Keirin racing
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

NEXT round of the UCI World Cup at Manchester Velodrome (Friday-Sunday February 23-25) has attracted five of Japan?s finest sprint stars bidding for the £15,000 first prize in the invitation Keirin that closes the three-day meeting.

Kazuya Narita, Masaki Inoue, Kazunari Watanabe, Shinichi Ota and Keiichiro Yaguchi are household names in Japan, where the Keirin is as big as horse racing. The event is sponsored by the Japanese Keirin Association.

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