So a combination of a daring attack by Luis Leon Sanchez inside the final 10km and a lack of dominance by any single team conspired to deliver the Spaniard to his seventh win of the season and his second in San Sebastian in the last three years. Sanchez picked his moment to perfection, waiting until after the final climb and pouncing on some hesitation between his rivals as the peloton regrouped.
Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) showed a welcome return to form by pipping Gianni Meersman into second place. After a barren run of late he has recaptured the rhythm that saw him win the Tour Down Under and Milan San Remo earlier in the season.
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