September 25, 2013

Tour de France Teams Confirmed for the Saitama Criterium

On October 26 Japan's Saitama City will play host to the Saitama Criterium by Le Tour de France. The race, featuring 57 professional cyclists including 25 Japanese riders and 32 International riders from this years Tour de France, will take place on a 2.7km Circuit in the heart of Saitama City, just 20km north of Tokyo. The event will consist of 3 cycling races, including 2 points races inspired by the Japanese keirin format as well as the main 54 km criterium race, reflecting the Tour de France classifications.

Tour de France teams and riders confirmed to be competing in the event include :

Team Sky Pro Cycling

  • Chris Froome
  • Richie Porte
  • Geraint Thomas
  • Peter Kennaugh

Cannondale Pro Cycling

  • Peter Sagan
  • Ivan Basso
  • Nariyuki Masuda
  • Juraj Sagan

Team Argos Shimano

  • Simon Geschke
  • Marcel Kittel
  • Albert Timmer
  • Tom Stamsnijder

Orica-GreenEDGE

  • Simon Gerrans
  • Fumiyuki Beppu
  • Cameron Meyer
  • Simon Clarke

AG2R La Mondiale

  • John Gadret
  • Christophe Riblon
  • Romain Bardet
  • Blel Kadri

FDJ.FR

  • Arthur Vichot
  • Jeremy Roy
  • Alexndre Geniez
  • Jussi Veikkanen

Team Europcar

  • Yukiya Arashiro
  • Vincent Jerome
  • Yohann Gene
  • Jerome Cousin


Japanese riders including Tour de France competitors Yukiya Arashiro, Fumiyuki Beppu and Nariyuki Masuda will enjoy an all too rare opportunity to race a UCI event on their home soil with local crowd support.

With sports cycling booming in Japan this is an unique opportunity for local cyclists to see champions of the Tour close up and local officials are using the event as leverage to improve cycling infrastructure in the city, having recently announced a plan to create a 200km network of bicycle lanes within 10 years as part of its commitment to ensure the safety of cyclists and to promote a bicycle friendly environment.

The Saitama Criterium by Le Tour de France will take place on October 26, 2013, and can be conveniently reached via Saitama Shintoshin station which services the Keihin-Tōhoku, Takasaki and Utsunomiya railway lines. Saitama's annual Cycle Festa will also be taking place on the day in the grounds of Saitama Super Arena.

More information can be found at: http://saitama-criterium.jp/

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