-Colpack rider Hidenori Nodera (Shimano Racing), Koji Fukushima (JPCA), Daiske Hioki (CCD Kinan Bike System), Hiroshi Sakaguchi and Kentaro Eshita (both Asian Racing Team). But the Asian duo dropped out of the breakaway fairly soon, while the other three riders continued to increase their advantage to 4'30 gap in the first 6 laps. Then the race started.

Sergio Barbero wins
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The Cofidis riders picked up the tempo in front of the peloton which gradually reduced in size. The breakaways were caught with three laps to go and Cofidis' Guido Trentin led the first group and won the "King of Mountain Prime" on the top of the climb (2 km from the start/finish line). The first group contained around 20 riders with two laps to go, including Paolini, Rogers, Sinkewitz, Trentin, and Barbero.

After some counter attacking from the first group, seven riders jumped clear: Sinkewitz, Barbero, Damiano Cunego and Gerrit Glomser (both Saeco), Felix Garcia Casas (Team Bianchi), Trentin and his teammate Daniel Atienza. Then Sinkewitz attacked the seven riders on the final climb, and was caught by Barbero and Trentin. Sinkewitz tried to attack again with 1 km to go, but Barbero was still strong and beat Sinkewitz in the sprint.

"The last climb was very hard, but I could pass it and still had some power with 500m to go," Barbero said after the race. He already won the Japan Cup in 1999 and last year, and is now being called "Mr. Japan Cup", like Claudio Chiappucci. (winner in 1993, 1994 and 1995).


Images by Miwako Sasaki/Japanese Cycle Sports

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Results - 151.3 km

1 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre                                  4.03.56 (37.22 km/h)
2 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step-Davitamon                         
3 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis,Le Credit Par Telephone             0.02
4 Felix M. Garcia Casas (Spa) Team Bianchi                        0.21
5 Daniel Atienza Urendez (Spa) Cofidis,Le Credit Par Telephone        
6 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Saeco                                      0.41
7 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco                                      1.02
8 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Cofidis,Le Credit Par Telephone          1.03
9 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco                              1.05
10 Yasutaka Tashiro (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                 1.29
11 Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing                             1.30
12 Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Shimano Racing                               1.38
13 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor               2.15
14 Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre                  2.18
15 Mitsuteru Tanaka (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team                       2.29
16 Guillem Munos (Spa) Team Orbea Etxe-Ondo                       4.27
17 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Saeco                               4.28
18 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre                                     4.38
19 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis,Le Credit Par Telephone    
20 Angelo Lopeboselli (Ita) Cofidis,Le Credit Par Telephone       4.40
21 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon                        5.35
22 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step-Davitamon                      5.36
23 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre                                 7.32
24 Juan Fuentes Angullo (Spa) Saeco                               7.33
25 Hisafumi Imanishi (Jpn) Shimano Racing                             
26 Makoto Iijima (Jpn) Sumita Ravanello Pearlizumi                7.34
27 Kazuya Okazaki (Jpn) Team Nippon Hodo                              
28 Kyoshi Miura (Jpn) Ccd Kinan Bike System                           
29 Ken Hashikawa (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                    7.35
30 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) JPCA                                      7.36
31 Kazuyuki Manabe (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team                    
32 Stefan Adamsson (Swe) Team Bianchi                             7.37
33 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Quick Step-Davitamon                 7.39
34 Koki Shimbo (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team                            7.40
35 Akira Kakinuma (Jpn) Ccd Kinan Bike System                     7.41
36 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon                          
37 Makoto Takeuchi (Jpn) Team Orbea Etxe-Ondo                     7.42
38 Francisco Jose Lara Ruiz (Spa) Team Bianchi                    9.14
39 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Lampre                                9.48
40 David Plaza Romero (Spa) Team Bianchi                         10.28
41 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) Jean Delatour                             10.51
42 Frederic Finot (Fra) Jean Delatour                                 
43 Jerome Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour                                 
DNF Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Bianchi                               
DNF Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour                                
DNF Ludovic Martin (Fra) Jean Delatour                                
DNF Satoshi Hirose (Jpn) Team Nippon Hodo                             
DNF Luca Bompadre (Ita) Team Nippon Hodo                              
DNF Satoshi Nakazato (Jpn) Team Orbea Etxe-Ondo                       
DNF Hidenori Nodera (Jpn) Shimano Racing                              
DNF Noriyuki Iijima (Jpn) JPCA                                        
DNF Motoo Masui (Jpn) JPCA                                            
DNF Satoshi Okubo (Jpn) JPCA                                          
DNF Hidenobu Otsuka (Jpn) JPCA                                        
DNF Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Team Nippon Hodo                               
DNF Yukinaga Kodaira (Jpn) Team Nippon Hodo                           
DNF Junichi Shibuya (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                     
DNF Takehiro Mizutani (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                   
DNF Masafumi Nishitani (Jpn) Team Orbea Etxe-Ondo                     
DNF Shinya Numata (Jpn) Team Orbea Etxe-Ondo                          
DNF Yoshimasa Hirose (Jpn) Shimano Racing                             
DNF Ken Akita (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team                                 
DNF Hiroshi Sakaguchi (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team                         
DNF Kentaro Eshita (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team                            
DNF Masahiko Mifune (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team                   
DNF Kojiro Nakagawa (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team                   
DNF Tetsuya Ishida (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team                    
DNF Shinichi Amagasa (Jpn) Sumita Ravanello Pearlizumi                
DNF Ikki Yoneyama (Jpn) Sumita Ravanello Pearlizumi                   
DNF Kazutaka Fukao (Jpn) Sumita Ravanello Pearlizumi                  
DNF Yoshinori Iino (Jpn) Sumita Ravanello Pearlizumi                  
DNF Akira Sumoto (Jpn) Ccd Kinan Bike System                          
DNF Daisuke Hioki (Jpn) Ccd Kinan Bike System                         
DNF Shinobu Noguchi (Jpn) Ccd Kinan Bike System                       

Past winners

2002 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre-Daikin      
2001 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
2000 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
1999 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi
1998 Fabien De Waele (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
1997 Yoshiyuki Abe (Jap) Mapei-GB
1996 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Team Polti
1995 Claudio Chiappucci (Ita) Carrera Jeans
1994 Claudio Chiappucci (Ita) Carrera Jeans
1993 Claudio Chiappucci (Ita) Carrera Jeans
1992 Hendrik Redant (Bel) Lotto

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,