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Barredo wins wet San Sebastián Classic

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.

Read the live report.

1Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step5:37:00
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
3Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence-Lotto0:00:07
4Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
5Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream
6Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
7Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
8Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha
9Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
10Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad
11Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence-Lotto
12Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank
13Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux
14Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step
15Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana
16Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Saxo Bank
17Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
18David De La Fuente (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
19Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
20Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
21Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
22Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
23Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
24Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
25Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - Highroad
26Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Astana
27Chris Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
28Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - N.G.C.
29Jerome Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
30Stephane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
31Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
32Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence-Lotto
33Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step
34Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
35Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
36Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:00
37Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha
38Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:02:19
39Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:02:21
40Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
41David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:03:09
42Matthieu Sprick (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:03:18
43Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto
44Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
45Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
46Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram0:04:52
47Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha
48Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step
49Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad0:05:49
50Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:58
51Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
52Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas
53Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Liquigas
54Lasse Bochmann (Den) Team Saxo Bank
55Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha
56Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:45
57Jose Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:09:24
58Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:10:52
59Javier Echarri (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
60Aitor Perezarrieta (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
61Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram
62Martin Velits (Svk) Team Milram
63Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia - Highroad
64Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Slipstream
65Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
66Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team Columbia - Highroad
67Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank
68Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - Highroad
69Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
70Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad
71Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
72Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana
73Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
74Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
75Jean-Charles Senac (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
76Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
77Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom
78Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas
79Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Katusha
80Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha
81Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux
82Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank
83Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:10:56
84Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
85Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
86Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom
87Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream
88Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
89Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
90Jeremy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:11:59
DNSMikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFFrantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - Highroad
DNFValeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana
DNFBerik Kupeshov (Kaz) Astana
DNFJose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Astana
DNFJesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana
DNFSteve Morabito (Swi) Astana
DNFFranco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
DNFMurilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas
DNFAlessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas
DNFBranislau Samoilau (Blr) Amica Chips - Knauf
DNFAndy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
DNFJonathan Bellis (GBr) Team Saxo Bank
DNFSebastian Lang (Ger) Silence-Lotto
DNFStaf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence-Lotto
DNFJürgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence-Lotto
DNFJelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto
DNFOscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank
DNFJuan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank
DNFBram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
DNFPablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFGorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNFPaolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
DNFChristian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
DNFDavid Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
DNFTimothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
DNFJose Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFAlexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFNicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFLeonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFBingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFDavid Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFChristophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFStephane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFAmael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFRémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFSandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux
DNFSebastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux
DNFRemy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux
DNFLinus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
DNFPaul Voss (Ger) Team Milram
DNFOlivier Bonnaire (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
DNFGuillaume Le Floch (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
DNFEvgeny Sokolov (Rus) BBox Bouygues Telecom
DNFJose Alberto Benitez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
DNFEros Capecchi (Ita) Fuji-Servetto
DNFRobert Kiserlovski (Cro) Amica Chips - Knauf
DNFHector Gonzalez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
DNFArkaitz Duran (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
DNFBenat Intxausti (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
DNFDionisio Galparsoro (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
DNFMikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
DNFJulian Sanchez (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
DNFAdrian Palomares (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo


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