Saitama Criterium

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Following up on the Shanghai crit, we headed back over to Japan, for the 5th edition of the Saitama Criterium.  Same idea as usual with a few bonus races: a team time trial (with teams of 3) and a Keirin style sprint challenge.

The riders also got to experience a day of traditional culture the day before, including some somewhat over the top outfits, Van Avermaert and Froome played Ninja, whilst Kittel and Barguil became Samurai warriers. Cavendish and Uran cooked up Eel on the side as well (yea that last one was a bit odd)

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Altogether, a fantastically organised event, with some great dinners, amazing hospitality, and as always, some of the best damn fans in the whole world.  Thanks to the ASO for ending the season in style.

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