Barredo wins wet San Sebastián Classic

Spaniard wins home one-day race

Spain's Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) won a wet Clásica San Sebastián in Spain today from an escape group. He sprinted ahead of Czech Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) along the waterfront in San Sebastián after 237 kilometres of racing, including the Alto de Jaizkibel climb.

"Sports-wise this is the best day of my life," said Barredo.

"There were a lot of adversaries today, but I knew I could be up there with the best. So I tried to ride my race without worrying about the competition too much. Too many times in the past I lost the moment because I was waiting for my adversaries."

Barredo made the winning move with France's Pierrick Fédrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) on the final categorised climb, Arkale, at 15 kilometres remaining. They passed Russian Evgeni Petrov (Katusha), who had escaped with a group of riders on the Jaizkibel climb.

Tour de France riders ruled the race's final kilometres.

Barredo and Tour's stage nine winner, Fédrigo, went over the top of Arkale with only a six-second lead. Kreuziger led the chase with an attack before the top, joined by Kim Kirchen (Columbia-HTC) and Luis León Sánchez (Caisse d'Epargne).

"It was very dangerous with the wet descents, the selection was made on the descents instead of the climbs," said Kreuziger.

Spaniard Sánchez caught Fédrigo and a solo Barredo after the descent of Arkale, 11 kilometres remaining. Kreuziger, Kirchen and Fédrigo continued their chase behind.

Sánchez showed the same speed he had when he won the Tour's stage eight three weeks ago. His presence ruled out the chances of last year's San Sebastián winner and teammate, Alejandro Valverde. Valverde was in the main group behind the front five riders.

The race re-shuffled on the un-categorised Miracruz climb outside of San Sebastián. Italian Champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) attacked from Valverde's group and caught the chasing trio and Kreuziger attacked on the descent.

Kreuziger, around two kilometres remaining, passed Sánchez and Barredo to ride solo briefly. Barredo re-joined him before the final one kilometre. Kreuziger led until the final 200 metres, when he was unable to respond to the sprint of Barredo.

The main group of chasers caught Pozzato's group before the sprint. France's Mickaël Delage (Silence-Lotto) led over the line for third seven seconds behind Barredo and Kreuziger.

"In the Tour de France I tried attacking thousands of times without luck," said Barredo.

Barredo featured in escape groups in the Tour de France's stages to Aubenas and Paris. Last year, he attacked with Marcus Burghardt in stage 18 to Saint-Étienne but lost the sprint.

Barredo won his first race with team Quick Step earlier in 2008 at Paris-Nice, stage five. He started his professional career with Liberty Seguros in 2004.

Read the live report.

Results
1Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step5:37:00 
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas  
3Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto0:00:07 
4Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram  
5Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream  
6Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha  
7Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
8Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
9Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
10Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad  
11Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
12Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank  
13Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
14Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
15Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana  
16Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank  
17Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
18David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
19Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
20Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
21Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
22Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.  
23Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step  
24Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
25Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - Highroad  
26Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana  
27Chris Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
28Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - N.G.C.  
29Jerome Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
30Stephane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step  
32Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto  
33Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
34Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
35Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
36Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:00 
37Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
38Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:02:19 
39Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:02:21 
40Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.  
41David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:03:09 
42Matthieu Sprick (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:03:18 
43Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto  
44Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
45Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
46Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram0:04:52 
47Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
48Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step  
49Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad0:05:49 
50Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:58 
51Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
52Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas  
53Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Liquigas  
54Lasse Bochmann (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
55Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha  
56Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:45 
57Jose Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:09:24 
58Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:10:52 
59Javier Echarri (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
60Aitor Perezarrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
61Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram  
62Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram  
63Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia - Highroad  
64Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Slipstream  
65Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
66Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team Columbia - Highroad  
67Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
68Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - Highroad  
69Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank  
70Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad  
71Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
72Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
73Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
74Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
75Jean-Charles Senac (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
76Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.  
77Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
78Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas  
79Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Katusha  
80Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha  
81Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
82Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
83Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:10:56 
84Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
85Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
86Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
87Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream  
88Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
89Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.  
90Jeremy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:11:59 
DNSMikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFFrantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - Highroad  
DNFValeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana  
DNFBerik Kupeshov (Kaz) Astana  
DNFJose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana  
DNFJesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana  
DNFSteve Morabito (Swi) Astana  
DNFFranco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas  
DNFMurilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas  
DNFAlessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas  
DNFBranislau Samoilau (Blr) Amica Chips - Knauf  
DNFAndy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFJonathan Bellis (GBr) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFSebastian Lang (Ger) Silence-Lotto  
DNFStaf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
DNFJürgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
DNFJelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
DNFOscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank  
DNFJuan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
DNFBram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFPablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFGorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFPaolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.  
DNFChristian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
DNFDavid Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
DNFTimothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Slipstream  
DNFJose Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAlexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFNicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFLeonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFBingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFDavid Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFChristophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFStephane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFAmael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFRémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFSandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
DNFSebastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
DNFRemy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
DNFLinus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFPaul Voss (Ger) Team Milram  
DNFOlivier Bonnaire (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFGuillaume Le Floch (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFEvgeny Sokolov (Rus) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFJose Alberto Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto  
DNFRobert Kiserlovski (Cro) Amica Chips - Knauf  
DNFHector Gonzalez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
DNFArkaitz Duran (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
DNFBenat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto  
DNFDionisio Galparsoro (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
DNFMikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
DNFJulian Sanchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  
DNFAdrian Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo  

 

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