Kimonos, drums and food making - Saitama Criterium gallery

The 2016 season is over for most of the peloton but there are a few who have headed to Japan for one last hurrah at the Saitama Criterium. All four Tour de France jersey winners, Chris Froome, Peter Sagan, Adam Yates and Rafal Majka, have made the trip to the Far East as did Tour runner-up Romain Bardet and sprinter Marcel Kittel.

The Saitama criterium has been a fixture of the calendar since 2013, bringing some of the most successful riders of that year’s Tour de France for a day of exhibition racing.

The riders and media arrived in Japan earlier this week ahead of the main event on Saturday, October 29. With a day free, the riders have been taken on a short tour of the area, taking the opportunity to wear some traditional clothing, watch a performance from some local musicians and try their hands at a few activities too.

Flick through the gallery above to see what the riders got up to.

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