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11th Tour of Japan - Stage 1
 
By Staff
Date: 5/23/2007
11th Tour of Japan - Stage 1
 
by Stephanie Gutowski

The 11th Tour of Japan began with a very fast, and relatively flat, sprinters stage in Osaka. The course was packed with fans as it cut through both the business district and residential sections of the city. Riders completed 11 laps when Takashi Miyazawa, NIPPO corporation-MEITAN HOMPO-EquipeAsada, charged ahead and won the bunch sprint. His leadout rider Yukiya Arashiro took second place behind him. In addition to the leader's jersey Miyazawa also took home the points jersey.

Stage 1 Finish
Takashi Miyazawa
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Stage 1 Results:

1 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Nippo Corporation - Meitan Honpo Co LTD - Asada 2.59.27
2 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Nippo Corporation - Meitan Honpo Co LTD - Asada
3 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS
4 Masahiko Mifune (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
5 Makoto Iijima (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor
6 Kam-Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Pro Cycling
7 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team
8 Jonas Owczarek (Ger) Team Sparkasse
9 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
10 Keita Iwashima (Jpn) Nalsima Frend
11 Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
12 Shinya Oba (Jpn) Team JBCF
13 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
14 Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
15 Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor
16 Alexandr Dymovskikh (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team
17 Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Myata - Subaru Racing Team
18 Ikki Yoneyama (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello
19 Yoshimitsu Tsuji (Jpn) Matrix Powertag
20 Yoshinori Iino (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello

General classification after stage 1:

1 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Nippo Corporation - Meitan Honpo Co LTD - Asada
2 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Nippo Corporation - Meitan Honpo Co LTD - Asada 0.04
3 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS
4 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team
5 Herman Fouche (RSA) Team Konica Minolta
6 Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Myata - Subaru Racing Team 0.07
7 Masahiko Mifune (Jpn) Matrix Powertag 0.09
8 Makoto Iijima (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor 0.10
9 Kam-Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Pro Cycling
10 Jonas Owczarek (Ger) Team Sparkasse
11 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
12 Keita Iwashima (Jpn) Nalsima Frend
13 Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
14 Shinya Oba (Jpn) Team JBCF
15 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
16 Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
17 Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Team Bridgestone Anchor
18 Alexandr Dymovskikh (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team
19 Ikki Yoneyama (Jpn) Pearlizumi Sumita Ravanello
20 Yoshimitsu Tsuji (Jpn) Matrix Powertag

Stage 1 Start
Stage 1 Start
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