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Cavendish wins Saitama Criterium

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Mark Cavendish celebrates victory ahead of Fumiyuku Beppu in the Saitama Criterium.

Mark Cavendish celebrates victory ahead of Fumiyuku Beppu in the Saitama Criterium.
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Marcel Kittel claims a points race win in Saitama.

Marcel Kittel claims a points race win in Saitama.
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Chris Froome, Warren Barguil and Fumiyuku Beppu in Saitama.

Chris Froome, Warren Barguil and Fumiyuku Beppu in Saitama.
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).
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Yukiya Arashiro.

Yukiya Arashiro.
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The crowds turned out in numbers for the 2017 Saitama Criterium.

The crowds turned out in numbers for the 2017 Saitama Criterium.
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Warren Barguil, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish chat on the start line in Saitama.

Warren Barguil, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish chat on the start line in Saitama.
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Chris Froome and Michael Schar (BMC) at the Saitama Criterium.

Chris Froome and Michael Schar (BMC) at the Saitama Criterium.
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Chris Froome at the Saitama Criterium.

Chris Froome at the Saitama Criterium.
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Marcel Kittel salutes the crowd before his sprint heat.

Marcel Kittel salutes the crowd before his sprint heat.
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Mark Cavendish approaches top speed in Saitama.

Mark Cavendish approaches top speed in Saitama.
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Marcel Kittel in full flight in Saitama.

Marcel Kittel in full flight in Saitama.
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Didi the Devil with some fans in Saitama.

Didi the Devil with some fans in Saitama.
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The stars of the Tour de France at the Saitama Criterium.

The stars of the Tour de France at the Saitama Criterium.
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Greg Van Avermaet, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish at the Saitama Criterium.

Greg Van Avermaet, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish at the Saitama Criterium.
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Mark Cavendish, Warren Barguil and Chris Froome at the 2017 Saitama Criterium.

Mark Cavendish, Warren Barguil and Chris Froome at the 2017 Saitama Criterium.
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Chris Froome follows Warren Barguil and Greg Van Avermaet in Saitama.

Chris Froome follows Warren Barguil and Greg Van Avermaet in Saitama.
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Kenny Elissonde leads Chris Froome (Sky).

Kenny Elissonde leads Chris Froome (Sky).
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Team Sky in Saitama team time trial action.

Team Sky in Saitama team time trial action.
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Quick-Step tackle the Saitama team time trial.

Quick-Step tackle the Saitama team time trial.
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Simon Geschke (Sunweb).

Simon Geschke (Sunweb).
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Bernhard Eisel leads Dimension Data in the team time trial.

Bernhard Eisel leads Dimension Data in the team time trial.
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky).

Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky).
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Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data).
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A Team Sky supporter in Japan.

A Team Sky supporter in Japan.
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Team Sky at the Saitama Criterium.

Team Sky at the Saitama Criterium.
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Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac).

Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac).
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Yukiya Arashiro (Bahrain-Merida).

Yukiya Arashiro (Bahrain-Merida).
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Fumiyuku Beppu (Trek-Segafredo).

Fumiyuku Beppu (Trek-Segafredo).
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Warren Barguil (Sunweb).

Warren Barguil (Sunweb).
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Fumiyuku Beppu (Trek-Segafredo).

Fumiyuku Beppu (Trek-Segafredo).
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Chris Froome.

Chris Froome.
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Chris Froome on duty in Saitama.

Chris Froome on duty in Saitama.
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Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step).

Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step).
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Warren Barguil wore the Tour de France polka dot jersey in Saitama.

Warren Barguil wore the Tour de France polka dot jersey in Saitama.
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Chris Froome in Saitama.

Chris Froome in Saitama.
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Greg Van Avermaet checks behind in Saitama.

Greg Van Avermaet checks behind in Saitama.
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Warren Barguil.

Warren Barguil.
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Mark Cavendish celebrates victory in Saitama.

Mark Cavendish celebrates victory in Saitama.
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Marcel Kittel claimed the sprint event.

Marcel Kittel claimed the sprint event.
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Mark Cavendish won the Saitama Criterium.

Mark Cavendish won the Saitama Criterium.
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Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors).

Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors).
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Chris Froome in action at the Saitama Criterium.

Chris Froome in action at the Saitama Criterium.
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Mark Cavendish beats Fumiyuku Beppu in Saitama.

Mark Cavendish beats Fumiyuku Beppu in Saitama.
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Mark Cavendish brings the curtain down on 2017 with a win in Saitama.

Mark Cavendish brings the curtain down on 2017 with a win in Saitama.
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The peloton in action at the Saitama Criterium.

The peloton in action at the Saitama Criterium.
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Mark Cavendish duels with Fumiyuku Beppu in Saitama.

Mark Cavendish duels with Fumiyuku Beppu in Saitama.
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Mark Cavendish edges Fumiyuku Beppu in Saitama.

Mark Cavendish edges Fumiyuku Beppu in Saitama.
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Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) after the 2017 Saitama Criterium.

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) after the 2017 Saitama Criterium.
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Mark Cavendish beat Fumiyuku Beppu and Yusuke Hatanaka to win the Saitama Criterium.

Mark Cavendish beat Fumiyuku Beppu and Yusuke Hatanaka to win the Saitama Criterium.
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) salutes the crowd in Saitama.

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) salutes the crowd in Saitama.
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The crowds turned out in Saitama to watch Chris Froome and the stars of the Tour de France peloton.

The crowds turned out in Saitama to watch Chris Froome and the stars of the Tour de France peloton.
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC).

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC).
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Mark Cavendish is greeted by fans at the Saitama Criterium.

Mark Cavendish is greeted by fans at the Saitama Criterium.
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Warren Barguil at the Saitama Criterium.

Warren Barguil at the Saitama Criterium.
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Chris Froome (Sky).

Chris Froome (Sky).
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Chris Froome and Sky launch their team time trial effort.

Chris Froome and Sky launch their team time trial effort.
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky).

Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky).
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Chris Froome (Sky).

Chris Froome (Sky).
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The 2017 Saitama Criterium was the fifth year of the event.

The 2017 Saitama Criterium was the fifth year of the event.
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Chris Froome in action in Saitama.

Chris Froome in action in Saitama.
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Chris Froome at the Saitama Criterium.

Chris Froome at the Saitama Criterium.
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Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) won the 2017 Saitama Criterium, outsprinting the Japanese duo of Fumiyuki Beppu (Tour de France Japan Team) and Yusuke Hatanaka (Team Ukyo).

Despite standing second on the all-time hierarchy of stage winners at the Tour de France, this was Cavendish's first appearance at the end-of-season event that sees a flavour of the Tour exported to the Asian market.

He was a hit with the local fans the previous day as he caught and cooked Unagi eels, and he was showcased once again as he won the bunch sprint after 19 laps of the 3.1km circuit in Saitama, north of Tokyo.

Like last week's Shanghai criterium, Saitama featured numerous breakaway attempts, again with a late move containing Chris Froome, Warren Barguil, and Rigoberto Uran. The powers that be, however, pulled it back together for a bunch sprint.

A bumper day of entertainment for the many local fans – who have taken this event to their hearts – included a sprint event and a team time trial. Marcel Kittel (QuickStep) won the sprint event, while Utsunomia Blitzen claimed the team time trial. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data1:25:07
2Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Tour de France Japan Team
3Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Team Ukyo
4Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb
5Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
6Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
7Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
8Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
9Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
10Hayato Okamoto (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
11Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team
12Rei Onodera (Jpn) Utsunomia Blitzen
13Shotaro Watanabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
14Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Bridgestone-Anchor
15Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors
16Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
17Kota Sumiyoshi (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
18Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
19Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Utsunomia Blitzen
20Atsushi Oka (Jpn) Utsunomia Blitzen
21Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb
22Ryu Suzuki (Jpn) Bridgestone-Anchor0:00:09
23Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Tour de France Japan Team
24Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
25Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data
26Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
27Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini
28Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky
29Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
30Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
31Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb
32Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
33Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky
34Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
35Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini
36Ryohei Komori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
37Michimasa Nakai (Jpn) Team Ukyo
38Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini
39Kosuke Takeyama (Jpn) Special Team Japan For Saitama
40Takayuki Abe (Jpn) Utsunomia Blitzen
41Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Bridgestone-Anchor
42Keisuke Kimaru (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
43Takahiro Koyama (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:00:17
44Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Team Ukyo
45Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:00:26
46Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac
47Yuya Akimura (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:00:34
48Marino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini0:02:12
49Daichi Tomio (Jpn) Special Team Japan For Saitama
50Kakeru Mizutani (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:02:40
51Jin Okubo (Jpn) Bridgestone-Anchor
DNFKohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Special Team Japan For Saitama
DNFSawada Toki (Jpn) Special Team Japan For Saitama
DNFYukinori Hishinuma (Jpn) Team Ukyo

Group A
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors
2Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Tour de France Japan Team
3Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Special Team Japan For Saitama
4Kakeru Mizutani (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team

Group B
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jin Okubo (Jpn) Bridgestone-Anchor
2Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
3Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Team Ukyo
4Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team

Group C
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
2Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Tour de France Japan Team
3Hayato Okamoto (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
4Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini

Group D
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
2Atsushi Oka (Jpn) Utsunomia Blitzen
3Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky

Final
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors
2Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
3Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
4Jin Okubo (Jpn) Bridgestone-Anchor

Team Time Trial
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Utsunomia Blitzen0:03:09
2Team Sunweb0:00:02
3BMC Racing Team0:00:05
4Dimension Data
5Bridgestone - Anchor0:00:07
6Aisan Racing Team0:00:10
7Team Sky0:00:13
8Team Ukyo0:00:16
9Special Team Japan For Saitama0:00:17
10Shimano Racing Team0:00:18
11Quick Step Floors0:00:21
12Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:22
13Cannondale - Drapac0:00:28

Women's Individual Time Trial
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Misuzu Shimoyama (Jpn)0:03:46
2Maria Fujita (Jpn)0:00:16
3Yuri Nakagawa (Jpn)0:00:18
4Yuka Matsui (Jpn)0:00:20

Paracycling Individual Time Trial
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Masaki Fujita (Jpn)0:03:36
2Shota Kawamoto (Jpn)0:00:25
3Keiko Noguchi (Jpn)0:00:34
4Naohiko Okumura (Jpn)0:00:48
5Kazuhiko Shimada (Jpn)0:00:59
6Miho Fujii (Jpn)0:01:15
7Kazuha Fukui (Jpn)0:02:14

Junior Men Individual Time Trial
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tetsuo Yamamoto (Jpn)0:03:24
2Shoi Matsuda (Jpn)0:00:01
3Shuichiro Shiojima (Jpn)0:00:16

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