Arashiro in LAMPRE-MERIDA: he’s the first Japanes ever in the team

The rising sun will shine on LAMPRE-MERIDA in 2016, thanks to the transfer of Yukia Arashiro (photo Bettini) who, after having signed an agreement with the team manager Brent Copeland, will became the first Japanese cyclist ever in the history of the blue-fuchsia-green team.

Arashiro, who was born in Ishigaki in 1984, is accustomed with records, being a rider who wrote the history of the Japanese professional cycling movement: he was the first Japanese cyclist to complete a Tour de France (2009), to be in the top 5 of a Grande Boucle’s stage (5th in the 2nd stage of the Tour de France 2009, Monaco-Brignoles) and to be in the top 3 of a Giro d’Italia’s stage (3rd in the Novara-Novi Ligure, 5th stage of the Giro 2010); moreover, he’s the only one Japanese rider who obtained a place in the top 10 of a Classic race (10th in the Amstel Gold Race 2014).
Pro since 2006, he obtained 7 victories, participating in 5 Tour de France, 2 Giro d’Italia and 1 Vuelta a Espana.

LAMPRE-MERIDA signed a cyclist who’s an icon of the Asian cycling, one of the most important athlete of the whole Japanese cycling history, a Counrty in which cycling is very popular – Brent Copeland explained – Arashiro extend towards high quality level the frontiers of the Asian cycling, obtaining important results and collecting experience.
That are the reasons why he’s very appreciated in Europe and he’s loved in Japan: also thanks to Merida, we succeeded in signing the agreement which allow Yukiya to race in LAMPRE-MERIDA in 2016
Relying on his experience and his skills, which helped him to obtain the 17th place in the World Championship in Richmond, he’ll be for sure a quality additional rider for the blue-fuchsia-green group.
Our team always received a warm support by the Japanese fans and it has a good tradition of participation, with 9 victories, in the Japanese races: we’re happy that in 2016 we’ll have for the first time a Japanese cyclist”.

This is the comment from Arashiro: “I’ll become a member of a team with a great tradition and I’ll be the team mate of great riders: this is a great pleasure for me.
In the Team LAMPRE-MERIDA I’ll have the opportunity for continuing to demonstrate that the Japanese cyclists and Asian cyclists have the potentiality for achieving top results, so I’m looking forward to the future in the blue-fuchsia-green team with many expectation.
I’m sure I’ll learn a lot in this team with such a long tradition and I’d like to inspire many young Asian riders.
I’m greatful to the team and to the sponsor who supported me and I thank my new team and my new sponsors for having decided to start a cooperation with me.
This is an important step for me, the future is full of hope in LAMPRE-MERIDA!”

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