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2022 Japan Cup Road Race (1.Pro)

29th edition: Sunday, October 16, 2022

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Sunday, October 16: Utsunomiya - Utsunomiya, Japan, 14 x 10.3 km laps = 144.2 km

Neilson Powless takes a solo win at the Japan Cup

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The race: Here’s the report from winner Neilson Powless’ Team EF Education EasyPost:

The penultimate race of the season and traditional denouement of the road-racing calendar – the Japan Cup – always delivers a spectacular race. The 14-kilometre circuit around Mount Kogashi in the outskirts of Utsunomiya favours the brave and the team executed their bold strategy to perfection.

“I think a tough race suited us well,” said Neilson Powless after the finish. “We have riders with really good depth. We came here with some strong one-day riders. James Shaw is a really strong one-day rider. He and Andrea Piccolo showed their strength today. First and second is a perfect race for us.”

Attacks were flying from the very first lap when a select group of riders went up the road. The break included the team’s own James Shaw, Neilson Powless and Andrea Piccolo. Between the three of them, they covered moves and kept their cool as their rivals tried their luck.

Neilson Powless waited until the penultimate time up Mount Kogashi to launch his attack. Crossing the start/finish line with a small gap, he kept stamping on the pedals, pushing his bike to its limits around the corners of the descent to go clear.

Andrea Piccolo, who is just in his third month with the team, put on a clinic of how to disrupt a chase and with Neilson solidly in front and the riders in his group struggling to make up any distance to the charging American, Andrea launched an attack of his own to secure the top two places on the podium for the team.

Hands held high in triumph, Neilson crossed the line ahead of a jubilant Andrea who took the time to celebrate his teammate’s victory as well. This is Neilson’s second victory of his career and wraps up another stellar year for the young American climber.

“I made a lot of progress this year but I was always missing a win,” says Powless. “I was really happy with the way I developed and the improvements I made, but as a bike rider, you really just want to win a bike race. So I'm just so happy that I could do it in Japan, at the last race of the year.”

It’s been a long road season and we are proud of the way the riders finished it off. Congrats to the entire team.

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Complete Results:

144.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.722 km/hr

1 Neilson Powless EF Education-EasyPost 3hr 37min 49sec
2 Andrea Piccolo EF Education-EasyPost @ 12sec
3 Benjamin Dyball Team UKYO 0:13
4 Hermann Pernsteiner Bahrain Victorious s.t.
5 Maxim Van Gils Lotto Soudal 0:17
6 Guillaume Martin Cofidis s.t.
7 Giulio Ciccone Trek-Segafredo 0:32
8 Thomas Lebas KINAN 0:34
9 Tim Wellens Lotto Soudal 1:32
10 Gotzon Martin Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
11 Yukiya Arashiro Bahrain Victorious s.t.
12 James Shaw EF Education-EasyPost 1:34
13 Simon Geschke Cofidis 3:08
14 Antwan Tolhoek Trek-Segafredo 5:15
15 Hayato Okamoto Aisan Racing 5:23
16 Axel Zingle Cofidis s.t.
17 Jeroen Meijers Terengganu Polygon s.t.
18 Luis Angel Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
19 Julien Bernard Trek-Segafredo s.t.
20 Masaki Yamamoto KINAN s.t.
21 Rei Onodera Utsunomiya Blitzen s.t.
22 Keito Nishio Nasu Blasen s.t.
23 Hideto Nakane EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
24 Kamil Malecki Lotto Soudal s.t.
25 Filip Maciejuk Bahrain Victorious s.t.
26 Yudai Arashiro KINAN s.t.
27 Nariyuki Masuda Utsunomiya Blitzen s.t.
28 David Lozano Novo Nordisk s.t.
29 Atsushi Oka EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
30 Marcos Garcia KINAN 5:28
31 François Bidard Cofidis 5:33
32 Takumi Yamada Japan 6:56
33 Sébastien Grignard Lotto Soudal 7:46
34 Johan Price-Pejtersen Bahrain Victorious s.t.
35 Anze Skok Ljubljana Gusto Santic 9:43
36 Tadaaki Nakai Shimano Racing s.t.
37 Yuzuru Suzuki Aisan Racing s.t.
38 Dylan Hopkins Ljubljana Gusto Santic 9:48
39 Kosuke Takeyama Team UKYO s.t.
40 Matthew Holmes Lotto Soudal s.t.
41 Takayuki Abe Utsunomiya Blitzen 10:47

 


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Start list with back numbers, October 15, 2022:

TREK-SEGAFREDO
1 CICCONE Giulio
2 BERNARD Julien
3 CATALDO Dario
4 MOSCA Jacopo
5 THEUNS Edward
6 TOLHOEK Antwan
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
11 ARASHIRO Yukiya
12 FENG Chun Kai
13 PERNSTEINER Hermann
14 PRICE-PEJTERSEN Johan
15 WILLIAMS Stephen
16 MACIEJUK Filip
COFIDIS
21 MARTIN Guillaume
22 BIDARD François
23 GESCHKE Simon
24 PERICHON Pierre-Luc
25 ZINGLE Axel
EF EDUCATION-EASYPOST
32 PICCOLO Andrea
33 NAKANE Hideto
34 POWLESS Neilson
35 SHAW James
37 OKA Atsushi
38 KADOTA Yusuke
LOTTO SOUDAL
51 CRAS Steff
52 GRIGNARD Sébastien
53 HOLMES Matthew
54 MALECKI Kamil
55 VAN GILS Maxim
56 WELLENS Tim
EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI
61 LOBATO Juan Jose
62 MARTIN Gotzon
63 CUADRADO Unai
64 AZURMENDI Ibai
65 MATÉ Luis Ángel
66 GOIKOETXEA Peio
NOVO NORDISK
71 BEADLE Hamish
72 BRAND Sam
73 PHIPPEN Logan
74 KUSZTOR Peter
75 LOZANO RIBA David
76 HENTTALA Joonas
LJUBLJANA GUSTO SANTIC
81 HOPKINS Dylan
82 JORDAN Adam
83 POTOCKI Viktor
84 SKOK Anze
85 KRALJ Fabijan
86 MACEK Matic
TERENGGANU POLYGON
91 MEIJERS Jeroen
92 GOH Choon Huat
93 HIBATULLAH Jamal
94 OTHMAN Afiq Huznie
95 LAKASEK Irwandie
96 HAMDAN Wan
TEAM UKYO
101 DYBALL Ben
102 TAKEYAMA Kosuke
104 UWANO Hayato
105 ONAKA Riku
UTSUNOMIYA BLITZEN
111 MASUDA Nariyuki
112 ABE Takayuki
113 HORI Takaaki
114 ONODERA Rei
115 NAKAMURA Kaito
116 MIYAZAKI Taishi
KINAN
121 LEBAS Thomas
122 GARCIA Marcos
123 YAMAMOTO Genki
124 ARASHIRO Yudai
125 YAMAMOTO Masaki
126 KARIYA Kazutoshi
SHIMANO RACING
131 MINATO Ryo
132 YOKOYAMA Kota
133 NAKAI Tadaaki
134 KAZAMA Shoma
135 AMANO Takeharu
136 SATO Takashi
AISAN RACING
141 WATANABE Shotaro
142 OKAMOTO Hayato
143 KUSABA Keigo
144 TOBARU Hayato
145 WATANABE Ayumu
146 SUZUKI Yuzuru
NASU BLASEN
151 TANI Junsei
152 NISHIO Hayato
153 KANEKO Daisuke
154 SATO Hiroshi
155 NISHIO Keito
156 TAKEMURA Taku
JAPAN
161 KANEKO Sohei
162 IWATA Seiya
163 KAYAMA Hiryu
164 TERADA Yoshiki
165 YAMADA Takumi
166 YAMAMOTO Tetsuo