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Rogers wins Japan Cup alone in the rain

Stephen Farrand

Australian takes his first win of the season

The 2013 Japan Cup podium: Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp), winner Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida)

The 2013 Japan Cup podium: Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp), winner Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida)

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Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) defied the rain to take a solo victory at the Japan Cup, ending his 2013 season with his first win of the year.

The veteran Australian was part of the decisive group that formed on the final lap of the hilly circuit race in Utsunomiya. He then got away with young British rider Josh Edmondson (Team Sky) before attacking again and riding solo to the finish. Using his time trial skills, Rogers continued to gain time all the way to the line.

Edmondson was eventually caught and finished tenth. New Zealand’s Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) was second at 44 seconds, beating Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) and Julian Arredondo (Nippo-De Rosa). The big-name riders finished in the peloton. Ivan Basso (Cannondale) was 14th at 2:59 and Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) was 23rd at 4:04.

“On the penultimate climb, Rory (Sutherland) and Evgeny (Petrov) did an amazing job narrowing down the front group to just seven or eight riders and soon I was alone with Edmundson,” Rogers explained.

“In the finale, I managed to so solo and was actually able to enjoy the final kilometers as the margin kept growing. A great way to win all thanks for the perfect set-up by teammates and a magnificent way to finish the season.”

On Saturday Steele Von Hoff won the Japan Cup Criterium, beating Bernhard Eisel (Team Sky) and Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) in the sprint.

Full Results

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# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4:25:00  
2 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:44  
3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
4 Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Team Nippo-De Rosa    
5 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling 0:00:50  
6 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:58  
7 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling    
8 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
9 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:01:05  
10 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:33  
11 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:02:30  
12 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:02:55  
13 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:02:59  
14 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
15 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:03:58  
16 Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
17 Tomoyuki Iino (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen    
18 Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Team Ukyo    
19 Ryoma Nonaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team    
20 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
21 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
22 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
23 Daniel Martin (Can) 0:04:04  
24 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
25 Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:04:36  
26 Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Amore & Vita 0:06:51  
27 Naoya Uchino (Jpn) 0:08:10  
28 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda 0:08:17  
29 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling    
30 Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
31 Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
32 Charles Bradley Huff (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
33 Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor 0:08:19  
34 Naoya Yoshioka (Jpn)    
35 Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team    
36 Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team 0:10:30  
37 Uri Martins (Mex) Amore & Vita 0:11:26  
38 Yuya Akimaru (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor 0:12:16  
39 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Team Nippo-De Rosa 0:12:36  
DNF Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack Leopard    
DNF George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack Leopard    
DNF Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Team Nippo-De Rosa    
DNF Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
DNF Antonio Cabello (Spa)    
DNF Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Team Ukyo    
DNF Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen    
DNF Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
DNF Fred Rodriguez (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
DNF Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team    
DNF Takero Terasaki (Jpn)    
DNF Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Team Ukyo    
DNF Luis Enrique Davila (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda    
DNF Masaru Fukuhara (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen    
DNF Eiichi Hirai (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Team Nippo-De Rosa    
DNF Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Takaaki Hori (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen    
DNF Makoto Nakamura (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen    
DNF Shotaro Iribe (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team    
DNF Takayuki Abe (Jpn) Team Ukyo    
DNF Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Team Nippo-De Rosa    
DNF Shiki Kuroeda (Jpn)    
DNF Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
DNF Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
DNF Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard    
DNF Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team    
DNF Mihkel Räim (Est) Amore & Vita    
DNF Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp    
DNF Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard    
DNF Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling    
DNF Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
DNF Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Antonio Di Battista (Ita) Amore & Vita