Basso wins Japan Cup

Italian beats Dan Martin in sprint

Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) won the Japan Cup after out-sprinting Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) in a spirited race in Utsunomiya.

The initial Liquigas tactic was to set up the sprint for Peter Sagan, and the squad was prominent in pegging back a determined break featuring Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) on the final two laps of the race.

With 20 kilometres to go, however, Dan Martin threw the cat among the pigeons by attacking fiercely on the main climb, with Basso, Rafal Majka (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) and Julian David Arredondo (Team Nippo) eventually bridging across.

The quartet collaborated smoothly thereafter and on the final lap it was clear that they would fight it out for the win. Martin again forced the pace the final time up the climb, and then attacked in the finale. Basso was smartly across to his wheel, however, and just edged the Irishman out in the sprint to claim victory as Liquigas leaves the professional peloton.

“It’s a win that I really wanted and it’s quite emotional,” Basso said. “The whole team wanted to honour this race for the significance it carried, it’s a sort of thanks to Liquigas for the passion they brought to cycling.”

For Basso himself, the Japan Cup carries a certain personal resonance. In 2008, he made his comeback from suspension at the Japan Cup, his first race in the colours of Liquigas. Basso was on the sidelines for 18 months after he admitted that he had “planned to blood dope” under the supervision of Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes.

“Coming back to Japan four years after my start with Liquigas and winning on their farewell to cycling is something special, I can’t explain it. We’re all very happy. The warmth of the people was fantastic and today is a festive day for everyone."

Full Results
1Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale4:01:58 
2Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp  
3Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
4Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Team Nippo  
5Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:00:46 
6Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:59 
7Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
8Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - Sharp0:01:38 
9Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:39 
10Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin - Sharp  
11Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
12Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
13Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
14Tomoyuki Iino (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen  
15Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech p/b C10  
16Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica GreenEdge  
17Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
18Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:01:41 
19Mark O'Brien (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
20Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
21Masaru Fukuhara (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen  
22Brian Vandborg (Den) Team Spidertech p/b C100:01:45 
23Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:06:03 
24Ryoma Nonaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
25Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly Cycling0:06:07 
26Alex Hagman (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling0:06:09 
27Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
28Ryan Roth (Can) Team Spidertech p/b C100:06:11 
29Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
30Nic Hamlton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling  
31Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:06:15 
32Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:09:09 
33Ryohei Komori (Jpn) Team Nippo  
34Ki Seok Lee (Kor) Korea0:10:08 
35Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen  
36Makoto Nakamura (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen  
37Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
38Takayuki Abe (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
39Michael Cupitt (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:12:44 
DNFWesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFPeter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFJonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
DNFKenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
DNFHayato Yoshida (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
DNFKenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
DNFKohei Uchima (Jpn) Team Nippo  
DNFKazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Matrix Powertag  
DNFSam Witmitz (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
DNFShinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team  
DNFJulian Dean (NZl) Orica GreenEdge  
DNFJunya Sano (Jpn) Team Nippo  
DNFMads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank  
DNFSteele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin - Sharp  
DNFRyan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech p/b C10  
DNFCharles Bradley Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling  
DNFHideto Nakane (Jpn) Team Nippo  
DNFKeisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan  
DNFYukihiro Doi (Jpn) Japan  
DNFJoon-Wo Kim (Kor) Korea  
DNFJuraj Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFThomas Scully (NZl) Garmin - Sharp  
DNFWataru Mutsumine (Jpn) Japan  
DNFSung-Ho Lee (Kor) Korea  
DNFLuke Ockerby (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
DNFLuke Davison (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
DNFSang-Hong Park (Kor) Korea  
DNFSang-Hong Park (Kor) Korea  
DNFDaniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  

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