Saitama Criterium by Le Tour de France
Ivan Basso at Saitama Criterium by Le Tour de France, Saitama, Japan, Saturday 26th October, 2013.
The first ever overseas race organised by Le Tour de France was held in Saitama, Japan. Despite fears of a typhoon the route was packed with spectators trying to get a glimpse of their heroes. They were rewarded with a thrilling final 20 lap race in which Chris Froome, Peter Sagan and Rui Costa broke free with two laps to go. Froome escaped on the last lap and Sagan beat Costa in a sprint for second. The whole event was came with all the trappings of Le Tour with the traditional red race car leading the pack.