Impressive fourth for Stannard at the Japan Cup CriteriumSat 20 Oct 2018
Australian neo-pro Rob Stannard finished well on the first day of racing for Mitchelton-SCOTT at the 27thedition of the Japan Cup, finishing in fourth place in the sprint after a short and fast urban criterium.
The 2018 edition began as it had since 2010 with a criterium covering fifteen laps of a short two and a quarter kilometre circuit in downtown Utsunomiya, the location of the 1990 World Championships.
As expected attacks sprung left,right and centre without gaining much of an advantage over a peloton intent on a sprint finale and it was no surprise when the bunch went into the last lap compact and travelling at high speed.
John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) won the sprint with Stannard finishing strongly at the front for fourth place after some good work by the Australian outfit keeping the 20-year-old well positioned towards the head of the race.
“Today’s experience of racing in Japan was awesome the fans are crazy here in the best possible way. It was a fast and furious criterium, pretty fun too and a good warm up for tomorrow’s longer road race.”
“I was feeling some good legs going into the final lap today and to finish fourth is really pleasing and makes me pretty excited for tomorrow.
“We have a strong team here, and the course looks like it will be a lot of fun, although hard, but I think we'll have a good chance of getting a result.”
Japan Cup Criterium results:
1. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) 00:42:38
2. Cameron Scott (Australian-Cycling-Academy) ST
3. Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini-Fantini-Europa-Ovini) ST
4. Rob Stannard (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
Photos courtesy of Japan Cup.