Power wins Japan Cup

Mitchelton-Scott rider beats Tolhoek in two-up sprint

Rob Power ended his tenure with Mitchelton-Scott on a high note delivering them victory in the Japan Cup. Power, who is set to move to Team Sunweb next season, beat fellow breakaway rider Antwan Tolhoek (LottoNL-Jumbo) in a two-up sprint to the line.

Matti Breschel (EF Education First-Drapac) took the final spot on the podium after beating Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) from the chase group 40 seconds behind.

Power had got away as part of a six-man move in the final 20 kilometres of the race, before attacking on the final climb and taking Tolhoek with him. The duo built up a commanding lead over the rest of their escape group and it came down to the Australian and the Dutchman to fight for victory. In the end, Power lived up to his name and pushed clear of Tolhoek as they sprinted for the line.

“The whole team rode really well today, and it was nice to be back racing in Japan. I really enjoyed this race two years ago, so to come back here and win is great,” said Power. “It’s a special win because it’s my last race in Mitchelton-Scott colours and I really wanted to come here and do my best to say thank you for the last few years.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time with the team and I am pleased we were able to get a result here and close out the season in such a positive way.”

The 28th edition of the Japan Cup was raced under sunny skies. The peloton faced 14 laps of a 10.3-kilometre course around the beautifully picturesque Utsunomiya Forest. The loop contained a climb that came very soon after the start line and was followed by a fast and twisting descent.

An early move of three riders contained Marcos García (Kinan cycling team), Oscar Pujol (Team Ukyo) and Koen Bowman (Netherlands, LottoNL-Jumbo). In a peloton that contained several strong climbers, the three were not given much rope by the peloton. They built up a maximum of 1:30 over the peloton before Bouwman decided to try and go it alone with three laps remaining.

Behind, his teammate Robert Gesink drove a hard pace and the younger LottoNL-Jumbo rider was reeled back in. With Bouwman brought back in, a string of attacks came before the key six-man group eventually made it clear on the penultimate lap. It soon became five with Gesink losing touch. Tolhoek, Power, Roche, Breschel and Ivan Santaromita (Nippo-Vini Fantini) led affairs with Gesink and Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) trying to chase them down.

The group worked well together until Power saw his opportunity on the final climb with only Tolhoek able to keep up with him. The pair had 40 seconds on their chasers as they duked it out for the victory with Power taking the spoils.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rob Power (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott3:44:00 
2Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo  
3Matti Breschel (Den) Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale0:00:40 
4Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team  
5Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini0:00:42 
6Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini0:02:02 
7Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo0:02:07 
8Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott0:02:26 
9Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek - Segafredo  
10Robbie Hucker (Aus) Team Ukyo  
11Tadej Pogacar (Slo) Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum  
12Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
13Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek - Segafredo  
14Benjami Prades Reverter (Spa) Team Ukyo  
15Freddy Ovett (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy - Ride Sunshine Coast  
16Takeaki Amezawa (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen  
17Masahiro Ishigami (Jpn) Japan  
18Thomas Lebas (Fra) Kinan Cycling Team  
19Salvador Guardiola (Spa) Kinan Cycling Team  
20Daan Olivier (Ned) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo  
21Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team  
22Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini0:02:31 
23Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:02:34 
24Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott0:02:43 
25Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo0:04:50 
26Atsushi Oka (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:05:03 
27Ryu Suzuki (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:05:09 
28Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Cycling  
29Shoi Matsuda (Jpn) Japan  
30Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
31Shotaro Iribe (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
32Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
33Metkel Eyob (Eri) Terengganu Cycling Team  
34Ryo Minato (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
35Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
36Masaki Yamamoto (Jpn) Kinan Cycling Team  
37David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk  
38JoseVicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Matrix Powertag  
39Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Kinan Cycling Team  
40Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
41Michael Potter (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy - Ride Sunshine Coast  
42Sarawut Sirironnachai (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team0:05:15 
43John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek - Segafredo0:05:23 
44Marco Tizza (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
45Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo  
46Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale  
47Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
48Ayumu Watanabe (Jpn) Japan0:08:16 
49Keigo Kusaba (Jpn) Japan0:08:20 
50Takuya Nakata (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:08:22 
51Daiki Yasuhara (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:08:24 
52Ariya Phounsavath (Lao) Thailand Continental Cycling Team0:08:42 
53Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk  
54Phuchong Saiudomsin (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team  
55Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac EF p/b Cannondale Holistic Development Team  
56Kosuke Takeyama (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
57Maral-Erdene Batmunkh (Mgl) Terengganu Cycling Team  
58Luca Raggio (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
59Alberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
60Marcos Garcia Fernandez (Spa) Kinan Cycling Team  
61Yudai Arashiro (Jpn) Kinan Cycling Team  
62Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek - Segafredo  
63Masayuki Shibata (Jpn) Nasu Blasen0:09:08 
64Kota Yokoyama (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
65Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Terengganu Cycling Team0:11:54 
66Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
67Keisuke Kimura (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
68Toby Orchard (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy - Ride Sunshine Coast  
69Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
DNFYuki Ishihara (Jpn) Japan  
DNFLaurent Didier (Lux) Trek - Segafredo  
DNFŽiga Rucigaj (Slo) Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum  
DNFDaiki Magosaki (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Cycling  
DNFMohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
DNFMathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton - Scott  
DNFPeerapol Chawchiangkwang (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team  
DNFTakahito Kishi (Jpn) Nasu Blasen  
DNFChoon Huat Goh (Sin) Terengganu Cycling Team  
DNFRei Onodera (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen  
DNFLogan Owen (USA) Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale  
DNFJosé Fernandes Neves (Por) W52/Fc Porto  
DNFBrendan Canty (Aus) Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale  
DNFJin Okubo (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Cycling  
DNFSam Welsford (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy - Ride Sunshine Coast  
DNFOscar Pujol Muñoz (Spa) Team Ukyo  
DNFŽiga Jerman (Slo) Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum  
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFEugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek - Segafredo  
DNFFilippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
DNFLars Boom (Ned) Team Lotto NL - Jumbo  
DNFAiran Fernandez Casasola (Spa) Matrix Powertag  
DNFYuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen  
DNFJonathon Noble (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy - Ride Sunshine Coast  
DNFBrayan Chaves Rubio (Col) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange  
DNFJunya Sano (Jpn) Matrix Powertag  
DNFYuto Yoshida (Jpn) Nasu Blasen  
DNFNaoki Mukaigawa (Jpn) Matrix Powertag  
DNFNavuti Liphongyu (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team  
DNFYasumasa Oka (Jpn) 7 Eleven - Cliqq Roadbike Philippines  
DNFDaisuke Kaneko (Jpn) 7 Eleven - Cliqq Roadbike Philippines  
DNFManabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Cycling  
DNFMasaki Shimojima (Jpn) Nasu Blasen  
DNFTakaaki Higuchi (Jpn) Nasu Blasen  
DNFChristopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFViktor Potocki (Cro) Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum  
DNFAlexander Evans (Aus) Mobius Bridgelane  
DNFMark John Lexer Galedo (Phi) 7 Eleven - Cliqq Roadbike Philippines  
DNFAshley Mackay (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy - Ride Sunshine Coast  
DNFAtsuya Nagayoshi (Jpn) Nasu Blasen  
DNFCameron Scott (Aus) Australian Cycling Academy - Ride Sunshine Coast  
DNFSaya Kuroeda (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
DNFKakeru Omae (Jpn) Japan  
DNFHiroaki Harada (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Cycling  
DNFIrwandie Lakasek (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
DNFThurakit Boonratanathanakorn (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team  
DNFDaniel Ven Cariño (Phi) 7 Eleven - Cliqq Roadbike Philippines  
DNFBonjoe Martin (Phi) 7 Eleven - Cliqq Roadbike Philippines  
DNFSimon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
DNFTimothy Guy (Aus) Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum  
DNFEugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
DNFDominic Perez (Phi) 7 Eleven - Cliqq Roadbike Philippines  
DNFUmberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNSSvein Tuft (Can) Mitchelton - Scott  


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