Date of Birth: 16/10/1986
Place of Birth: Gunma, Japan
Mayuko Hagiwara was born on the 16th October 1986 in Gunma, Japan. After graduating from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya, Mayuko joined the Cycle Base Asahi Racing team sponsored by leading Japanese bicycle store Cycle Base Asahi. She has also represented Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics and multiple times at the World Championships.
Over the past four seasons with Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling Mayuko had her ups and downs and has become an invaluable member of the team.
2015 was Hagiwara’s breakthrough season with podiums in Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik and the GP Plumelec early on in the season but her real breakthrough came in the Giro Rosa were Mayuko won the first ever stage for Japan in the most important stage race for women. A win everyone within the team and the cycling community was happy about. Next to that she won a stage in the Tour de Bretagne and just like in 2014 Hagiwara won the road race at the Japanese National Championships, her 11th national title. A crash in the La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta in which she broke her collarbone ruined her chances for a good result at the World Championships in Richmond, Virginia.
2016 was very unfortunate for Hagiwara due to several reasons. The season started well for Mayuko by winning the Time Trial at the Asian Championships in January and finishing 3rd in the Road Race. In May Hagiwara crashed hard in the Tour of Chongming Island, resulting in a severe concussion, which ruined her preparations for the National Championships in June. At the Nationals she couldn’t perform at her top level finishing 2nd (RR) and 3rd (TT) with as result that the Japanese federation didn’t select her for the Olympic Games in Rio. The Japanese selection was a bit controversial as Hagiwara was the one who gained the points which gave Japan that one spot.
In August doctors diagnosed her with Mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr virus) which explained partially why Hagiwara couldn’t reach her full potential this season. The viral infection also ment Hagiwara had to end her season prematurely missing out the World Championships in Qatar as well. 2017 will be Hagiwara’s 5th season on the Wiggle High5 team.
2016 1st Asian Championships ITT
2015 Stage win Giro Rosa
2015 Stage win Tour de Bretagne
2008-2012, 2014 National Champion ITT
2010-2012, 2014, 2015 National Champion RR
2013 Championnat de Wallonie – Dinant
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