Tour de Okinawa

The Tour de Okinawa (ツール・ド・おきなわ, Tsūru do Okinawa) is an annual professional road bicycle racing classic one-day race held in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. It was first started in 1989 as an amateur race, but became professional in 1999. It became part of the UCI Asia Tour in 2005. Until 2007, it was a one-day race, billing itself as the longest single-day course in Japan, but was transformed into a two-day stage race in 2008, its UCI category changing from 1.2 to 2.2.[1] In 2008, the first day was a criterium,[1] but from 2009, it was changed to a time trial run on the streets of Nago.[2] The 2010 edition extended the second stage to 210 kilometers.[3] The 2012 edition again returned to a single-day event.[4]

Tour de Okinawa
Race details
DateNovember
RegionOkinawa Prefecture, Japan
Local name(s)ツール・ド・おきなわ
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Asia Tour 1.2
TypeClassic one-day race
OrganiserJapan Cycling Federation
Web sitetour-de-okinawa.jp/english/ Edit this at Wikidata
History
First edition1989 (1989)
Editions31 (as of 2019)
First winner Kazuo Ōishi (JPN)
Most wins Wong Kam-po (HKG)
(4 wins)
Most recent Nariyuki Masuda (JPN)

In addition to the main international champion race, there is also a women's and junior international race, as well as several amateur races.[3]

Past winnersEdit

Men's winnersEdit

Year Country Rider Team
1989   Japan Kazuo Ōishi
1990   Japan Kyōshi Miura
1991   Japan Takahiro Yamada
1992   Italy Gianluca Tarocco
1993   Japan Takahiro Yamada
1994   Japan Tomokazu Fujino
1995   Hong Kong Wong Kam-po
1996   Japan Ken Hashikawa
1997   Japan Tomokazu Fujino
1998   Hong Kong Wong Kam-po
1999   Canada Mark Walters Canada (national team)
2000   Hong Kong Wong Kam-po Hong Kong (national team)
2001   Japan Makoto Iijima Sumita Ravanello Pearl Izumi
2002   Australia Paul Redenbach Giant Asia Racing Team
2003   Japan Kazuya Okazaki Team Nippon Hodo
2004   Hong Kong Wong Kam-po Hong Kong (national team)
2005   Japan Yasutaka Tashiro Team Bridgestone Anchor
2006   Japan Takashi Miyazawa Cycle Racing Team Vang
2007   Japan Takashi Miyazawa Nippo Corporation-Meitan Hompo co. LTD-Asada
2008   Japan Yukiya Arashiro Meitan Hompo-GDR
2009   Japan Kenji Itami Bridgestone–Anchor
2010   Japan Shinichi Fukushima Geumsan Ginseng Asia
2011   Japan Kazuhiro Mori Aisan Racing Team
2012   Australia Thomas Palmer Drapac Cycling
2013   Japan Sho Hatsuyama Bridgestone–Anchor
2014   Japan Nariyuki Masuda Utsunomiya Blitzen
2015   New Zealand Jason Christie Avanti Racing Team
2016   Japan Nariyuki Masuda Utsunomiya Blitzen
2017   Japan Junya Sano Matrix Powertag
2018   Italy Alan Marangoni Nippo–Vini Fantini–Europa Ovini
2019   Japan Nariyuki Masuda Utsunomiya Blitzen
2020 No race due to COVID-19 pandemic

Women's winnersEdit

Year Country Rider Team
2008   Taiwan Ke Xin Zeng
2009   Hong Kong Wan Yiu Jamie Wong Giant Pro Cycling
2010   United States Carmen Small Colavita–Baci p/b Cooking Light
2011   Taiwan Ho Hsiung Huang
2012   Japan Eri Yonamine
2013   China Dongyan Huang China Chongming–Giant Pro Cycling
2014   Japan Hiromi Kaneko
2015   Taiwan Huang Ting-ying
2016   Taiwan Huang Ting-ying Servetto Footon
2017   Netherlands Ellen van Dijk WTC de Amstel
2018   Japan Eri Yonamine Wiggle High5
2019   Taiwan Ke Xin Zeng Chinese Taipei (national team)
2020 No race due to COVID-19 pandemic

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ayano, Makoto (7 November 2008). "Tour de Okinawa 2008 midokoro" (in Japanese). Cycling Time. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  2. ^ Suzaki, Nobuhiro (7 November 2009). "Tsūru do Okinawa 2009 rēsu purebyū" (in Japanese). Cycling Time. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Tsūru do Okinawa taikai jōhō" (in Japanese). Cyclowired. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Shīzun saigo no biggu rēsu". Cyclowired (in Japanese). Retrieved 26 November 2012.

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