Fumiyuki Beppu (born April 10, 1983 in Kanagawa-ken) is a Japanese professional road racer who started his pro cycling career with the Discovery Channel Team in 2005. Known as Fumy, he is an overall rider for Team RadioShack, starting with the 2010 season.
Beppu started racing bikes when he was only 9-years old, entering local races with his eldest brother Hajime. It really became a family affair when his brother Takumi started racing for Jura Suisse-Nippon Hodo in 2002 then for the Asian Racing Team in 2006-2007, claiming very good finishes in the Tour of Japan, the Tour of Taiwan as well as the Tour of East Java.
But Fumy’s results have eclipsed his siblings and most all other Asian cyclists to become one of the most successful road racers to ever come from this region. He’s been crowned not only the U23 National Road Champion, but also the elite Japanese National Road Champion and Time Trail Champion in the same year.
In an unfortunate contract mishap, it was announced in November of 2009 that Beppu would be joining TRS. However, on further review it was clear that he had one year remaining on his contract with Skil-Shimano. This was later resolved and he joined TRS in 2010.
On Saturday, March 12, 2011, the morning after the catastrophic earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated portions of north Japan, Fumy was asked to lead a moment of silence in front of the entire peloton of the Tirreno-Adriatico Race in Italy, to honor the victims.
His major results include: 1st U23 National Road Race Champion 2003, 1st Stage 1 Giro della Valle d’Aosta, 1st Mountains classification Ronde de I’lsard d’Ariege in 2004, 3rd Young Rider Competition Circuit de la Sarthe in 2005, National Time Trial and Road Race Champion 2006, Qualified Japanese Olympic Team in 2008, 2nd Stage 3 Tour de Romandie, 2nd Mountains classification Stage 1 Route du Sud, Combativity award Stage 21 Tour de France in 2009.
By George Hurst, staff writer