Gallopin wins Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian

Solo victory for RadioShack Leopard Frenchman

Tony Gallopin (Radioshack-Leopard) outfoxed and outperformed some serious competition to take a well-deserved solo victory at the Clasica San Sebastian.

The 25 year-old Frenchman was riding the Basque one-day race for the first time in his career but was part of the decisive 13-rider selection that formed over the Jaizkibel climb and then attacked alone on the final Arkale climb 15km from the finish. Using some impressive time trial skills, he managed to hold off a five-rider chase group all the way to the finish to celebrate his first major classic victory.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won the sprint for second place ahead of Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff), Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Mikel Landa (Euskaltel-Euskadi). However they were 28 seconds down on the Frenchman.

Gallopin was stunned to win alone and enjoyed his moment on the podium and pulling on the traditional Basque Txapela beret.

"I like one-day Classics and I felt super, super good today," he said.

"This is the first time I've ridden the Clasica but I was up front and felt good. I'm really happy to have beaten riders of the calibre of Alejandro Valverde and Roman Kreuziger. This a super result for me."

Strength on the climbs

Gallopin rode a superb race and the Tour de France gave him the strength to handle the climbs of the Jaizkibel and the subsequent Arkale.

Both the Movistar and Euskaltel-Euskadi teams were targeting victory and rode to control the early four-rider breakaway formed by Olivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol), Luca Wackermann (Lampre-Merida), Matthias Krizek (Cannondale) and Francisco Aramendia (Caja Rural).

They opened an 11-minute gap early on but were caught and dropped on the second climb of the Jaizkibel after Movistar drove hard to the foot of the climb. Suddenly Nairo Quintana took over, riding on the front for Valverde and the two cut through the breakaway and formed the front group that would fight for victory. Quintana eventually sat up, convinced he had done his work, but that left Valverde on his own.

Kreuziger, Roche, Nieve, Landa, Moreno Moser (Cannondale) and a few others made it in the move on the two parts of the Jaizkibel but other big-name riders missed it Despite some fierce chasing, Belkin failed to get Bauke Mollema across and Team Sky also missed the attack, with Richie Porte and Dario Cataldo stuck in the chase group.

Kreuziger was aggressive up front, going away over the top of the Jaizkibel. But he was caught on the fast descent, with Sylvain Chavanel and Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel-Euskadi) also getting on. However the Arkale climb proved to be decisive, even though it was 15km from the finish.

Gallopin had two teammates in the 13-rider front group but did not hesitate and attacked alone mid-way up the Arkale. Roche and Landa tried to chase but only split the chasers into two groups.

Saxo-Tinkoff had Roche and Kreuziger, while Euskaltel-Euskadi had Nieve and Landa. Valverde was also there and did some turns. However the five were unable to pull back Gallopin and even lost time on a flat highway to San Sebastian.

Gallopin blasted over a late rise and had a 30-second gap when he turned onto the seafront and began to celebrate the biggest, but surely not the last, Classic win of his career.

Full Results
1Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard5:39:02 
2Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:28 
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
4Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:29 
6Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:36 
7Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:51 
8Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
9Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
10Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
11Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard  
12Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
13Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
14Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
15Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard0:00:53 
16Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:17 
17Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:55 
18Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
19Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha  
21Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:02:22 
22Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida  
23John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
24Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
25David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:31 
26Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol0:02:44 
27Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:03:12 
28Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha  
30Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
31Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:13 
32Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr0:03:16 
33Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:03:19 
34Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard  
35Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:03:20 
36Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
37Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:04:05 
38Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
39Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling  
40Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
41Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano0:04:40 
42Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
43Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
44Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
45Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
46Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
47Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge  
48Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
49Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
50Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
51Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
52Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
53Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard  
54Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
55Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
56Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
57Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack Leopard  
58Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
59Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha  
60Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha  
61Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha  
62Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr0:06:34 
63Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra)  
64Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard  
65Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
66Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp  
67Stefano Agostini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
68Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
69Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team  
70Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
71Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
72Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
73Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
74José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
75Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
76Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
77Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
78Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
79Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
80Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:12:24 
81Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:13:14 
82Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
83Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Sharp  
84Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
85Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
86Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
87Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
88Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
89Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
90Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
91Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
92Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling  
93Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
94Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling  
95Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:17:48 
96Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
97Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:20:10 
98Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:21:23 
99Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
100Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
101Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
DNSJuan Manuel Garate (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFSimon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFJens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFMichael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFSander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
DNFJurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
DNFJurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
DNFBenat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFPablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFImanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFKris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFThomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFDavide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFLuca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFMassimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
DNFSébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFHubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFBlel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFArnold Jeannesson (Fra)  
DNFLaurent Pichon (Fra)  
DNFJérémy Roy (Fra)  
DNFLaurent Mangel (Fra)  
DNFBenoît Vaugrenard (Fra)  
DNFMichael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
DNFJesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
DNFSergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
DNFRyder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFMichel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFPhilippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
DNFMarcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
DNFSebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team  
DNFSteve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNFDanilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNFMichal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
DNFJérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
DNFMartin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
DNFXavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha  
DNFDmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Katusha  
DNFYury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha  
DNFFederico Canuti (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
DNFAlessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
DNFKristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
DNFRichie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling  
DNFJoshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFKanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling  
DNFXabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling  
DNFFrancesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFEnrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFWilliam Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFPatrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFYann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFTobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNFJavier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
Mountain 1 - Alto Garate (Cat. 2) 29.4km
1Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida6pts
2Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol4 
3Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling2 
4Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1 
Mountain 2 - Alto de Jaizkibel (Cat. 1) 157km
1Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida10pts
2Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol8 
3Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling6 
4Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA4 
5Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team2 
6Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1 
Mountain 3 - Alto de Arkale (Cat. 2) 178.6km
1Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida6pts
2Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling4 
3Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha2 
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1 
Mountain 4 - Alto de Jaizkibel (Cat. 1) 196km
1Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff10pts
2Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard8 
3Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team6 
4Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff4 
5Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling2 
6Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr1 
Mountain 5 - Alto de Arkale (Cat. 2) 217.5km
1Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard6pts
2Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff4 
3Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2 
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff1 
Sprint 1 - Azpeitia, 50km
1Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling3pts
2Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2 
3Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol1 
Sprint 2 - Andoain, 116km
1Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3pts
2Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling2 
3Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol1 
Sprint 3 - Irun, 169.3km
1Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling3pts
2Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol2 
3Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida1 
Sprint 4 - Oiartzun, 181.4km
1Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling3pts
2Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida2 
3Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff1 
Sprint 5 - Irun, 208.5km
1Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling3pts
2Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard2 
3Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1 
Sprint 6 - Oiartzun, 220.4km
1Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard3pts
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff2 
3Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff1 
Mountains classification
1Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida22pts
2Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard14 
3Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling12 
4Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol12 
5Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff11 
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff8 
7Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team6 
8Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi2 
9Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling2 
10Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha2 
11Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1 
12Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1 
Sprint classification
1Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling11pts
2Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard5 
3Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol4 
4Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling3 
5Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida3 
6Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff2 
7Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff1 
8Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1 
9Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff1 
1RadioShack Leopard16:58:50 
3Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:02:20 
4Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:24 
5Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:03:53 
6Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:04:38 
7Ag2R La Mondiale0:05:45 
8BMC Racing Team0:06:08 
10Movistar Team0:08:38 
11Cannondale Pro Cycling0:08:53 
12Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:09:32 
15Astana Pro Team0:12:50 
17Lotto Belisol0:20:48 
18Team Argos-Shimano0:20:50 
20Sky Procycling0:28:49 

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