NTT Pro Cycling signs Japanese national champion Shotaro Iribe
Nov 15 2019 02:19 am CET

NTT Pro Cycling signs Japanese national champion Shotaro Iribe
NTT Pro Cycling signs Japanese national champion Shotaro Iribe
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NTT Pro Cycling has announced the signing of Japanese National Road Champion Shotaro Iribe.

The rider is the first Japanese to sign a contract with the team currently known as Dimension Data. The 30-year-old has extensive experience in the UCI Asian Tour and has spent his past eight seasons at the Continental Team Shimano Racing Team, where he won stages at the Tour of Japan, the Tour of Thailands and the Tour de Okinawa.

"I am very happy to be able to join NTT Pro Cycling," the Japanese commented. "This is the challenge that I have been aiming for since I started bike racing. No words can describe how happy I am.

"It's never easy to challenge at this top-level but I am determined that I will be racing for the team by putting all my energy and soul into it. I would like to thank all those who have made this possible. Thank you very much."

NTT Pro Cycling's Team Principal Douglas Ryder welcomed this signing. "At the conclusion of a hugely significant week for our team we are thrilled to have Shotaro, the Japanese champion, join our team," he explained. "Our time spent in Tokyo has been hugely fulfilling, and the passion with which we have been embraced has been truly humbling.

"Being a national champion comes with great prestige and responsibility so to have the Japanese champion compete in the NTT Pro Cycling colours is hugely exciting. Shotaro loves racing, takes his chances through being opportunistic and it is a real pleasure to have him as our 10th new signing. We can’t wait to get the 2020 season underway."
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