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Gallopin wins Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian

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Stephen Farrand

Solo victory for RadioShack Leopard Frenchman

Tony Gallopin (RadioShack Leopard) earned the biggest victory of his career at the Clasica San Sebastian

Tony Gallopin (RadioShack Leopard) earned the biggest victory of his career at the Clasica San Sebastian

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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
1 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 5:39:02  
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:28  
3 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
4 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
5 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:29  
6 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:36  
7 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:51  
8 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
10 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
11 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard    
12 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
13 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
14 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
15 Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:53  
16 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:01:17  
17 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:01:55  
18 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
19 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
20 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha    
21 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:02:22  
22 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida    
23 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
24 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
25 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:02:31  
26 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol 0:02:44  
27 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:03:12  
28 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
29 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha    
30 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
31 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:13  
32 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:03:16  
33 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:03:19  
34 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard    
35 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:20  
36 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team    
37 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:04:05  
38 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA    
39 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling    
40 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
41 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano 0:04:40  
42 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
43 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team    
44 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
45 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA    
46 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
47 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge    
48 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
49 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
50 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
51 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
52 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
53 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard    
54 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
55 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
56 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA    
57 Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack Leopard    
58 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team    
59 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha    
60 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha    
61 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha    
62 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:06:34  
63 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.fr    
64 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard    
65 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
66 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp    
67 Stefano Agostini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
68 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
69 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team    
70 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA    
71 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA    
72 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
73 Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team    
74 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
75 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
76 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
77 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
78 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
79 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
80 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:12:24  
81 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:13:14  
82 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
83 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Sharp    
84 Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
85 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
86 Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
87 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
88 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
89 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA    
90 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
91 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
92 Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling    
93 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
94 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling    
95 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:17:48  
96 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
97 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:20:10  
98 Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:21:23  
99 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
100 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
101 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNS Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge    
DNF Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
DNF Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge    
DNF Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
DNF Sander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Luca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida    
DNF Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr    
DNF Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr    
DNF Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr    
DNF Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr    
DNF Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr    
DNF Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
DNF Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp    
DNF Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
DNF Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
DNF Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
DNF Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
DNF Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha    
DNF Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Katusha    
DNF Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha    
DNF Federico Canuti (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
DNF Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
DNF Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
DNF Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling    
DNF Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling    
DNF Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
DNF Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
DNF William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Yann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA    
Mountain 1 - Alto Garate (Cat. 2) 29.4km
1 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida 6 pts
2 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 4  
3 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2  
4 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1  
Mountain 2 - Alto de Jaizkibel (Cat. 1) 157km
1 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida 10 pts
2 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 8  
3 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling 6  
4 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 4  
5 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2  
6 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1  
Mountain 3 - Alto de Arkale (Cat. 2) 178.6km
1 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida 6 pts
2 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling 4  
3 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha 2  
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1  
Mountain 4 - Alto de Jaizkibel (Cat. 1) 196km
1 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 10 pts
2 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 8  
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 6  
4 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4  
5 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2  
6 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 1  
Mountain 5 - Alto de Arkale (Cat. 2) 217.5km
1 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 6 pts
2 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 4  
3 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2  
4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1  
Sprint 1 - Azpeitia, 50km
1 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3 pts
2 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 2  
3 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1  
Sprint 2 - Andoain, 116km
1 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 3 pts
2 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2  
3 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1  
Sprint 3 - Irun, 169.3km
1 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3 pts
2 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2  
3 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida 1  
Sprint 4 - Oiartzun, 181.4km
1 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3 pts
2 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida 2  
3 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1  
Sprint 5 - Irun, 208.5km
1 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3 pts
2 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 2  
3 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1  
Sprint 6 - Oiartzun, 220.4km
1 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 3 pts
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2  
3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1  
Mountains classification
1 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida 22 pts
2 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 14  
3 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling 12  
4 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 12  
5 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 11  
6 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 8  
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 6  
8 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2  
9 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 2  
10 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha 2  
11 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1  
12 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1  
Sprint classification
1 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling 11 pts
2 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 5  
3 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol 4  
4 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3  
5 Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida 3  
6 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2  
7 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1  
8 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 1  
9 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1  
Teams
1 RadioShack Leopard 16:58:50  
2 Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:11  
3 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:02:20  
4 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:03:24  
5 Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:03:53  
6 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:04:38  
7 Ag2R La Mondiale 0:05:45  
8 BMC Racing Team 0:06:08  
9 Katusha 0:08:03  
10 Movistar Team 0:08:38  
11 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:08:53  
12 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:09:32  
13 Lampre-Merida 0:11:52  
14 Orica-GreenEdge 0:12:49  
15 Astana Pro Team 0:12:50  
16 FDJ.fr 0:14:40  
17 Lotto Belisol 0:20:48  
18 Team Argos-Shimano 0:20:50  
19 Garmin-Sharp 0:22:44  
20 Sky Procycling 0:28:49