Saitama, Japanese City to Host Tour de France Event

A Japanese city is to host a special event under the Tour de France banner in October to mark the 100th edition of cycling’s most prestigious race, a report said on Friday.

Saitama City, north of Tokyo, and tour organisers Amaury Sports Organisation will soon reach a formal agreement and then announce the project, said the mass circulation Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

The two sides are considering inviting some 50 top cyclists to the “All Stars” exhibition, which will come after the Tour’s title race takes place in June and July in France.

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Violations involving reckless cyclists rising in Japan

Japan is considering changing road traffic violation punishments for cyclists after it was revealed that almost 4,000 violations took place across the country last year.

According to a nationwide survey by the National Police Agency, 3,956 violations by cyclists were logged in 2011, TBS reported Friday.

About 32.2% of the violations involved riders with brakeless “piste bikes,” also known as “fixed brake bikes” or “fixies” on public roads. In Japan, the law requires that bicycles have both front and rear brakes. Failure to install both before riding on a public road is punishable by a fine of up to 50,000 yen.

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