Hachimantai, Japan -- Yukihiro Doi of the Felt-sponsored Argos-Shimano team is the new national road champion in Japan. The 28-year-old rode his Felt F1 team bike to victory at last weekend’s championship race in the northern part of Japan’s Honshu region.
Yukihiro has been racing in the European peloton since 2005. Last year, while racing for the Skil-Shimano team, he became the first Japanese rider to finish the Vuelta a España, one of the season’s three grand tours.
The 2012 Japanese road championship took place on a 15.8km circuit. A small group of 10 riders were in the lead group on the final lap, when Yukihiro and Masuda Nariyuki attached and sprinted it out for the finish. Yukihiro won the dash to the line, taking the biggest win yet in his career.