Japan Cup 2019 – EF Gone Racing

Japan Cup 2019 – EF Gone Racing


The final race of EF Education First’s Pro Cycling season. The final opportunity for a Mike Woods win. And the final time Taylor Phinney, a towering figure in US pro cycling, would pin on WorldTour numbers. Rapha’s film crew were on hand to see him say ‘sayonara’ to the sport, and tell the full story of his final race. Watch the last episode of EF Gone Racing from the 2019 season, and get ready for next year.

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Music: Builder’s Tea –
Cover photo: Getty
Race footage: ©2019 JAPANCUP UTSUNOMIYA
Tour of Utah footage: Utah Cycling Partnership, INC
Archive footage: Neal Henderson @ Apex Coaching

Special thanks to Sean Bennett, Nate Brown, Lachlan Morton, Taylor Phinney, Jimmy Whelan, Mike Woods, Ken Vanmarcke, Jonathan Vaughters, Michele Primaro, Daisuke Yano.

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About EF Gone Racing:

In the bus. At home. In the team cars and on top of mountains. EF Gone Racing is a new series from Rapha taking you on the road with EF Education First Pro Cycling. Exclusive access, larger than life characters, and a film crew to capture it all.

Watch the story behind Alberto Bettiol’s Monumental win at Flanders here:
Catch up on the full series of EF Gone Racing so far here:

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About the alternative calendar:

As part of the EF team’s partnership with Rapha, riders will race a calendar of alternative, mixed-terrain, multidisciplinary events throughout the 2019 season. From mountain bike epics to week-long ultras, they’ll all captured in special episodes of EF Gone Racing. First Dirty Kanza and GBDuro, now Leadville. There’s much more to come this season, including: Three Peaks Cyclocross, Taiwan KOM and more.

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99 Comments on "Japan Cup 2019 – EF Gone Racing"


  1. Love these videos and love the team but that was some pro tier deception by Mollema for the race win lol.

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  2. Chapeau to JV, the team, sponsors and everyone involved in this project, what a year and some truly fantastic stories told through the EF Gone Racing series here on Youtube. Thank you!

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  3. Hitting the nail on the head. Building the bridge between pro's and the normal people riding bikes. The alternative calendar has been awesome to watch. More pro teams need to take note. Well done EF racing and all the sponsors.

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  4. How is it possible? Take e a bike and hit 140km with the same pace and I will ask you how is it possible? Dude gave everything to win, but couldn't. Cheers for second)

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  5. The bridge is to me. Life long cyclist at 62. Still totally inspired by the sport and everyone in it. Riders sponsors fans. Holding out hope for more people to catch the fever. I love this team of rider. Taylor enjoy the other side. Fat tires and slower speeds. Thanks Rapha for the excellent video thru the year. Those alone inspire thousands. EF Education Thank you. See you next year.

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  6. I rode a few laps of the road race circuit in July. Beautiful course. The climb is short but STEEP. These guys make it look so easy 😂

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  7. As much as I love Lochlan Morton, I don't think you could take the 'best rider in the world this year' title away from Matthew Van Der Poel!

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  8. Great video, loved watching these all year, keep them coming next year. Thanks to the riders and the team! Well done!

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  9. There is a lot about Vaughters that I don’t like, but this video (hearing the team’s heart & understanding) really makes me appreciate this EF TEAM!! Keep racing for the beauty & power of riding! Yes, results matter, but so does attitude. Keep doing the ALTERNATIVE racing & bring fame/$/and fun to that game!! Great video.

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  10. Incredible where Argyle/Slipstream were a couple of years ago and where they are now. A really cool team that gets decent results and has fun doing it. All the best to Taylor and Go Rusty! Maybe Taiwan KOM next year?!?

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  11. I never cared at all about road racing and the comments at end about disconnection between racers and riders rang true from my point of view.

    Thanks to what Rapha, EF & the team have done I actually know the names of a few riders, find them interesting, am interested in how they do and absolutely love the alternative calendar.

    It’s what racing needs as it’s way too serious about itself, and EF Rapha is just what we need more of. Never thought I’d be commenting on a bike racing team as it just didn’t interest me. Well done.

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  12. Well done well said a huge thank you EF FOR BEING INVOLVED IN LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS it has meant a great deal to every day cyclist from road to cx to mountain bikes . At the end of the day we the people that keep the industry going new bikes new kits new components and we all love it .and to Lachlan Mortan thanks the any where bike rider your adventures have been exciting . Many thanks EF and have a well earned off season break Then Tour Down Under see u there . Max

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  13. Thanks for the amazing insights all year. Congrats to everyone on a great year. Best of luck to Taylor – we will all be cheering you on. And JV is right, build that bridge! Looking forward to the 2020 videos!

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  14. Top quality work, great video with Rapha unique signature. Pro cyclists have to know how many laps to go to the finish line. Or the DS  keeps the tally. The smartest rider won the race. Lachlan Morton is my favorite pro cyclist because he's got the right spirit and attitude – freedom on 2 wheels.

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  15. Great series. Very refreshing look at professional cycling and restores my faith in professional cycling. Looking forward to seeing more!

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  16. It's been a great year that we've all been lucky enough to be part of. Really hope it carries on next season 🙌🏻

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  17. This series of videos has been absolutely fantastic to watch. From gravel to road, all of them, incredible. The shooting of the videos and quality of sound/video is also welcomed, nothing is bad quality at any point. But seeing the emotional aspect of the sport portrayed in these videos does open my eyes up as a cyclist.

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  18. Rapha has done well to change my mind about them. Previously, I viewed Rapha as a brand for posh cyclists who don’t ride when it’s wet or cold. These videos this year have done well to tell the stories of these down to earth EF riders. Well done

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  19. Put some Flat pedals, throw away your powemeter and enjoy the ride!! that´s is one of the reasons that motives me to keep pedaling. As always a excellent content, see you guys next year. Remember that the fundamental key to riding your bike, it´s that you have to have fun.

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  20. Mathieu van der poel vs lachlan morton: battle of best rider in all types of cycling

    Jonathan vaughters: Lachlan Morton!

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  21. Best of luck to Taylor in his new life! Thanks for all that racing and cool vibe TF!! And thanks to EF for such a great 2019 series of videos on racing bikes but also on the alternative calendar. It makes for compelling viewing. Yes, I think initiatives like this will certainly create bonds between the cycling community as a whole. BIKES are the FUTURE 😉

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  22. I like your style….lachlan go…woodsie cheer for you.. in hindsight i wish i was lochlan….riding all those incredible places….what a year

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  23. I gotta say, the insights of EF and more specifically Taylor cut right to the heart of the "issues" of the stability and challenges to growing cycling as a sport. I love this series of videos.

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  24. Absolutely fabulous and beautiful film. Kudos to you guys for putting out such spectacular content throughout the year. You guys are truly trying to bridge the gap within the riding community. Have a great off season. Looking forward to seeing you guys again in 2020. Thanks again!

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  25. your videos , just lead the field. totally inspirational , honest and genuine. best to all . whether it was a commercial marketing thing or just a philanthropic love of bike riding – doesn't matter , outcome is the same , its great, keep going

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  26. Thank you for posting your videos! You guys are all awesome and the filming is so cool. You get to know the athletes, which is cool!

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  27. Thank you to everyone who made these videos and trips possible. Your Gone Racing series and Mitchelton-Scott's videos connect me with the ProTour a lot more than I was as a school kid watch Lance ride the TdF and that's it. I'm a daily bike commuter now and there's so much danger and frustration riding among drivers and buses and car-focused roads. But, these videos remind that bikes are fun, and that's why I love them. I can't wait for another year. I hope you all find new and interesting adventures. Happy Holidays!

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  28. The 2019 season was a splendid year for EF Education First and Rapha not only on road and alternative race but also to a cycling community as a whole. Hopefully for 2020 season you guys can come back with this kinda content.

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  29. This old cyclist has loved what this team has done this year, chapeaux all riders & management with a special shout out to Lachlan.

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  30. Really appreciate the approach which you, as a team, have taken; back to really 'enjoying' (all types of) cycling, instead of purely counting World Tour podiums. Thanks for the great content and I wish you a (relatively) relaxing off-season. Looking forward to seeing you guys do even better in 2020 :-))

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  31. crazy how WT riders can still lose races by not eating enough table sugar or not paying attention to how long in the race they have left! Ken is the smartest and probably too smart hence he feels frustrated with the lack of care of the riders.

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  32. I guess all subdiciplines of biiking go through the same struggle. Its good though that nowadays thanks to the internet you can keep your sponsors happy even if you are not winning races by having a good presence in social media, so keep it up EF, content creation like these vlogs are important for fans

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  33. Wow, those 19:45 min went fast. Love these videos. I'm steadily becoming a bigger fan of this team. Keep it up. Love Lachlan Morton and Taylor Phinney. To bad he is hanging up his wheels. Hope he can still stay in the sport and give us his views.

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  34. Well done Rapha! Well done EF!…your objective of connecting with the riding community is definitely coming across in these awesome videos

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  35. Thanks @Rapha & @EFEducationFirst for these videos. An entertaining look at what the riders are experiencing. LOVE the effort to connect. Congrats on a great season, looking forward to 2020!

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  36. Excellent video. Excellent culture. I’m falling in love with EF!! Can’t wait to see what next year brings. Great stuff #closingthegap

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  37. Absolute class 👏🏻phenomenal insight into my love for cycling love from Scotland 👏🏻🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🚴🏻‍♂️🚴🏻‍♂️🚴🏻‍♂️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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  38. i love japan. i would love to know more about their bike culture if possible so i can go over there and ride during my winter break.

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  39. Wow! kicking around some cool ideas in a bike race video – dig it. love it!- Cheers, The Talking Fly

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  40. I do gravel, Road and mtb. And there hasn’t been a Pro Tour team that did that, until now that is.
    Love the Rapha series films, and have watched Them all several times. Hoping that you Will keep up the Great Racing, filming and editing, in all catagories.
    As a side note – I now ride with Poc helmets, and Rapha clothing 🙄🙄

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  41. Loved this series this year! Much respect to the entire team and thank you for sharing! Love the format and hope to see more next year!

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  42. Great strategy seeking new ways to connect to the cycling community. I am keeping up through the videos. I am definitely a fan. Oh, and you guys are the only cycling team I follow on YouTube.

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