Repeating his overall performance at the Tour of Germany, Astana's Andrey Kashechkin was very happy with his podium place in the Clasica San Sebastian. "I am very satisfied, because we have done a great race," said the 26 year-old. "The team is obtaining great results in the last races and it is very important for our future."
The champion of Kazakhstan did have something to say about the split on the Alto de Jaizkibel, however, which almost saw Iban Mayo, Denis Menchov and Carlos Sastre fight for the win, and were only reeled in five kilometres from the finish. "After three kilometres of climbing, a few individuals stopped the race momentarily [referring to the Basque protesters - ed.]. Because of it, Mayo, Sastre and Menchov went ahead," said Kashechkin.