Meniki concludes good season with win in Japan Cup

Rochelle GilmorePhoto: © Menikini Gysko

Rochelle GilmorePhoto: © Menikini Gysko

On Saturday Menikini-Selle Italia-Gysko celebrated another triumph to conclude a successful 2007 season. Miho Oki won the Japan Cup, held on the same roads where the World Championships took place in 1990. Back then Frenchwoman Catherine Marsal won the road race. In addition to this Oki is the reigning Japanese champion in both time trial and road race.

Fabiana Luperini and Australian Rochelle Gilmore, also a Cyclingnews diarist, were the most successful riders on the team, with four wins each. Luperini won the World Cup race in Montreal, two stages of the Tour de l'Ardeche and a stage in the Tour de l'Aude.

Gilmore took one stage in the Route de France, the Grand Prix Bitburger in Germany, a stage in the Tri-Peak Challenge and a criterium of the Herald Sun Tour.

Dorthe Rasmussen won as many races as Oki, namely three. Rasmussen took the GP Papà Cervi Gattatico and two stages in the Route de France. The results were completed with one win from Sigrid Corneo, who won a stage in the Tour du Limousin.

Marina Romoli also won four races, with some of the victories coming in the U23/juniors category, including the Gare di Cittiglio, Osimo and a stage in Tirreno – Adriatico. Her fourth success was in the elite race of Roncolevà.

In addition to success on the road there were also a couple of track victories to celebrate, with Gilmore taking the scratch race in the Giro Italia Piste San Francesco, in Italy. Eneritz Iturriaga became Spanish champion in the points race

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