Tour of Japan
The Tour of Japan is an annual professional road bicycle racing stage race held in Japan since 1996 as part of the UCI Asia Tour. It is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) as a 2.1 category race.
|English name||Tour of Japan|
|Local name(s)||ツアー・オブ・ジャパン (in Japanese)|
|Competition||UCI Asia Tour 2.1|
|Organiser||Cycle Month Promotion Council|
|Race director||Osamu Kurimura|
|Editions||22 (as of 2019)|
|First winner||Jean-Philippe Duracka (FRA)|
|Most wins|| Fortunato Baliani (ITA)|
Samad Pourseyedi (IRI)
Óscar Pujol (ESP)
|Most recent||Chris Harper (AUS)|
Tour of Japan was formed as the successor of the Kokusai Cycle Road Race which began in 1982. In 1996, Tour of Japan began as a UCI category 2-5 stage race, and became category 2–4 in 1997. It was downgraded to category 2–5 in 2002.
As the UCI race system was reformed in 2005, it was included in UCI Asia Tour as a category 2.2 event. It became category 2.1 since 2013.
The event for 2003 was canceled for concern over the SARS outbreak in China, and for 2011 was canceled because of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Murayama, Goro (March 2013). 日本における自転車ロードレース『ツアー・オブ・ジャパン』の歴史 [The history of the bicycle road race in Japan, about “Tour of Japan”] (PDF). 自転車文化センター研究報告書 (in Japanese). Bicycle Culture Center (5).
- "2001 6th Tour of Japan". Tour of Japan Organizing Committee. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
- NEXT TOJ 〜TOJの歴史を振り返る〜 Vol.68. 2017-04-09. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
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