How about some good cycling news?
We can all use it.
There is racing this weekend, yes racing in the 2-day Japan Cup. The criterium is over, won by Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo-Bank). I discovered this entertaining ORICA-GreenEDGE video of Japan's no 1 son, Fumy Beppu. This video is extra enjoyable, it's a fun back scenes look as the camera follows Beppu as you witness the cool cycling culture of Japan. Do you know what a typical Japanese breakfast is?
Co-starring 'retired' Robbie McEwen who is the Technical Advisor/Sprint Coach. It's cool to see him riding the criterium with pretty good moxy. All eyes are on Japanese star, Fumy Beppu as he tries to out duel McEwen. You may be surprised who finished second and third.
Tomorrow is the big road race held in Utsunomiya and last year's winner is here, Aussie talent Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) will look to repeat. 2010 Japan Cup winner, Dan Martin is also riding and there is a certain 1-2 punch with Garmin eyeing victory. Liquigas is riding their final race before leaving cycling and they bring a heavy team bent on winning with Ivan Basso and Peter Sagan. Another team that will close this season is Steve Bauer's SpiderTech squad. Bauer announced that the team will not race 2013, looking for sponsorship for 2014 WorldTour status. They have a good lineup that will be threatening for a Sunday victory; Ryan Roth, Francois Parisien, Hugo Houle, Ryan Anderson & Brian Vandborg.
I found this ORICA-GreenEDGE video uplifting, amidst this turbulent time, a feel good infusion of cycling fun!