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Nishitani sprints to Japanese road title

The Japanese elite road national championships were run under sunny skies, despite the predicted heavy rains, with temperatures at 28 degrees. The elite men's race, held in Hiroshima Central Forest Park, was a well-fought battle with numerous attacks on the undulating and twisting course.

Taiji Nishitani of the Aisan Racing Team took the sprint ahead of a small bunch that included European-based professionals Takashi Miyazawa (Amica Chips), Yukiya Arashiro (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) and Yukihiro Doi (Skil-Shimano).

The men raced 16 laps of a 12.3km course for a 196.8km race.

Kanako Nishi won the women's road race.

Elite men
1Taiji Nishitani (Aisan Racing Team)5:22:42
2Takashi Miyazaw (Amica Chips - Knauf)0:00:01
3Hidenori Nodera (Shimano Racing Team)
4Yukiya Arashiro (BBox Bouygues Telecom)
5Shinri Suzuki (Shimano Racing Team)
6Yukihiro Doi (Skil-Shimano)0:00:03
7Makoto Iijima (Team Bridgestone Anchor)0:00:04
8Kazuyuki Manabe0:00:19
9Junya Sano0:00:55
10Ryohei Komori (Trek Livestrong)0:01:02
11Naoto Ise0:01:15
12Masaru Fukuhara (Team Bridgestone Anchor)0:01:53
13Yoshimitsu Hiro0:02:01
14Yoshimasa Hiros (Blitzen Utsunomiya Pro Racing)0:02:06
15Satoshi Hirose0:03:04
16Kenji Itami0:03:08
17Tomohiro Hayaka0:03:21
18Yasuharu Nakaji (Eqa - Meitan Hompo - Graphite Design)0:06:05
19Yoshiyuki Shimi (Blitzen Utsunomiya Pro Racing)0:07:06
20Yoshimitsu Tsuj (Matrix Powertag)0:08:19
21Makoto Nakamura (Matrix Powertag)0:09:16
22Tomoya Kano (Shimano Racing Team)
23Naoto Saita
24Shinichi Fukush (Eqa - Meitan Hompo - Graphite Design)0:09:17
25Jumpei Murakami
26Naoki Mukaigawa (Matrix Powertag)
27Yuzuru Suzuki (Shimano Racing Team)0:09:18
28Masakazu Ito
29Seiichi Koshino
30Kazuhiro Mori (Aisan Racing Team)0:09:36
31Jun Otsuka0:10:49
32Daisuke Hioki (Matrix Powertag)0:10:52
33Hiroyuki Seimiy
34Masafumi Yamane
35Masaki Hirabaya0:10:53
36Makoto Shimada0:12:33
37Toshihide Sato
38Yoshinori Iino (Shimano Racing Team)
39Masaaki Kikuchi (Eqa - Meitan Hompo - Graphite Design)0:12:34
40Shingo Shiraish
41Yosuke Hosoi
42Ryota Nishizono
43Yoshiaki Shimad (Team Bridgestone Anchor)0:12:35
44Takayuki Abe (Shimano Racing Team)0:12:49

Elite women
1Kanako Nishi2:35:14
2Akemi Morimoto
3Rie Enomoto
4Ayako Toyooka0:00:02
5Masami Mashimo0:00:07
6Mika Ogishima0:01:12
7Chisako Harigai0:02:10
8Erina Hoshikawa0:02:56
9Remi Inoue0:05:23
10Mayuko Hagiwara0:05:49
11Tsubasa Makise0:07:08

 

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