May2012

  • 2012 Tour of Japan stage 6: Tokyo

    by - May 28, 2012
    A reported 120,000 people were clumped and dotted along the seven kilometer circuit hosting today’s final Tour of Japan stage in Hibiya district, Tokyo. A bunch sprint, won by Aisan Racing Team’s Taiji Nishitani, was the perfect...
  • 2012 Tour of Japan stage 5: Izu

    by - May 27, 2012
    Sure, Friday’s stage up Fujisan was steep, but today’s 146.4 kilometer course was thirteen times longer with three times more elevation gain. Tour of Japan’s fifth stage took place in “a bicycle theme park sequestered in 1.68 million square...
  • 2012 Tour of Japan stage 4: Fujisan

    by - May 26, 2012
    37-year old Fortunato Baliani invested forty minutes and twenty three seconds of his life and got 18 seconds back. Though other riders got better relative returns in today’s 11.4 kilometer mass-start hill climb up Fujisan, the...
  • Inside Guide: Giant in China, 20 years on

    by - May 25, 2012
    2012 marks a major milestone for Giant; two decades have passed since the Taiwanese brand first forayed onto the mainland. Following a tour of Giant’s impressive new factory in Kunshan, Cycling iQ sat down with Giant...
  • 2012 Tour of Japan recon: Fujisan

    by - May 24, 2012
    Whether it’s circuit races in industrial zones, or sterile city-to-city stages, some of the racing in this season’s AsiaTour has lacked a certain optical energy. This has been most evident when a parcours is the product of...
  • 2012 Tour of Japan stage 3: Minami-Shinshu

    by - May 23, 2012
    Can a 150 meter climb be a decisive element of a 148 kilometer stage? Surely not! What if those 148 kilometers were the aggregate of a 12.2km circuit completed 12 times, with that same climb featuring...
  • 2012 Tour of Japan stage 2: Mino

    by - May 22, 2012
    Former Giro d’Italia stage runner-up Maximiliano Richeze presented Team Nippo its first Tour of Japan stage win from a clean bunch sprint in Mino city (Gifu Prefecture) today, following the calculated capture of a plucky local duo...
  • Inside Guide: Giant China’s new Kunshan factory

    by - May 21, 2012
    From its roots as a Taiwanese Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in 1972, Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd broke ground in China 20 years later, when it opened its first manufacturing facility in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, on October...
  • 2012 Tour of Japan stage 1: Sakai ITT

    by - May 20, 2012
    2012 Tour Down Under stage winner Will Clarke has given his Champion System Pro Cycling team a much-needed victory in its home region, winning today’s Tour of Japan prologue in Sakai. Better yet, teammate Cameron Wurf...
  • 2012 Tour of Japan preview

    by - May 20, 2012
    Following visits to Oman, Qatar, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Korea and Iran, the 2012 UCI AsiaTour finally lands in Japan; one of Asia’s true cycling culture centers. Having missed 2011 due to Japan’s natural disasters, Tour...