Julian Alaphilippe takes victory at Clasica San Sebastian
Aug 04 2018 11:49 pm CET

Julian Alaphilippe takes victory at Clasica San Sebastian
Julian Alaphilippe takes victory at Clasica San Sebastian
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe (c)Sigfrid Eggers

Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) has taken the victory at the Clasica San Sebastian. The Frenchman launched a late attack with Bauke Mollema and crossed the finish line ahead of the Dutchman.

The 229-kilometre race in and around San Sebastian featured eight categorised climbs. The first breakaway was formed within the first 20 kilometres and included riders like Luis Mas, Loic Chetout and Torres, and it took a gap of more than seven minutes with the peloton.

Teams like LottoNL-Jumbo and Katusha-Alpecin took control of the pace of the pack to get closer to the escapees. With around 70 kilometres to go, Winner Anacona (Movistar) attacked from the peloton and got to the front group.

A couple of kilometres later, the pace of Sky in the peloton allowed it to catch most of the escapees, except Cyril Barthe (Euskadi Murias), who was going solo. At 37 kilometres to go, Barthe was caught and Ian Boswell (Katusha-Alpecin), Anacona and Kanstantsin Siutsou (Bahrain-Merida) launched an attack.

Two kilometres later, they were caught and soon other group formed in front. Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Antwan Toelhoek (LottoNL-Jumbo), Ben King (Dimension Data) and Pieter Serry (Quick-Step Floors) were part of that group but despite their efforts, they were caught with 25 kilometres to go.

With 20 kilometres to go, there was a crash in front of the peloton that affected riders like Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain Merida), Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale), Egan Bernal (Sky) and Mikel Landa (Movistar).

At 11 kilometres from the end, Pavel Kochetkov (Katusha-Alpecin) also suffered a crash that left him also on the ground. With nine kilometres remaining, Toelhoek Attacked again and build a gap with the rest of the reduced pack.

A kilometre later, he was joined by Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) and soon Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) got to them and overtook them. The duo arrived together to the top of the last climb, Murgil Tontorra, and went on by themselves.

Behind them, Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Molard and Toelhoek went on to chase them. Mollema and Alaphilippe arrived together to the finish line and the Frenchman showed to have the better legs at the last metres, taking the victory of the Spanish race.

Anthony Roux (Groupama-FDJ) was third.




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