Preview: Classica San Sebastian


The Classica San Sebastian will take place tomorrow, as per usual, on the first weekend after the Tour de France has ended. Once it again it will be a really tough test for the World Tour peloton, and Team Dimension Data will be there to duke it out with the best.

If there was a World Tour classic that was mistaken for a monument of cycling, it would probably be the Classica San Sebastian. Although still relatively “young”, with this years race being the 38th edition, at 229km in length and covering 8 difficult categorised climbs, the Classica San Sebastian always attracts one of the strongest fields of the year.

It is a race most riders would love to have on their palmares and our African Team will be throwing its hat into the mix this Saturday. With Tom-Jelte Slagter taking his Tour de France form to San Sebastian and Louis Meintjes also set to start, our African Team will have two riders who have featured prominently in the race previously.

Steve Cummings, Igor Anton, Merhawi Kudus, Ben King and Jacques Janse van Rensburg will add further climbing prowess to our roster and we look forward to being competitive for a top result come Saturday.

Tom-Jelte Slagter
Louis Meintjes
Steve Cummings
Igor Anton
Merhawi Kudus
Ben King
Jacques Janse van Rensburg

Image explained:
On the horizon of the illustration is the Jaizikbel, it’s often a decisive climb in the Clásica San Sebastián. It’s not the last climb, in fact it’s almost slap bang in the middle of the race. Trick is you have to do it twice. It softens up the legs and can result in an empty tank by the time the riders hit the final ramps of the short but brutal Murgil climb. Descending into San Sebastián, the peloton can look forward to one of the best beaches in the world, La Concha Beach.
Find the hand.