From the first Japanese Grand Tour finisher, Masatoshi Ichikawa, to a rider who fought through the hard knocks of life in the low counties. Ed Hood talks to Masahiko Mifune who plied his trade on a bike for nearly fifteen years as a professional.
In the 80s and 90s there were a few Australian, British and American riders in the European Pro Peloton, but there were not many Japanese... and certainly none in a Grand Tour. Then Masatoshi Ichikawa came along and finished the 1990 Giro d'Italia, a first. Ed Hood found out more.
Team Manager Interview: The Interpro Cycling Academy is a French/Japanese collaboration created in 2006 by a Frenchman, and a Canadian. In 2017 the team received a UCI Continental licence and started competing in international races and has raced in five continents. Ed Hood caught up with a very busy team general manager, Damien Garcia, at the Tour of Qinghai Lake.
Ever thought of visiting Japan and taking your bike along for the trip? If so, Lee Rodgers has the lowdown on the land of the Rising Sun... on two wheels. Japan has everything for the discerning cyclist, climbs, flat valleys, quiet roads and all with a picturesque back drop. Only one problem; it's too cold in December for Lee coming from a humid Taiwan.