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Barredo wins wet San Sebastián Classic

By:
Gregor Brown

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.

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Results
1 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step 5:37:00  
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
3 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto 0:00:07  
4 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
5 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream    
6 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
7 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
8 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha    
9 Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
10 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad    
11 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
12 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank    
13 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
14 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step    
15 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana    
16 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank    
17 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
18 David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
19 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
20 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
21 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
22 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.    
23 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step    
24 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
25 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - Highroad    
26 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana    
27 Chris Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
28 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - N.G.C.    
29 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
30 Stephane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
31 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step    
32 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto    
33 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step    
34 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
35 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
36 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:00  
37 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha    
38 Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. 0:02:19  
39 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. 0:02:21  
40 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.    
41 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:03:09  
42 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:03:18  
43 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto    
44 Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
45 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
46 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram 0:04:52  
47 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha    
48 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step    
49 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad 0:05:49  
50 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:05:58  
51 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
52 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas    
53 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Liquigas    
54 Lasse Bochmann (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
55 Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha    
56 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:08:45  
57 Jose Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:09:24  
58 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo 0:10:52  
59 Javier Echarri (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
60 Aitor Perezarrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
61 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram    
62 Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
63 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia - Highroad    
64 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Slipstream    
65 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
66 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team Columbia - Highroad    
67 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank    
68 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - Highroad    
69 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank    
70 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad    
71 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
72 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana    
73 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
74 Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
75 Jean-Charles Senac (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
76 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.    
77 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
78 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas    
79 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Katusha    
80 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha    
81 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
82 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank    
83 Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:10:56  
84 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank    
85 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
86 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
87 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream    
88 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
89 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.    
90 Jeremy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:11:59  
DNS Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - Highroad    
DNF Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana    
DNF Berik Kupeshov (Kaz) Astana    
DNF Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana    
DNF Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana    
DNF Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana    
DNF Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas    
DNF Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas    
DNF Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas    
DNF Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Amica Chips - Knauf    
DNF Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
DNF Jonathan Bellis (GBr) Team Saxo Bank    
DNF Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence-Lotto    
DNF Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
DNF Jürgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
DNF Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
DNF Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank    
DNF Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank    
DNF Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank    
DNF Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.    
DNF Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
DNF David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
DNF Timothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
DNF Jose Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Stephane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
DNF Sebastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
DNF Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
DNF Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
DNF Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram    
DNF Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Evgeny Sokolov (Rus) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Jose Alberto Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
DNF Eros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto    
DNF Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Amica Chips - Knauf    
DNF Hector Gonzalez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
DNF Arkaitz Duran (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
DNF Benat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto    
DNF Dionisio Galparsoro (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
DNF Mikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
DNF Julian Sanchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo    
DNF Adrian Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo