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7th Tour of Japan - 2.5

Japan, May 19-26, 2002

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Stage 5 - May 25: Utsunomiya Forest Park Circuit (Utsunomiya), 154.5 km

Fukushima gets first Japanese stage win since 1996

By Miwako Sasaki, Japanese Cycle Sport

Japanese Shinichi Fukushima (Team Bridgestone Anchor) won the 5th stage of Tour of Japan, the first Japanese victory since Daiske Imanaka won a stage of the race in 1996. And Italian Simone Mori (Team Jura Suisse) took the green leader's jersey after long break away with Fukushima and Olexandr Klymenko (Mroz).

79 riders started at the Utsunomiya Forest Park Circuit, the site of the World Championships in 1990, and completed 15 laps today. The weather was very fine and hot, with temperatures of over 30 degrees on the road.

The race got going from the first lap today when six riders attacked from the peloton and established a 1'50 advantage at 13 laps to go. The members of the break were Pawel Niedzwiecki (Mroz), Giuseppe Riborzi (Team Jura Suisse), and four Japanese riders, Kaoru Ouchi (Shimano Racing), Kentaro Eshita (Asian-Ind Racing), Junichi Shibuya and Yoshimasa Hirose (Team Bridgestone Anchor).

At 12 laps to go, there was first the first mountain sprint, easily taken by Niedzwiecki; Riborzi was 2nd and Shibuya was 3rd. And Klymenko, Mori, Kairat Baigdinov and Pavel Nevdakh (Team Orbea Etxeondo) chased 1 minute behind, and the peloton led by race leader Bert Scheirlinckx (RDM-Flanders) followed them soon after. Stijn Vanstraelen (RDM-Flanders) had mechanical trouble on the top of mountain and lost contact with the peloton.

At 11 laps to go, the first group except Eshita still had 30" advantage on the top of mountain and now another four riders including Kazimesz Stafiej (Mroz) and Klymenko chased to the first group, and Mori and David Chassot (Team Jura Suisse) followed them in front of the peloton.

At 10 laps to go, there were now 13 riders in the first group, including three Mroz men, Niedzwiecki, Stafiej, Klymenko as well as Mori. The peloton still led by Scheirlinckx was 30" behind.

At 8 laps to go Klymenko won the mountain sprint to defend his red jersey. At 7 laps to go, four riders attacked from the first group: Stafiej, Klymenko, Mori and Fukushima.

"In Shuzenji, I also attacked with Klymenko and Mori, but I couldn't follow them on that time. So I thought I might to keep follow them today," said Fukishima after the race.

The four immediately built a lead, 2'00 with 5 laps to go. Scheirlinckx struggled in the peloton without his teammate's support, effectively lost his jersey and Mori became the new leader on the course.

At four laps to go, the four had 2'30, and Australian Scott Davis jumped from the second group and chased them alone. At 3 laps to go, Stafiej dropped from the first group, and three riders continued to race in the lead. Those three riders competed for the final sprint, and Fukushima crossed the line first.

"I wanted to win as here is my country. But I thought I should win by my own ability."

This victory was very historic for Japanese riders, because since the race became too big and Trade Teams came here in 1997, Japanese couldn't win a stage for 5 years. Fukushima, who has ridden in France since 1998, also has a dream to become professional soon. This success will help him.

Mori, who finished behind Fukushima, became the new leader, as Scheirlinckx finished 1'34 after. "It was a very difficult race, as the breakaway was long and hard, as Klymenko was very strong too. I appreciate my teammates who worked hard today," said the 30 year old Italian.

Mori also dedicated his green jersey to his wife and son, and to his ex-teammate of Amica Chips, Amilcare Tronca who passed away by an accident in 1999. Mori has only a 6" advantage to Klymenko now, but tomorrow's stage is very flat and Klymenko isn't a sprinter. So Mori can keep his green jersey at last.

Photography

Photos courtesy of Miwako Sasaki

 

Results

1 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor            4.12.04
2 Simone Mori (Swi) Team Jura Suisse
3 Oleksandr Klymenko (Ukr) Mroz
4 Kazimierz Stafiej (Pol) Mroz                                   0.52
5 Pavel Nevdakh (Kaz) Team Orbea Etxeondo                        0.59
6 Scott Davis (Aus) Australian National Team                     1.09
7 Wolfram Wiese (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges                         1.28
8 Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing                             1.34
9 Kazuyuki Manabe (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team
10 Hisafumi Imanishi (Jpn) Shimano Racing
11 Michel Klinger (Swi) Team Jura Suisse
12 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) RDM-Flanders
13 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team
14 Mateusz Mroz (Pol) Mroz
15 Kam Po Wong (Hkg) Hong Kong National Team
16 David Mcpartland (Aus) Australian National Team
17 Koki Shimbo (Jpn) Asian Ind. Racing
18 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team
19 Kairat Baigudinov (Kaz) Team Orbea Etxeondo
20 Mitsuteru Tanaka (Jpn) Asian Ind. Racing                      1.38
21 Hans-Jurgen Juretzek (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges                 3.51
22 Kazuya Okazaki (Jpn) RT Nipponhodo                            4.18
23 Bakhtiyr Mamyrov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team               6.43
24 Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Shimano Racing
25 Florian Ludi (Swi) Team Jura Suisse                           6.50
26 Pawel Niedzwiecki (Pol) Mroz
27 Tetsuya Okada (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                   8.52
28 Guiseppe Ribolzi (Swi) Team Jura Suisse
29 Markus Ganser (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges
30 Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team            14.19
31 Kaoru Ouchi (Jpn) Shimano Racing                             15.06
32 Satoshi Hirose (Jpn) RT Nipponhodo                           15.57
33 Takumi Beppu (Jpn) RT Nipponhodo
34 Makoto Iijima (Jpn) Sumita-Ravanello-Pealizumi
35 Viktor Shestakov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team
36 Gene Bates (Aus) Australian National Team                    15.59
37 David Chassot (Swi) Team Jura Suisse                         16.59
38 Alexandr Dymovskikh (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team
39 Ikki Yoneyama (Jpn) Sumita-Ravanello-Pealizumi
40 Yusuke Takahashi (Jpn) Team Orbea Etxeondo
41 Kentaro Eshita (Jpn) Asian Ind. Racing
42 Teruo Iida (Jpn) Team Orbea Etxeondo                         17.59
43 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges
44 Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team
45 Axel Hauschke (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges                       18.59
46 Ah.Thiam Wong (Mas) Malaysia National Team
47 Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia National Team
48 Junichi Shibuya (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor
49 Yoshimasa Hirose (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor
50 Pawel Zugaj (Pol) Mroz                                       19.59
51 David Plas (Bel) RDM-Flanders
52 Jurgen Landrie (Bel) RDM-Flanders
53 Nico Indekeu (Bel) RDM-Flanders
54 Marco Engels (Bel) RDM-Flanders
55 Marcel Luppes (Ned) AXA-VVZ Professional Cycling Team
56 Edward Dunning (Ned) AXA-VVZ Professional Cycling Team
57 Danny Stam (Ned) AXA-VVZ Professional Cycling Team
58 Jan Hordijk (Ned) AXA-VVZ Professional Cycling Team
59 Tjarco Cuppens (Ned) Team Comnet-Senges
60 David Pell (Aus) Australian National Team
61 Ngai Ching Wong (Hkg) Hong Kong National Team
62 Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Shimano Racing
63 Shinji Suzuki (Jpn) Asian Ind. Racing
64 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) RT Nipponhodo
65 Takehiro Mizutani (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor
66 Tomokazu Fujino (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor
67 Taiji Tanaka (Jpn) Sumita-Ravanello-Pealizumi
68 Yasuki Uchiyama (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team
69 Hideto Yukinari (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team
70 Koichi Asano (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team
71 Jun Otsuka (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team
72 Nor.Effendy Rosli (Mas) Malaysia National Team               21.59
73 Adrian Laidler (Aus) Australian National Team                22.59
74 Peep Mikli (Est) AXA-VVZ Professional Cycling Team
75 Kazutaka Fukao (Jpn) Sumita-Ravanello-Pealizumi
76 Zbigniew Wyrzykowski (Pol) Mroz                           24.59.00
77 Stijn Vanstraelen (Bel) RDM-Flanders
78 King Nin Lau (Hkg) Hong Kong National Team
DNF Makoto Takeuchi (Jpn) Team Orbea Etxeondo                              -
 
General classification after stage 5
 
1 Simone Mori (Swi) Team Jura Suisse                         18.01.06
2 Oleksandr Klymenko (Ukr) Mroz                                  0.06
3 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) RDM-Flanders                           0.40
4 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor               1.06
5 Kam Po Wong (Hkg) Hong Kong National Team                      1.31
6 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                 1.41
7 Kazimierz Stafiej (Pol) Mroz                                   2.04
8 Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing                             2.23
9 Scott Davis (Aus) Australian National Team                     2.25
10 Wolfram Wiese (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges                        2.31
11 Kazuyuki Manabe (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team               2.35
12 Mateusz Mroz (Pol) Mroz                                       2.43
13 Pavel Nevdakh (Kaz) Team Orbea Etxeondo                       2.46
14 Hisafumi Imanishi (Jpn) Shimano Racing                        2.53
15 Kairat Baigudinov (Kaz) Team Orbea Etxeondo                   2.53
16 Koki Shimbo (Jpn) Asian Ind. Racing                           3.05
17 David Mcpartland (Aus) Australian National Team               4.07
18 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                  4.20
19 Hans-Jurgen Juretzek (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges                 4.57
20 Mitsuteru Tanaka (Jpn) Asian Ind. Racing                      5.21
21 Florian Ludi (Swi) Team Jura Suisse                           6.53
22 Kazuya Okazaki (Jpn) RT Nipponhodo                            8.09
23 Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Shimano Racing                              8.09
24 Tetsuya Okada (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                  10.09
25 Bakhtiyr Mamyrov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team              11.00
26 Markus Ganser (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges                       13.05
27 Michel Klinger (Swi) Team Jura Suisse                        14.56
28 Pawel Niedzwiecki (Pol) Mroz                                 17.17
29 Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team            19.41
30 Gene Bates (Aus) Australian National Team                    20.55
31 David Chassot (Swi) Team Jura Suisse                         21.01
32 Makoto Iijima (Jpn) Sumita-Ravanello-Pealizumi               22.06
33 Takehiro Mizutani (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor              23.49
34 Alexandr Dymovskikh (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team           27.34
35 Edward Dunning (Ned) AXA-VVZ Professional Cycling Team       28.16
36 Satoshi Hirose (Jpn) RT Nipponhodo                           29.23
37 Takumi Beppu (Jpn) RT Nipponhodo                             30.50
38 Hideto Yukinari (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team              31.09
39 Adrian Laidler (Aus) Australian National Team                31.38
40 Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team           32.41
41 David Plas (Bel) RDM-Flanders                                34.18
42 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges                       34.24
43 Zbigniew Wyrzykowski (Pol) Mroz                              34.28
44 Yusuke Takahashi (Jpn) Team Orbea Etxeondo                   34.49
45 Guiseppe Ribolzi (Swi) Team Jura Suisse                      34.52
46 Jurgen Landrie (Bel) RDM-Flanders                            36.45
47 Viktor Shestakov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team              39.19
48 Ikki Yoneyama (Jpn) Sumita-Ravanello-Pealizumi               41.45
49 Kaoru Ouchi (Jpn) Shimano Racing                             41.52
50 Nor.Effendy Rosli (Mas) Malaysia National Team               42.28
51 Axel Hauschke (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges                       44.29
52 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) RT Nipponhodo                            44.47
53 Junichi Shibuya (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                44.49
54 Kentaro Eshita (Jpn) Asian Ind. Racing                       45.51
55 Shinji Suzuki (Jpn) Asian Ind. Racing                        46.53
56 Yoshimasa Hirose (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor               46.57
57 Tomokazu Fujino (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                47.09
58 Yasuki Uchiyama (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team              47.12
59 Marco Engels (Bel) RDM-Flanders                              47.14
60 Tjarco Cuppens (Ned) Team Comnet-Senges                      47.34
61 Stijn Vanstraelen (Bel) RDM-Flanders                         47.37
62 Pawel Zugaj (Pol) Mroz                                       48.19
63 Taiji Tanaka (Jpn) Sumita-Ravanello-Pealizumi                48.31
64 Teruo Iida (Jpn) Team Orbea Etxeondo                         48.36
65 Nico Indekeu (Bel) RDM-Flanders                              48.52
66 Jan Hordijk (Ned) AXA-VVZ Professional Cycling Team          49.22
67 David Pell (Aus) Australian National Team                    51.06
68 Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Shimano Racing                      51.25
69 Marcel Luppes (Ned) AXA-VVZ Professional Cycling Team        51.30
70 Peep Mikli (Est) AXA-VVZ Professional Cycling Team           53.06
71 Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia National Team                  55.03
72 Koichi Asano (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team                 56.06
73 Jun Otsuka (Jpn) Miyata-Subaru Racing Team                   57.29
74 King Nin Lau (Hkg) Hong Kong National Team                   58.36
75 Ngai Ching Wong (Hkg) Hong Kong National Team              1.00.06
76 Ah.Thiam Wong (Mas) Malaysia National Team                 1.03.03
77 Danny Stam (Ned) AXA-VVZ Professional Cycling Team         1.06.37
78 Kazutaka Fukao (Jpn) Sumita-Ravanello-Pealizumi            1.15.22
 
Points classification
 
1 Oleksandr Klymenko (Ukr) Mroz                                     8 pts
2 Simone Mori (Swi) Team Jura Suisse                                8
3 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges                            6
4 Kam Po Wong (Hkg) Hong Kong National Team                         6
5 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) RDM-Flanders                              5
6 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                  5
7 Jan Hordijk (Ned) AXA-VVZ Professional Cycling Team               5
8 Mateusz Mroz (Pol) Mroz                                           4
9 Pawel Niedzwiecki (Pol) Mroz                                      4
10 Stijn Vanstraelen (Bel) RDM-Flanders                             4
11 Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing                               4
12 Makoto Iijima (Jpn) Sumita-Ravanello-Pealizumi                   3
13 Marcel Luppes (Ned) AXA-VVZ Professional Cycling Team            3
14 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                   2
15 Kazimierz Stafiej (Pol) Mroz                                     2
16 Gene Bates (Aus) Australian National Team                        2
17 Wolfram Wiese (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges                           1
18 Pavel Nevdakh (Kaz) Team Orbea Etxeondo                          1
19 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                     1
20 Florian Ludi (Swi) Team Jura Suisse                              1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Oleksandr Klymenko (Ukr) Mroz                                    19 pts
2 Kazimierz Stafiej (Pol) Mroz                                     12
3 Pawel Niedzwiecki (Pol) Mroz                                     11
4 Simone Mori (Swi) Team Jura Suisse                               10
5 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) RDM-Flanders                              5
6 Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing                                5
7 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                  3
8 Guiseppe Ribolzi (Swi) Team Jura Suisse                           2
9 Scott Davis (Aus) Australian National Team                        2
10 Koki Shimbo (Jpn) Asian Ind. Racing                              1
11 Gene Bates (Aus) Australian National Team                        1
12 Junichi Shibuya (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                    1
 
Sprints classification
 
1 Tjarco Cuppens (Ned) Team Comnet-Senges                          17 pts
2 Makoto Iijima (Jpn) Sumita-Ravanello-Pealizumi                    5
3 Takehiro Mizutani (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                   5
4 Junichi Shibuya (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor                     5
5 Mateusz Mroz (Pol) Mroz                                           4
6 Kazimierz Stafiej (Pol) Mroz                                      2
7 Adrian Laidler (Aus) Australian National Team                     2
8 Zbigniew Wyrzykowski (Pol) Mroz                                   2
9 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                    2
10 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                     1
11 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Comnet-Senges                           1
12 Kaoru Ouchi (Jpn) Shimano Racing                                 1
13 Pawel Zugaj (Pol) Mroz                                           1
 
Teams classification
 
1 Mroz                                                       54.06.58
2 Team Jura Suisse                                               8.44
3 Shimano Racing                                                 9.45
4 Kazakhstan                                                    13.20
5 Team Comnet-Senges                                            15.39
6 Australia                                                     22.50
7 Team Bridgestone-Anchor                                       30.24
8 Team Orbea Etxe-Ondo                                          33.40
9 Aisan-Ind.Racing                                              34.14
10 Miyata-Subaru Racing Team                                  1.02.45
11 Rt.Nippon Hodo                                             1.04.18
12 Rdm Flanders                                               1.07.06
13 Hong Kong                                                  1.45.02
14 Sumita Ravanello Pearlizumi                                1.48.42
15 Axa-Vvz                                                    1.57.02
16 Malaysia                                                   2.36.54