Cameron Scott Claims Huge Second Place in Japan Cup Criterium
Cameron Scott has taken one of the biggest podiums of his career, with a second place in the UCI Hors class Japan Cup Criterium on Saturday.
The 22-year old Scott, who rides for the Sunshine Coast based Australian Cycling Academy, was narrowly beaten in the final sprint by John Degenkolb of Trek Segafredo. Degenkolb is a previously winner of the prestigious Paris Roubaix, and Milan-San Remo.
The 2018 edition of the Japan Cup criterium covered fifteen laps of a short two and a quarter kilometre circuit in downtown Utsunomiya just north of Tokyo, the location of the 1990 World Championships.
As expected attacks sprung from the start, however none gained much of an advantage over a peloton and it was no surprise when the bunch went into the last lap compact and travelling at high speed.
Scott held on across the line for second place, behind the esteemed Degenkolb. Scott’s ACA teammate, Sam Welsford, also finished in seventh place.
It is a huge win for the young Australian rider, whose wins in the 2018 season include the National U23 Criterium title, and stage 5 of the UCI Tour of Qinghai Lake.
ACA fielded a six-man team at the event, including Scott, Welsford, Michael Potter, Toby Orchard, Jono Nobles and Ashley Mackay.
Team ACA-Ride Sunshine Coast was up against some of the top-level World Tour professional teams in the event, including Australia’s Mitchelton-Scott, BMC, Trek Segafredo and Lotto.
The team will return to the Sunshine Coast this week for a training block, before heading back to Japan in mid-November.