Mollema takes Japan Cup victory

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing3:53:40
2Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 2 - Cell 2
4Floris Gerfs (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Matrix PowertagRow 15 - Cell 2
17Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Utsunomiya BlitzenRow 16 - Cell 2
18Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Shu Ming Liu (Tpe) Attaque Team GustoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:01:57
21Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:59
22Thomas Rabou (Ned) Attaque Team GustoRow 21 - Cell 2
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 SkyRow 27 - Cell 2
29Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 29 - Cell 2
31Takeaki Amezawa (Jpn) Nasu Blasen0:07:10
32Toshiki Omote (Jpn) Japan0:07:41
33Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Attaque Team GustoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo NordiskRow 34 - Cell 2
36Eiichi Hirai (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:07:43
37Airan Fernandez Casasola (Spa) Matrix PowertagRow 36 - Cell 2
38Damien Monier (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
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 BlasenRow 41 - Cell 2
DNFTakaaki Hori (Jpn) Utsunomiya BlitzenRow 42 - Cell 2
DNFYudai Arashiro (Jpn) Nasu BlasenRow 43 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 44 - Cell 2
DNFYuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Utsunomiya BlitzenRow 45 - Cell 2
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory RacingRow 46 - Cell 2
DNFTakeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
DNFAlberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
DNFSuguru Tokuda (Jpn) CCT p/b Champion SystemRow 49 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 50 - Cell 2
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) Team SkyRow 51 - Cell 2
DNFHayato Yoshida (Jpn) Matrix PowertagRow 52 - Cell 2
DNFYoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
DNFYukihiro Doi (Jpn) Team UkyoRow 54 - Cell 2
DNFChun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre-MeridaRow 55 - Cell 2
DNFKazuki Aoyanagi (Jpn) Utsunomiya BlitzenRow 56 - Cell 2
DNFKota Sumiyoshi (Jpn) Team UkyoRow 57 - Cell 2
DNFEdward Ravasi (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 58 - Cell 2
DNFShotaro Iribe (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
DNFShao Hsuan Lu (Tpe) Attaque Team GustoRow 60 - Cell 2
DNFHideto Nakane (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
DNFShinri Suzuki (Jpn) Utsunomiya BlitzenRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFSaya Kuroeda (Jpn) JapanRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFFabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFDaiki Yasuhara (Jpn) Matrix PowertagRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFYaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory RacingRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFRyu Suzuki (Jpn) Nasu BlasenRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFNathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFJunya Sano (Jpn) Nasu BlasenRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFDamiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini FantiniRow 72 - Cell 2

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