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William Clarke wins Tour of Japan prologue

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Two Australian riders from Champion System finished 1-2 in the Tour of Japan prologue

Two Australian riders from Champion System finished 1-2 in the Tour of Japan prologue
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Cameron Wurf (Champion System) finished in second place

Cameron Wurf (Champion System) finished in second place
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Campbell Flakemore (Genesys Wealth Advisers) placed ninth

Campbell Flakemore (Genesys Wealth Advisers) placed ninth
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Cheung King Lok (Hong Kong Team) placed third

Cheung King Lok (Hong Kong Team) placed third
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Nishitani Taiji (Aisan Racing) placed fourth, highest placed amongst Japanese riders

Nishitani Taiji (Aisan Racing) placed fourth, highest placed amongst Japanese riders
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Maximilliano Richeze finished sixth place, one place behind his young brother Mauro

Maximilliano Richeze finished sixth place, one place behind his young brother Mauro
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Anthony Giacoppo (Genesys Wealth Advisers) placed eighth

Anthony Giacoppo (Genesys Wealth Advisers) placed eighth
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Nathan Earle (Genesys Wealth Advisers) placed seventh

Nathan Earle (Genesys Wealth Advisers) placed seventh
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The UCI Asia Tour leader Wong Kam Po (Hong Kong Team) in action

The UCI Asia Tour leader Wong Kam Po (Hong Kong Team) in action
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Mauro Richeze (Team Nippo) placed fifth

Mauro Richeze (Team Nippo) placed fifth
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William Clarke (Champion System) is the first leader of the 2012 Tour of Japan

William Clarke (Champion System) is the first leader of the 2012 Tour of Japan
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William Clarke (Champion System) leads the points classification

William Clarke (Champion System) leads the points classification
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Prologue winner William Clarke (Champion System) on the podium

Prologue winner William Clarke (Champion System) on the podium
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William Clarke (Champion System) set the fastest time to win the Tour of Japan prologue

William Clarke (Champion System) set the fastest time to win the Tour of Japan prologue
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William Clarke (Champion System) in the general classification leader's green jersey

William Clarke (Champion System) in the general classification leader's green jersey
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Full Results
1William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:03:19.31
2Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:01.59
3King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:00:02.34
4Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:02.36
5Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) Team Nippo0:00:03.98
6Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Team Nippo0:00:05.30
7Nathan Earle (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:06.55
8Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:06.58
9Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:06.63
10Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Team Nippo0:00:08.82
11Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team0:00:09.79
12Muhamad Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:09.87
13Mariusz Wiesiak (Pol) Matrix Powertag0:00:10.34
14Ryoma Nonaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:00:10.68
15Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:10.85
16Shimpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:11.22
17Yoshiaki Shimada (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:00:11.27
18Masanari Komuro (Jpn) Cannondale Spacezeropoint0:00:11.31
19King Wai Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong Team
20Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Cannondale Spacezeropoint0:00:11.50
21Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:11.51
22Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:00:11.69
23Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:11.72
24Junya Sano (Jpn) Team Nippo0:00:11.77
25Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team0:00:11.84
26Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:12.10
27Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:12.22
28Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Team Nippo0:00:12.39
29Maksym Averin (Ukr) Amore & Vita0:00:13.07
30Yovcho Yovchev (Bul) Amore & Vita0:00:13.09
31Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:13.70
32Ying Hon Ronald Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:00:13.96
33Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:14.00
34Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:14.08
35Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:14.19
36Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:00:14.21
37Makoto Nakamura (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:15.14
38Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:00:15.17
39Yoshimitsu Tsuji (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:00:15.26
40Marino Palandri (Ita) Amore & Vita0:00:15.28
41Shotaro Iribe (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:00:15.32
42Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:15.38
43Yoshimasa Hirose (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:15.39
44Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:00:15.85
45Kyle Marwood (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:16.11
46Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:16.15
47Yuta Takada (Jpn) Cannondale Spacezeropoint0:00:16.22
48Masaru Fukuhara (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:16.49
49Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
50Shota Saito (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:00:16.56
51Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:16.76
52Nozomu Kimori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:16.78
53Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:16.96
54Yuya Komaki (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:17.02
55Ryosuke Uemura (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:17.35
56Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:00:17.65
57Tomoyuki Iino (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:17.84
58Jonathan Lovelock (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:17.85
59Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:17.86
60Masahiko Yasui (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:17.94
61Keisuke Kimura (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:18.16
62Takahiro Yamashita (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
63Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:00:18.26
64Tomonori Sato (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:00:18.99
65Blaise Sonnery (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:19.47
66Daiki Yasuhara (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:19.51
67Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:00:19.59
68Sekiho Endo (Jpn) Cannondale Spacezeropoint0:00:20.15
69Sota Ikebe (Jpn) Matrix Powertag0:00:20.45
70Nur Amirull Fakhruddin Mazuki (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:00:20.99
71Jin Okubo (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:21.01
72Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita0:00:21.04
73Kohki Ohnaka (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:21.21
74Mohd Saiful Anuar Aziz (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:00:21.38
75Sea Keong Loh (Mas) OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team0:00:21.99
76Viesturs Luksevics (Lat) Amore & Vita0:00:22.33
77Patrik Moren (Swe) Amore & Vita0:00:22.58
78Ryosuke Takatsuka (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:22.68
79Katsuma Fujioka (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:22.86
80Shiki Kuroeda (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:23.66
81Ji Wen Low (Sin) OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team0:00:24.27
82Kosuke Harakawa (Jpn) Cannondale Spacezeropoint0:00:24.75
83Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:00:24.83
84Shun Yamamoto (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:26.27
85Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:00:28.43
86Ahmad Haidar Anuawar (Mas) OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team0:00:29.48
87Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:00:29.90
88Choon Huat Goh (Sin) OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team0:00:31.83
89Taichi Togao (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:33.24
90Motonari Suzuki (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:39.51
91Yasumasa Oka (Jpn) Cannondale Spacezeropoint0:01:30.33
92Darren Low (Sin) OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team0:03:13.17
93Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Team Nippo0:03:27.92

Points
1William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team10pts
2Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team9
3King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong Team8
4Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team7
5Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) Team Nippo6
6Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Team Nippo5
7Nathan Earle (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers4
8Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers3
9Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers2
10Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Team Nippo1

Teams
1Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:10:08
2Team Nippo0:00:07
3Genesys Wealth Advisers
4Hong Kong Team0:00:14
5Aisan Racing Team
6Bridgestone Anchor0:00:25
7Cannondale Spacezeropoint0:00:27
8Shimano Racing Team0:00:28
9Terengganu Cycling Team
10Amore & Vita0:00:30
11Team Ukyo0:00:31
12Utsunomiya Blitzen
13Matrix Powertag0:00:34
14University All Japan0:00:42
15Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:49
16OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team0:01:04

General classification after prologue
1William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:03:19
2Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:01
3King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:00:02
4Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
5Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) Team Nippo0:00:04
6Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Team Nippo0:00:05
7Nathan Earle (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:06
8Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers
9Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers
10Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Team Nippo0:00:09
11Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team0:00:10
12Muhamad Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
13Mariusz Wiesiak (Pol) Matrix Powertag
14Ryoma Nonaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
15Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:11
16Shimpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
17Yoshiaki Shimada (Jpn) Team Ukyo
18Masanari Komuro (Jpn) Cannondale Spacezeropoint
19King Wai Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong Team
20Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Cannondale Spacezeropoint
21Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
22Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:00:12
23Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers
24Junya Sano (Jpn) Team Nippo
25Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team
26Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
27Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
28Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Team Nippo
29Maksym Averin (Ukr) Amore & Vita0:00:13
30Yovcho Yovchev (Bul) Amore & Vita
31Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:14
32Ying Hon Ronald Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team
33Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
34Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
35Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
36Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
37Makoto Nakamura (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:15
38Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
39Yoshimitsu Tsuji (Jpn) Team Ukyo
40Marino Palandri (Ita) Amore & Vita
41Shotaro Iribe (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
42Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
43Yoshimasa Hirose (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
44Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:00:16
45Kyle Marwood (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers
46Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor
47Yuta Takada (Jpn) Cannondale Spacezeropoint
48Masaru Fukuhara (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
49Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
50Shota Saito (Jpn) Team Ukyo
51Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:17
52Nozomu Kimori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
53Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) University All Japan
54Yuya Komaki (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
55Ryosuke Uemura (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello
56Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
57Tomoyuki Iino (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen0:00:18
58Jonathan Lovelock (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers
59Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor
60Masahiko Yasui (Jpn) University All Japan
61Keisuke Kimura (Jpn) University All Japan
62Takahiro Yamashita (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
63Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Team Ukyo
64Tomonori Sato (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:00:19
65Blaise Sonnery (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor
66Daiki Yasuhara (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
67Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
68Sekiho Endo (Jpn) Cannondale Spacezeropoint0:00:20
69Sota Ikebe (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
70Nur Amirull Fakhruddin Mazuki (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:00:21
71Jin Okubo (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello
72Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita
73Kohki Ohnaka (Jpn) University All Japan
74Mohd Saiful Anuar Aziz (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
75Sea Keong Loh (Mas) OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team0:00:22
76Viesturs Luksevics (Lat) Amore & Vita
77Patrik Moren (Swe) Amore & Vita
78Ryosuke Takatsuka (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello
79Katsuma Fujioka (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:23
80Shiki Kuroeda (Jpn) University All Japan
81Ji Wen Low (Sin) OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team0:00:24
82Kosuke Harakawa (Jpn) Cannondale Spacezeropoint0:00:25
83Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Team Ukyo
84Shun Yamamoto (Jpn) University All Japan0:00:26
85Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:00:28
86Ahmad Haidar Anuawar (Mas) OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team0:00:29
87Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:00:30
88Choon Huat Goh (Sin) OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team0:00:32
89Taichi Togao (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:33
90Motonari Suzuki (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:39
91Yasumasa Oka (Jpn) Cannondale Spacezeropoint0:01:30
92Darren Low (Sin) OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team0:03:13
93Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Team Nippo0:03:28

Points classification
1William Clarke (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team10pts
2Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team9
3King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong Team8
4Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team7
5Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) Team Nippo6
6Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Team Nippo5
7Nathan Earle (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers4
8Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers3
9Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers2
10Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Team Nippo1
11Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Team Nippo-10

Teams classification
1Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:10:08
2Team Nippo0:00:07
3Genesys Wealth Advisers
4Hong Kong Team0:00:14
5Aisan Racing Team
6Bridgestone Anchor0:00:25
7Cannondale Spacezeropoint0:00:27
8Shimano Racing Team0:00:28
9Terengganu Cycling Team
10Amore & Vita0:00:30
11Team Ukyo0:00:31
12Utsunomiya Blitzen
13Matrix Powertag0:00:34
14University All Japan0:00:42
15Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello0:00:49
16OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team0:01:04

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