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Clásica San Sebastián: 219km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

 Clasica San Sebastian! It is back to action with the next Classic!

  1. 16:24:29 CEST

     There is lots of climbing on tap today as the serious racing action returns. 

  2. 16:26:43 CEST

     With 82km to go, Amets Txurruka of Caja Rural has 3 minutes on the field.

  3. 16:28:01 CEST

    Txurruka took off after only 27 km and has been in front solo since then. He had a gap of up to 6:45.

     

  4. 16:31:12 CEST

    At least two big names are no longer in the race today. Both Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Philippe Gilbert (BMC) have already abandoned.

     

  5. 16:34:14 CEST

    There are six ranked climbs on tap today, three each cat.2 and cat.1. Five of the climbs come in the second half of the race.

     

  6. 69km remaining from 219km

    16:37:20 CEST

    The gap is now at 2:13.

     

  7. 16:41:15 CEST

    The defending champion is here today, too. Tony Gallopin won this race for RadioShack-Nissan last year. He now rides for Lotto Belisol.

     

  8. 16:43:56 CEST

    The course has changed this year, with the addition of a 15km city circuit in the finale. 

     

  9. 61km remaining from 219km

    16:46:29 CEST

    The gap has dropped rapidly now, down to 1:05. Txurruka is now heading up the Jaizkabel climb.

     

  10. 16:49:29 CEST

    The race started this morning at 11:30. Several groups tried to form and get away before Txurruka was successful.

     

  11. 16:50:25 CEST

    Only 5 seconds now, the break is nearly over.

     

  12. 16:50:55 CEST

    And with 60.4km to go, Txurruka has been swallowed up by the peloton.

     

  13. 16:53:25 CEST

    Movistar is leading the peloton -- which makes sense of course, as the only Spanish WorldTour team.

     

  14. 16:55:18 CEST

    • Cannondale

    Sagan was Cannondale's captain in this race, but they wisely also sent in Allesandro De Marchi as a back-up. 

     

  15. 16:56:57 CEST

    Speaking of De Marchi, he will be riding for BMC next year. 

     

  16. 16:57:34 CEST

    A Team Sky rider has opened a small gap on the field. It is Lopez Garcia.

     

  17. 17:00:58 CEST

    Lopez Garcia has about 15 seconds on the field, and he keeps looking back to see if anyone will join him, or where they might be.

     

  18. 17:01:28 CEST

    Three more riders have joined him now. And one of them is De Marchi.

     

  19. 17:02:20 CEST

     One km to the top of this climb.

  20. 17:04:10 CEST

    The foursome had  a gap of about 26 seconds at the top of the Jaizkabel.

     

  21. 17:05:15 CEST

    These four are: Lopez Garcia (Sky), Visconti (Movistar), De Marchi (Cannondale) and Montaguti (AG2R).

     

  22. 17:08:33 CEST

    The riders are no doubt very happy to have lovely sunshine today, and no rain.

     

  23. 17:09:14 CEST

    Three riders have given chase and are 11 seconds behind. We are still waiting on the field...

     

  24. 48km remaining from 219km

    17:10:13 CEST

    42 seconds for the peloton, which is being led by Orica-GreenEdge and Omega Pharma-QuickStep.

     

  25. 17:12:22 CEST

    We apologize for not having the names of the three chasers. 

     

  26. 17:12:54 CEST

    The three are nearly at the front, so we ought to be able to get their names now. 

     

  27. 43.2km remaining from 219km

    17:15:21 CEST

    The three newcomers are Laurens ten Dam (Belkin), Alberto Losada (Katusha) and Jan Bakelandts (OPQS). 

     

  28. 17:17:54 CEST

    If this group can work together, it could well stay away to the end.

     

  29. 39km remaining from 219km

    17:21:08 CEST

    The peloton must have agreed with us that this break group is dangerous. They have now brought the gap down to 32 seconds.

     

  30. 17:25:43 CEST

    Remember the Tour de France? That big race that dominated everything for three weeks last month? Well  in case you have forgotten, or just want to take a good look back, take a peek at our photo gallery here. 

     

  31. 17:28:09 CEST

    Trek and Orica-GreenEdge are leading the chase.

     

  32. 3.5km remaining from 219km

    17:29:37 CEST

    The seven leaders are going up an unranked climb, taking with them a gap of only 12 seconds. 

     

  33. 17:30:31 CEST

    Gerrans and Albasini are the two Orica-GreenEdge riders at the head of the field.

     

  34. 17:32:31 CEST

    The lead group has been caught.  We now have eight riders with the peloton only seconds behind them. 

     

  35. 17:33:49 CEST

    It looks like everyone is together again. 

     

  36. 17:34:55 CEST

    31km to go and the peloton is flying along in single file.

     

  37. 17:35:49 CEST

    Did we say flying along? We meant it! They are going 74km/h!

     

  38. 17:37:32 CEST

    Andriy Grivko of Astana attacks. 

     

  39. 17:40:20 CEST

    With 25km to go, Grivko is still holding on to his lead. 

     

  40. 17:41:07 CEST

    He has 16 seconds now. 

     

  41. 21.3km remaining from 219km

    17:44:49 CEST

    Grivko rode the Tour de France in support of overall winner Vincenzo Nibali. Now he is looking for his own chance. His gap is inching up, now at 38 seconds.

     

  42. 17:45:48 CEST

    Movistar has moved back to the head of the chasing field, which has become much smaller.

     

  43. 17:50:07 CEST

    The gap is coming dow,now only 17 seconds. 

     

  44. 17:50:55 CEST

    The beach is full on this lovely summer day, as the peloton flies by.

     

  45. 17:52:21 CEST

    Grovko crosses the finish line for the first time, and sets out on the closing circuit course. The field follows him some 11 seconds later.

     

  46. 17:54:10 CEST

    They have Grivko in their sights now, and it won't be much longer until he is caught.

     

  47. 17:54:47 CEST

    He is caught with 14.2 km to go. Can we look for a mass sprint finish here?

  48. 17:57:18 CEST

    Orica-GreenEdge puling the long, spread-out field along. 

     

  49. 17:58:53 CEST

    11 km to go, and one more climb. 

     

  50. 9km remaining from 219km

    18:01:30 CEST

    AS they head up a 9% section of this final climb AG2R has moved to take over th elead work. And an attack by a Katusha rider! It is Kolobnev.

     

  51. 18:02:33 CEST

    Kolobnev has 15 seconds already.

     

  52. 18:04:20 CEST

    Nieve is giving chase and has nearly caught the leader.  Now he is on. 

     

  53. 18:04:59 CEST

    The Sky rider in fact goes right on by. More and more riders are now moving up, and Kolobnev is falling back. 

     

  54. 18:05:53 CEST

    Rodriguez is now alone in the lead. The Tour didn't turn out as he wanted and he is looking to make up for that. 

     

  55. 18:06:44 CEST

    Valverde has caught Rodriguez. Nieve and Albasini are chasing. 

     

  56. 18:07:40 CEST

    We now hear it is Yates and not Albasini.

     

  57. 18:08:02 CEST

    6km to go, by the way. We doubt the action is over!

     

  58. 18:09:47 CEST

    We now have a lead group of Valverde, Rodriguez, Mollema, Nieve and A. Yates, with 4.2km to go.

     

  59. 18:10:32 CEST

    Yates has crashed, and Valverde is alone in the lead. 

     

  60. 18:11:22 CEST

    With 3 km to go, Valverde has a lead on Mollema, Rodriguez and Nieve. 

     

  61. 18:13:27 CEST

    Valverde has 9 seconds. He too is looking to atone for an unsatisfactory Tour de France. 

     

  62. 18:14:05 CEST

    This just in, from our Dan Benson: Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff Saxo) has been provisionally suspended UCI Anti-doping Commission.  

     We will have more later. 

  63. 18:14:43 CEST

    Valverde has this one wrapped up. The only question is who will be second and third.

     

  64. 18:15:31 CEST

    He raises his arms in victory as he takes the win. Molllema wins the sprint for second, with Rodriguez taking third. 

     

  65. 18:17:55 CEST

    This is Valverde's second victory in this race, having previously won it in 2008.

     

  66. 18:20:47 CEST

    Mollema and Rodriguez crossed the finish line 14 seconds behind Valverde.

     

  67. 18:23:03 CEST

    Our top seven today:

    1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team

    2Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:14

    3Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha

    4Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky

    5Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol0:00:26

    6Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol

    7Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing

     

  68. 18:28:00 CEST

    Thanks for joining us today! Hope you enjoyed that dramatic ending as much as we did.