Delko Marseille Provence signs Japanese rider Hideto Nakane
Oct 31 2019 11:22 pm CET

Delko Marseille Provence signs Japanese rider Hideto Nakane
Delko Marseille Provence signs Japanese rider Hideto Nakane
Photo by ASO/Karenn EDWARDS

Team Delko Marseille Provence has announced the signing of another Japanese star for the 2020 season: Hideto Nakane.

Nippo will collaborate with the French team in the upcoming season and some of the riders of Nippo Vini Fantini are moving to it. This is the case of the 29-year-old, who joined the Japanese formation in 2017 and will now bring his experience and join his compatriots Atsushi Oka and Ishigami Masahiro.

"First of all, I am grateful to my current team, Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane, Nippo Corporation, Aisan Industry Co. and Asian Racing Team," said Nakane. "For a Japanese rider, it is very difficult to participate in professional European races, but they have always supported my challenge.

"Over the past three years, I have achieved good results, notably by earning many UCI points in Europe and top-10 finishes in South American races among others. It has not been easy to race with the best cyclists on the European circuit, but I am getting better every year. I am very happy to continue my challenge with the Team Delko Marseille Provence, which has a long history in professional cycling. I am delighted with this contract, but I know I have to prove that I belong thereby finally getting 'the result'! I will do my best at every race and will not miss any opportunities!"

Frederic Rostaing, Team Manager of Delko Marseille Provence, welcomed this signing. "I am very happy with the arrival of Hideto, one of the best Japanese riders," he commented. "Already experienced in European races thanks to his career with Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè, he is making steady progress and is now reaching a significant level of performance.

"His self-sacrifice and deep motivation should lead him to quickly reach a new level. He will soon find his place in our group of climbers. As each of our Japanese riders, participation in the Tokyo Olympics on the selective circuit around Mount Fuji will be a major objective of his 2020 season."



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