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Mollema takes Japan Cup victory

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Bauke Mollema has the fastest kick

Bauke Mollema has the fastest kick
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Bauke Mollema sits on a teammate's wheel

Bauke Mollema sits on a teammate's wheel
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Riders flash past

Riders flash past
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The peloton comes through the finish

The peloton comes through the finish
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Riders on the start line

Riders on the start line
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Novo Nordisk riders at the start

Novo Nordisk riders at the start
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The finish straight

The finish straight
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Fabian Cancellara ready to get going

Fabian Cancellara ready to get going
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Novo Nordisk riders relax ahead of the start

Novo Nordisk riders relax ahead of the start
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The BMC team being presented on stage at sign on

The BMC team being presented on stage at sign on
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Japan Cup winner Bauke Mollema lifts his bike above his head on the podium

Japan Cup winner Bauke Mollema lifts his bike above his head on the podium
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The peloton thinned out on the selective course

The peloton thinned out on the selective course
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Trek on the front

Trek on the front
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Trek setting the pace on the front

Trek setting the pace on the front
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Lampre-Merida take things up

Lampre-Merida take things up
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The breakaway riders struggle on

The breakaway riders struggle on
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The peloton comes through

The peloton comes through
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The breakaway riders struggle on

The breakaway riders struggle on
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The course proves tough

The course proves tough
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The bunch comes up the climb

The bunch comes up the climb
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The bunch comes up the climb

The bunch comes up the climb
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Riders crest the climb

Riders crest the climb
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Riders crest the climb

Riders crest the climb
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The podium of Diego Ulissi, Bauke Mollema and Yukiya Arashiro salute the fans

The podium of Diego Ulissi, Bauke Mollema and Yukiya Arashiro salute the fans
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The podium of Diego Ulissi, Bauke Mollema and Yukiya Arashiro

The podium of Diego Ulissi, Bauke Mollema and Yukiya Arashiro
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Bauke Mollema raises his arms on the podium

Bauke Mollema raises his arms on the podium
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Bauke Mollema sits up and celebrates

Bauke Mollema sits up and celebrates
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Bauke Mollema (Trek) sits up and celebrates

Bauke Mollema (Trek) sits up and celebrates
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Bauke Mollema has the sprint in the bag

Bauke Mollema has the sprint in the bag
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BMC riders at the start

BMC riders at the start
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Novo Nordisk riders at the start

Novo Nordisk riders at the start
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Ben Swift at the start

Ben Swift at the start
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Fabian Cancellara proved to be a star attraction

Fabian Cancellara proved to be a star attraction
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Michael Schar at the start

Michael Schar at the start
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Mollema sits up and celebrates

Mollema sits up and celebrates
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Bauke Mollema wins the 2015 Japan Cup

Bauke Mollema wins the 2015 Japan Cup
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Gerts Floris comes over the line in fourth

Gerts Floris comes over the line in fourth
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Matej Mohoric lifts his bike above his head

Matej Mohoric lifts his bike above his head
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Yuki Arashiro collects his award

Yuki Arashiro collects his award
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Bauke Mollema takes a swig of the celebratory bubbly

Bauke Mollema takes a swig of the celebratory bubbly
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The podium riders spray the bubbly

The podium riders spray the bubbly
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Diego Ulissi on the podium

Diego Ulissi on the podium
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Bauke Mollema pulls on the winner's jersey

Bauke Mollema pulls on the winner's jersey
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Bauke Mollema celebrates on the podium

Bauke Mollema celebrates on the podium
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Sebastian Henao crosses the line in seventh

Sebastian Henao crosses the line in seventh
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Matej Mohorič crosses the line for sixth

Matej Mohorič crosses the line for sixth
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Crowds gather around the Team Sky car

Crowds gather around the Team Sky car
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Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing) brought the curtain down on his 2015 season in style on Sunday by taking victory at the Japan Cup road race. 

The Dutchman outpaced Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) and Yukiya Arashiro (Japan National Team) at the end of a selective 144.2-kilometre route, which was based on the 1990 World Championships course.

There were 14 laps of a 10.3-kilometre circuit, which featured the Kogashi Forest climb, and by the final lap there were less than 10 riders in the front group. On the final climb of Kogashi Forest, Mollema and Ulissi broke free along with Team Sky's Sebastian Henao, with Arashiro bridging across on the descent. The road began to ramp up again, though, to the finish line, and Mollema emerged strongest. 

"The race was hard, but the team did such a great job; the guys pulled hard all race to bring back the breakaway. I am happy that I could pay them back with a win, and also for all the fans. This is my first time in Japan, and I have to say that the fans are just unbelievable, just crazy for cycling, it was really nice to see. I have enjoyed being here a lot, and now with this win, and also yesterday with Fumy's [Beppu] win, it has been just a really great experience."

The result marks a nice end to Mollema's first season with Trek, in which he finished seventh at the Tour de France and won the Tour of Alberta. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing3:53:40
2Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
3Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
4Floris Gerfs (Ned) BMC Racing Team
5Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida0:00:11
6Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:16
7Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky0:00:22
8Benjamin Prades (Spa) Matrix Powertag0:00:44
9Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky0:01:22
10Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:01:54
11Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
12Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
13Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
14Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team
15Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
16Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Matrix Powertag
17Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
18Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
19Shu Ming Liu (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto
20Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:01:57
21Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:59
22Thomas Rabou (Ned) Attaque Team Gusto
23Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team0:02:03
24Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Team Ukyo0:02:12
25Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:45
26Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:06:58
27Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:07:06
28Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky
29Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team
30Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
31Takeaki Amezawa (Jpn) Nasu Blasen0:07:10
32Toshiki Omote (Jpn) Japan0:07:41
33Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Attaque Team Gusto
34Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team
35Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
36Eiichi Hirai (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:07:43
37Airan Fernandez Casasola (Spa) Matrix Powertag
38Damien Monier (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team
39Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:08:05
40Eric Sheppard (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:09:36
41Takero Terasaki (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team0:10:51
42Naoya Yoshioka (Jpn) Nasu Blasen
DNFTakaaki Hori (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
DNFYudai Arashiro (Jpn) Nasu Blasen
DNFNicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFYuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing
DNFTakeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
DNFAlberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
DNFSuguru Tokuda (Jpn) CCT p/b Champion System
DNFAndrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky
DNFHayato Yoshida (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
DNFYoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
DNFYukihiro Doi (Jpn) Team Ukyo
DNFChun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre-Merida
DNFKazuki Aoyanagi (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
DNFKota Sumiyoshi (Jpn) Team Ukyo
DNFEdward Ravasi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
DNFShotaro Iribe (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
DNFShao Hsuan Lu (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto
DNFHideto Nakane (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
DNFShinri Suzuki (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
DNFSaya Kuroeda (Jpn) Japan
DNFFabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
DNFDaiki Yasuhara (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing
DNFRyu Suzuki (Jpn) Nasu Blasen
DNFNathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
DNFJunya Sano (Jpn) Nasu Blasen
DNFThomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team
DNFDamiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini

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