CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

The Saitama Criterium offers a star-studded line-up and a few innovations

Photo: Unipublic

ASO

NEWS

CHRIS FROOME

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
16.10.2015 @ 09:30 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

The 2015 edition of the Tour de France Saitama Critérium will offer a few innovations, with a program that will now feature an individual time-trial. In addition to the riders from the Tour de France and Japan’s best, the time-trial will be open to para-cycling riders and female cyclists…

 

SAITAMA ALSO WELCOMES THE LADIES…

Cycling is enjoyed by everyone in Japan. An extra opportunity to compete has been offered to female riders, who will have the privilege to take part in the individual time-trial, with seven of the top national level riders. The uninitiated, for example, will discover that Japan has its own Pauline Ferrand-Prévot in Ero Yonamine, who is both the Japanese female time-trial and mountain bike cross-country champion. But the local all-rounder will face stiff competition from long-term rival Hiromi Kaneko, who won the 2013 Japan Cup and the 2014 Tour of Okinawa. However, the Saitama public will be throwing their collective support behind local rider and high school student Yumena Hosoya, who is a rising star on the international level in the discipline.

 

SUPER ARENA: AN EVEN BIGGER SHOW!

Last year, the cyclists racing in the Tour de France Saitama Critérium had the rare opportunity to compete in both an indoor and outdoor event, with a 180 meter run through the Super Arena incorporated into the route. This time, the concept has been brought back with passages that will be run in the opposite direction. The grandstands will accommodate more spectators and create a real proximity to the riders. In an arena that has played host to Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and U2 in the past, the likes of Froome, Purito and the others are in for plenty of thrills…

 

PARA-CYCLISTS ARE ALSO PART OF THE ACTION

Among the innovations of the Tour de France Saitama Critérium, the time-trial has created an opportunity for para-cyclists to take part in the event. Before the riders of the Tour take center stage on the 3.1 km circuit in the city center, three world champions in different categories will be in action. Germany’s Hans Peter Durst, who won the Tricycle-MT2 world title last spring will be riding, while there will be a reunion of sorts in the MC3 category between Ireland’s Eoghan Clifford, who won the gold medal on the Apeldoorn track (Netherlands) and Japan’s Masaki Fujita, winner of the road race at the World Championships at Notwill (Switzerland).

 

ETIXX-QUICK STEP WILL BE THERE

A seventh European team of riders has just completed the field for the third edition of the Tour de France Saitama Critérium. The Etixx-Quick Step formation, winner of three stages on this year’s Tour de France, will head to Japan with Maxime Bouet as their team leader, accompanied by three very young world cycling hopefuls. Julien Vermote will represent the Belgian contingent with the very promising Yves Lampaert, who finished 7th on Paris-Roubaix and 6th on Paris-Tours this year. And Japanese fans will have another distinctive jersey to follow in the peloton with the participation of Petr Vakoc, who became the Czech Republic national champion this past June.

 

THE MAIN RIDERS

Team Sky: Froome (GB) ; Team Giant-Alpecin: Degenkolb, Geschke (Ger) ; Team Katusha: Rodriguez (Spa) ; AG2R La Mondiale: Bardet, Vuillermoz(Fra); Team Europcar: Arashiro (Jap) ; Trek Factory Racing: Beppu (Jap),Popovych (Ukr) ; Etixx Quick Step : Bouet (Fra)

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

Bycykling 101: Navigering i byens gader og cykelvenlige... 27.11.2023 @ 12:11The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

Francisco ANDUJAR SANCHEZ
44 years | today
Ramon Orlando Lopez ROGER
38 years | today
David CLARKE
45 years | today
Jonas HJORTH
31 years | today
Zhenghao FU
24 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com