In the schedule of races for May for LAMPRE-MERIDA there will be not only Giro d'Italia, but also Tour of Japan. The Japanese race is an important appointment, especially considering the exposure of the team image in the new cycling fronteers and the passion of the Japanese fans.
Tour of Japan
Champion System's Othman Fourth On Last Stage; Nishizono Top 10 Overall At Tour Of Japan Champion System Pro Cycling Team's Adiq Othman sprinted to fourth place on Sunday's final stage of the Tour of Japan while teammate Ryota Nishizono finished sixth overall.
Japanese sorrows for Elia Favilli, who was close to his first victory as pro. In the 5th stage of Tour of Japan (Izu, 146,4 km), the Tuscan cyclist from Team Lampre-Merida was 2nd, behind the Australian Earle.
Richeze missed the victory in the 2nd stage of Tour of Japan (Mino circuit, 160,7 km total lenght) because of the skill of the Korean Park Sung, a top level cyclist in the keirin circuits.
Champion System Pro Cycling Team's Craig Lewis, who suffered a broken elbow during a crash at Brabantse Pijl in early April, will resume racing at the eight-day Tour of Japan. General Manager Ed Beamon said that Lewis still has some residual effects from the crash, but that the American is ready to race again for Asia's first - and only - pro continental team.