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May 22/04 7:07 am - Jet Fuel Coffee at Tour of Japan

Posted by Editoress on 05/22/04

Jet Fuel Coffee in Japan
Courtesy Dave Butler

The Jet Fuel Coffee team is just hours away from the opening stage of the Tour of Japan. The eight day long race will have six stages and will cover 815km. The first stage in Osaka starts at 10:00pm EST Saturday night (12
noon Sunday in Japan).

Jet Fuel Coffee was the only team invited from North or South America to the event. The race has eight foreign and eight Japanese teams in the event.

All the races are run on circuits which should help negate some of the Japanese teams home field advantage. The fifth stage on the Utsunomiya circuit looks like the key stage with over 2000 meters of climbing.

The Tour of Japan website contains more information about each stage and it already has some pre-race photos posted on the site.

Jet Fuel Coffee Team riders participating are:
Matt Hansen
Kevin "Buck" Miller
Andrew Randell
Ryan Roth
Thorben Wieditz

Manager: Kevin Field
Mechanic: Neil Callahan
Masseur: Letti Kemp

Paul Kotyk was scheduled to take part in the event but an injury prevented him from making the trip.


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