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Japanese racers in the Tour(3 posts)

Japanese racers in the TourOld Guy
Jul 25, 2001 12:00 PM
I just noticed that there is a gap in the Tour. If you travel East from Kazakhstan to California, you'll find that nobody from that half of the world is in the Tour... or even in any of the big Euro pro teams.

Why?

I have a few theories, but I'd like to get some responses first...
Djamolidin Abdoujaparovzelig1
Jul 26, 2001 5:58 AM
The Tashkent Express, Terror, etc. from Uzbekistan and former green jersey winner in 1991. Just south of Kazachstan.

Wildman sprinter and one of my favorite names of all time in the Tour. Who can forget his finish, or shall we say crash, in that 1991 Tour on the Champs Elysee.

But that's not the point of your post. Although biking, as transportation, is a big part of much of the World you're talking about, there is no significant culture of bike racing except for maybe Keirin in Japan. I've never spent much time considering the question but I'll give it a think.
I saw a Japanese racer in the 2001 Girotime trialist
Jul 26, 2001 11:40 AM
I think his name was Hidoro Nodori riding for Colpack. Back of the GC no doubt, but still nice to see.

What I'm waiting for is a black rider in the Tour. Those from Zaire spank us in the marathon, so why not in a distance sport like cycling. Should be interesting.