The Japanese qualifier event in Niseko will also include a time trial for this year's edition of the cycling festival.

The 13.6km time trial will be organized on Saturday July 6 on a flat course with start and finish in the nearby town of Kutchan with a nice view on Mt.Yotei during the majority of the race in between the Hokkaido farmland. The total elevation of the course is 57m with some technical corners.

The event's organizer had already included a shorter non-qualifying test time trial last year and are making the next step in the development of their event with an official ITT qualifier this year.

The 70 or 140km Granfondo on Sunday has very limited places left for a tough mountain course.