Davide Villella takes first professional victory in Japan Cup
Oct 23 2016 06:21 pm CET

Davide Villella takes first professional victory in Japan Cup

Italian rider Davide Villella has secured his first professional victory by winning the 1.HC Japan Cup ahead of Christopher Juul-Jensen.

The 144.2km race took place on a local circuit in the town of Utsunomiya and a group of five jumped away in the first hour, only to be reeled in when things got more serious.

After a number of attacks, which left the peloton divided into several groups, Villella launched one final attack and left his companions unable to react.

The 25-year-old, who finished fifth in the Giro di Lombardia earlier this month, finished six seconds ahead of Orica-BikeExchange rider Juul-Jensen whose teammate Robert Power won the sprint for third place, at another eight seconds.

The top five was completed by Italian Manuele Mori of Lampre-Merida and Spaniard Oscar Pujol of Team UKYO.

Only 77 riders took part in this year's edition of the Japanese race. Last year's winner Bauke Mollema was one of 24 riders to abandon.



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