Okay so, continuation of this.
Onoda brought the team together, like he promised, but due to the effort he put into achieving this, he’s tired and feels like he can’t go on. He’s about to fall and drop the race. Naruko, who was by his side, is caught off guard and can’t reach him.
Out of nowhere, Imaizumi appears (seriously, I barely saw him in the earlier panels man) and holds Onoda, claiming he won’t allow such thing, referring to Onoda dropping of course. The little climber seems surprised and Imaizumi goes on about how seeing him from behind inspired him and etc. He concludes by saying that if Onoda can’t go further, then he will take him to the goal himself.
We’re talking about the same Imaizumi who, moments ago and without Onoda there of course, was thinking about dropping the race and forgetting about cycling.
The same Imaizumi who didn’t care about anything but being all alone in the front and winning. The same one who only cared about his OWN success. The same one who’s main goal was to win against Midousuji.
Now, he’s willing to toss that aside for the sake of the team, for the sake of Onoda, the little guy who inspired him to keep cycling. He’s willing to sacrifice his speed and power for the little hero to make it to the goal.
Onoda saved him once (although he isn’t really aware of it) and now it’s Imaizumi’s turn to do so. He recovered that determination of his because of the climber. And he’s determined to protect the reason of it.
Tadokoro seems proud, Naruko exclaims that Imaizumi is back to his old self (thanks to who, huh?) and Kinjou is smirking…again. Good going guys.