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Matthews goes fastest in Japan opener

Australia’s Michael Matthews (Jayco-Skins) leads the Tour of Japan after winning the race’s opening 2.65 kilometre time trial. Matthews’ time over the Daisen Park stage was six seconds quicker than King Lok Cheung (Hong Kong China), while Kazujiro Mori (Aisan Racing Team) was the best of the local riders in third.

Matthews’ stage win comes a year after the teenager missed out on stage podiums in Japan on not one but three occasions. "Good to get on the podium here finally," said Matthews. "It was like big square basically. The back straight was probably the hardest point and we had a bit of a head wind but (it was) pretty flat and then a little kick up at the end, a little hill at the finish. It was quite hard."

Just missing out on the podium this time around was one of Matthews’ compatriots Darren Lapthorne. The Rapha Condor-Sharp rider finished in fourth place, with Italy’s Claudio Cucinotta splitting he and team-mate Zakkari Dempster in sixth.

Full Results
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins0:03:14
2King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:06
3Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:07
4Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:08
5Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:11
6Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:11
7Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:11
8Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:11
9Motoi Nara (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:11
10Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:11
11Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:13
12Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:13
13Richard Lang (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins0:00:13
14Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:13
15Junya Sano (Jpn) Team Nippo0:00:13
16Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:13
17Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins0:00:14
18Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:14
19Makoto Iijima (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:14
20Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:14
21Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:15
22Marco Cattaneo (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:15
23Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:15
24Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:16
25Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:16
26Phuchong Sai-Udomsin (Tha) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:16
27Claudio Corioni (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:16
28Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:16
29Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:00:16
30Naoki Mukaigawa (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:16
31Samel Witmitz (Aus) Letua Cycling Team0:00:17
32Cristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:17
33Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:18
34Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:18
35Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:00:18
36Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins0:00:18
37Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:00:18
38Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Nippo0:00:19
39Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:19
40Ji Wen Low (Sin) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:19
41En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:00:19
42Yoshinori Iino (Jpn) Shimano Racing
43Shimpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:20
44Hikaru Kosaka (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:20
45Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:00:20
46Sergio Lagana (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:20
47Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:20
48Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:00:20
49Yeonguk Kim (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:20
50Akira Kodan (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:20
51Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Team Nippo0:00:20
52Fabio Negri (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:20
53Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports0:00:21
54Keisuke Kamata (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:21
55Takahiro Yamashita (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:21
56Vincenzo Garofalo (Ita) Team Nippo0:00:22
57Masaru Fukuhara (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:22
58Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Team Nippo0:00:22
59Kensyo Sawada (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:22
60Yoshiyuki Abe (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:22
61Shunsuke Horiuchi (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:22
62Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:23
63Ikki Yoneyama (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:23
64Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:23
65Nozomu Kimori (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:24
66James Ibrahim (Aus) Letua Cycling Team0:00:24
67Yoshimitsu Tsuji (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:24
68Yong Li Ng (Mas) Letua Cycling Team0:00:24
69Shota Tsujimoto (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:24
70Makoto Nakamura (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:24
71Hidenori Nodera (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:00:24
72Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports
73Sergey Kuzmin (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:24
74Akira Kakinuma (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:25
75Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:25
76Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:25
77Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:25
78Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Team Nippo0:00:26
79Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports0:00:26
80Mohd Razif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Letua Cycling Team0:00:26
81Tomoya Kanoh (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:26
82Shota Saito (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
83Kazuyuki Manabe (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:27
84Takayuki Naganuma (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:27
85Peng Fei Qi (Chn) Max Success Sports0:00:27
86Hafiz Rozli Mohd (Mas) Letua Cycling Team0:00:27
87Tatsuhiro Hashimoto (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:27
88Tomoyuki Iino (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:29
89Kin San Wu (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:30
90Adrian Wye Kit Chuah (Mas) Letua Cycling Team0:00:32
91Masaki Takahashi (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:33
92Masaki Wakumoto (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:39
93Yoshinori Suzuki (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:40
94Taichi Togao (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:41

Points
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins10pts
2King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong China9
3Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team8
4Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp7
5Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic6
6Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp5
7Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Kazakhstan4
8Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia3
9Motoi Nara (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia2
10Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong China1

Teams
1Team Jayco -Skins0:10:08
2Rapha Condor -Sharp0:00:05
3Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:08
4Aisan Racing Team0:00:10
5Hong Kong China Team0:00:14
6Kazakhstan National Team0:00:15
7De Rosa -Stac Plastic0:00:16
8Bridgestone Anchor
9Shimano Racing0:00:26
10Team Nippo
11Max Success Sports0:00:33
12Matrix Powertag
13Letua Cycling Team0:00:38
14Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello
15Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:40
16University All Japan0:00:42

General Classification after stage 1
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins0:03:14
2King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:06
3Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:07
4Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:08
5Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:11
6Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp
7Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
8Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
9Motoi Nara (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
10Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong China
11Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:12
12Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp
13Richard Lang (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins
14Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:13
15Junya Sano (Jpn) Team Nippo
16Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp
17Nick Aitken (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins0:00:14
18Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
19Makoto Iijima (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
20Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
21Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
22Marco Cattaneo (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic0:00:15
23Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp
24Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
25Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp
26Phuchong Sai-Udomsin (Tha) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:16
27Claudio Corioni (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
28Mitsuhiro Matsumura (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
29Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Shimano Racing
30Naoki Mukaigawa (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
31Samel Witmitz (Aus) Letua Cycling Team0:00:17
32Cristiano Salerno (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
33Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
34Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan
35Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:00:18
36Patrick Lane (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins
37Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing
38Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Nippo0:00:19
39Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
40Ji Wen Low (Sin) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
41En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports
42Yoshinori Iino (Jpn) Shimano Racing
43Shimpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
44Hikaru Kosaka (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
45Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:00:20
46Sergio Lagana (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
47Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan
48Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing
49Yeonguk Kim (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
50Akira Kodan (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello
51Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Team Nippo
52Fabio Negri (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic
53Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports
54Keisuke Kamata (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:21
55Takahiro Yamashita (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
56Vincenzo Garofalo (Ita) Team Nippo
57Masaru Fukuhara (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:22
58Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Team Nippo
59Kensyo Sawada (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
60Yoshiyuki Abe (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
61Shunsuke Horiuchi (Jpn) University All Japan
62Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:23
63Ikki Yoneyama (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello
64Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) University All Japan
65Nozomu Kimori (Jpn) University All Japan
66James Ibrahim (Aus) Letua Cycling Team
67Yoshimitsu Tsuji (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
68Yong Li Ng (Mas) Letua Cycling Team0:00:24
69Shota Tsujimoto (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello
70Makoto Nakamura (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
71Hidenori Nodera (Jpn) Shimano Racing
72Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports
73Sergey Kuzmin (Kaz) Kazakhstan
74Akira Kakinuma (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:25
75Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong China
76Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
77Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong China
78Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Team Nippo
79Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports0:00:26
80Mohd Razif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Letua Cycling Team
81Tomoya Kanoh (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
82Shota Saito (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
83Kazuyuki Manabe (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
84Takayuki Naganuma (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:27
85Peng Fei Qi (Chn) Max Success Sports
86Hafiz Rozli Mohd (Mas) Letua Cycling Team
87Tatsuhiro Hashimoto (Jpn) University All Japan
88Tomoyuki Iino (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:29
89Kin San Wu (HKg) Hong Kong China0:00:30
90Adrian Wye Kit Chuah (Mas) Letua Cycling Team0:00:32
91Masaki Takahashi (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:33
92Masaki Wakumoto (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:38
93Yoshinori Suzuki (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:40
94Taichi Togao (Jpn) Pearl Izumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:41

Points Classification
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Jayco - Skins10pts
2King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong China9
3Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team8
4Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp7
5Claudio Cucinotta (Ita) De Rosa - Stac Plastic6
6Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp5
7Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Kazakhstan4
8Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia3
9Motoi Nara (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia2
10Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong China1

Teams Classification
1Team Jayco -Skins0:10:08
2Rapha Condor -Sharp0:00:05
3Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:00:08
4Aisan Racing Team0:00:10
5Hong Kong China Team0:00:14
6Kazakhstan National Team0:00:15
7De Rosa -Stac Plastic0:00:16
8Bridgestone Anchor
9Shimano Racing0:00:26
10Team Nippo
11Max Success Sports0:00:33
12Matrix Powertag
13Letua Cycling Team0:00:38
14Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello
15Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:40
16University All Japan0:00:42

 

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