Kisso Kawamuro

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Kisso Kawamuro
Personal information
Born August 1892
Yokohama, Japan
Died 1973 (aged 80–81)
Team information
Discipline Road
Professional team(s)
1926–1927 Baggi-Samyn

Kisso Kawamuro (川室 競, Kawamuro Kisou, August 1892, in Yokohama[1] – 1973) was a pioneering Japanese racing cyclist. His name is also rendered "Kiso" ("Kisou" is the correct romanization in modified Hepburn).


Born the son of a ship's captain, Kawamuro moved to France in 1918, where he was employed in the airplane and then automobile industries.[1] He had participated in cycling races in Japan so he continued to ride in France.[1] In 1926, he became the first Japanese to ride in the Tour de France by entering as a touriste-routier (an individual without a team).[2] He also entered the race in 1927, but on that occasion as well, he retired during the first stage.[2] The next Japanese to enter the race would be Daisuke Imanaka in 1996, and the first Japanese to complete the Tour would be Yukiya Arashiro and Fumiyuki Beppu in 2009.

In subsequent years, Kawamuro competed in demi-fond races in Germany.[3][4] He eventually returned to Japan and worked in the motorcycle industry before passing away in 1973 at the age of 82.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Kawamuro Kisou: Meiji–Taishō jidai". Jitensha Bunka Sentā. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Quénet, Jean-François. "Tour de France likely for two Japanese riders". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Kawamuro Kisou: Shōwa jidai". Jitensha Bunka Sentā. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kawamura Kisou no Doitsu ensei". Jitensha Bunka Sentā. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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