Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quickstep) won the Clasica San Sebastian with a spectacular solo effort. Greg van Avermaet (Team CCC) finished 2nd and Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb) placed 3rd.
It was a tough 226km of climbing around the beautiful San Sebastian that the World Tour peloton had to contend with today. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was looking to our Czech climber, Roman Kreuziger, to carry some of his Tour de France form into today’s race and achieve a top result.
The tough course slowly eliminated the weaker riders and still with 40km to go, there was already a large number of riders dropped from the main peloton. Kreuziger was not looking troubled at this point as he also had Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Louis Meintjes and Danilo Wyss with him in the main group.
The penultimate climb of the race saw a greater selection take place as only 45-odd riders survived over the top, to contend the final 36km. It was in the valley, heading toward the final climb, where Evenepoel and Tom Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) then attacked the group and gained a 40″ advantage before hitting the final climb.
Evenepoel rode the Latvian off his wheel on the climb and he wouldn’t be seen again. From the chase group, Kreuziger lost contact with the other main contenders on the climb to form part of chase group 2. With just 9km to go from the top of the final climb to the finish, Kreuziger rode home to a credible 17th place finish.