Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 17, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Hidden motor inventor Varjas claims technological fraud still possible despite UCI checks; BMC Racing Team president Ochowicz ‘very confident’ in Porte’s Tour de France chances; Cookson urges Brailsford to reveal contents of medical package; Five questions for Dave Brailsford; Moreno Hofland on his new team; Edward Theuns calls the 2017 season ‘A rehabilitation year’; Aqua Blue Sport names roster for inaugural race; Androni-Giocattoli gets ProContinental license from UCI, no word on TJ Sport; Video shows Britain’s transport secretary dooring cyclist; Stölting Service Group team folds; NFTO closes after no replacement sponsor found; Japanese cyclocross racer forced to leave Belgium; Top Irish track rider Caroline Ryan retires; UCI Cyclcross World Championships teaser.

Japanese cyclocross racer forced to leave Belgium

by CyclingTips

Japanese cyclocross racer Yu Takenouchi was forced to leave Belgium after authorities discovered he had overstayed his 180-day tourist visa.

Yu Takenouchi (Jap) pictured during the Cyclocross of Gieten

Yu Takenouchi pictured during the Hansgrohe Superprestige in Gieten.

“They actually sent me away. I can not do anything, because they are the police,” he told VTM News. “That problem with the tourist visa was known to me. I said I did nothing wrong and had just crossed into Belgium, but they said ‘no’. ”

Takenouchi was intercepted at Zaventem airport on his way to compete at the Namur UCI World Cup race. The Japanese embassy was closed at the time and so Takenouchi was forced to return to Japan.

He has self-funded his cyclocross racing for the past ten years, and while palmares are not notable he was an attraction for fans. His strongest European result was at Koppenbergcross in November, placing 27 out of 36. He raced on the road in 2014 and 2015 with the Belgian UCI Continental team Veranclassic–Ago.

His results show him competing in Europe this season from October 2 at the first round of the Hansgrohe Superprestige in Gieten through the series’ fourth race on November 13 in Gavere. While well-under the 180-day limit, it is unclear when he first arrived in Europe for those race. He had most recently competed at the Rapha Supercross Nobeyama in Japan in late November where he placed tenth.

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