National champion, Grand Tour stage winner, WorldTour rider - Damien Monier... Where is the Frenchman now? Well, from winning a Giro d'Italia stage, he's now winning the Tour of Guadeloupe and doing very nicely in Japan. Ed Hood found out more.
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.