Team Bahrain Merida to Japan Cup
Friday, October 18th – Team Bahrain Merida will close the 2019 season in Japan, by attending the ‘Japan Cup’ for the first time. The 28th edition of the “Japan Cup Cycle Road Race” will take place on Sunday in Utsunomiya city, preceded by the “Japan Cup criterium” on Saturday.
“We would like to end the year in the best possible way” Team Bahrain Merida Sports Director Franco Pellizotti comments “We have Sonny Colbrelli as our leader for tomorrow’s criterium. A very fast race, that usually ends with a bunch gallop. It’s supposed to rain, and this can suit him, but we also have to be careful in case of heavy rain”.
The “Japan Cup Criterium” – on a short route of a 40km total (including two parade laps and 15 laps of about 2km each), is considered as a warm-up ahead of the most challenging next day’s race.
“We did a recon ride on the course today and it is very tough” Pellizotti adds, giving a preview of the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race’s 144.2km route: 14 laps of a circuit, that features as key moment a steep climb (1.2km with a gradient of 8.5%) and a technical descent. “We have some strong riders as Damiano Caruso, but I think that also Sonny Colbrelli can have an opportunity in case of a sprint finish. Moreover, we can count on Yukiya Arashiro, who is our local hero and the warm support of fans is always important”.
Team Bahrain Merida line-up for Japan Cup: Yukiya Arashiro, Damiano Caruso, Sonny Colbrelli, Domen Novak, Hermann Pernsteiner, Luka Pibernik.