After escaping on the final climb, Julian Alaphilippe sprints to victory in Clásica San Sebastián Saturday in Spain.
After escaping on the final climb with Bauke Mollema, Julian Alaphilippe out-sprinted the Trek-Segafredo rider to win Clásica San Sebastián Saturday in Spain.
Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) is coming off of a sterling Tour de France that saw him win the king of the mountains classification as well as two stages. French champion Anthony Roux (Groupama-FDJ) was third in the sprint from a small chase group at the end of the 228.7km race.
“I’ve had a good season,” said Alaphilippe. “I was well placed for this sprint. I waited until the last moment because I knew the climb was very difficult and when Mollema decided to go for it I followed him.”
The finale was marred by a major crash in the peloton on a straight road that caught out a few favorites with around 20 kilometers to go.
Most notably, climbers Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Egan Bernal (Team Sky) were forced to abandon due to injuries. Emergency staff put a neck brace on Landa before moving him onto a stretcher. Bernal was also taken off the road on a stretcher.
Colombian Bernal suffered “a serious facial trauma.”
“He is awake and talking. He has had a precautionary scan to assess for further injuries which revealed a nasal fracture and maxillary injury,” Team Sky said in a statement.
The 21-year-old will remain in hospital overnight for observation and further treatment.
Movistar said Landa was left in “huge pain” with a sore back and placed in an immobilizing brace. He was set to undergo exams to determine the extent of his injuries.
LottoNL-Jumbo’s Antwan Tolhoek hit out with about nine kilometers to go on the early slopes of Alto de Murgil.
As the slope pitched up to 17 percent gradient, he was joined by Groupama-FDJ’s Rudy Molard. The duo had a slight lead over the chase group of four riders, but it wouldn’t hold.
Mollema rode clear and caught the early escapees. He was followed by Alaphilippe over the top of the last climb.
Tolhoek and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) chased about 30 seconds behind into the final kilometer, but they would not be able to catch the lead duo.
Alaphilippe led out the sprint with 500 meters to go, nervously checking over his shoulder to see if the chasers were approaching.
They weren’t, leaving it up to him and his Dutch companion to sprint for the win.
Mollema had no response to Alaphilippe’s turn of speed, and the Frenchman won his first Txapela Basque beret — the traditional prize given to the victor of Clásica San Sebastián.
Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian One Day Race Results
Rank Name Team Time 1 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Quick-Step Floors 6:03:45 2 MOLLEMA Bauke Trek - Segafredo ,, 3 ROUX Anthony Groupama - FDJ 0:16 4 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC Racing Team ,, 5 SIMON Julien Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,, 6 URÁN Rigoberto Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,, 7 IZAGIRRE Ion Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team ,, 8 GESINK Robert Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,, 9 KRUIJSWIJK Steven Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,, 10 TOLHOEK Antwan Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,, 11 MOLARD Rudy Groupama - FDJ 0:20 12 MARTIN Dan UAE-Team Emirates 0:43 13 SKUJIŅŠ Toms Trek - Segafredo 0:48 14 ANTÓN Igor Team Dimension Data 0:49 15 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott 0:51 16 KUZNETSOV Vyacheslav Team Katusha - Alpecin ,, 17 ULISSI Diego UAE-Team Emirates ,, 18 BILBAO Pello Astana Pro Team ,, 19 KNOX James Quick-Step Floors ,, 20 VANENDERT Jelle Lotto Soudal ,, 21 EDET Nicolas Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,, 22 ARANBURU Alex Caja Rural - Seguros RGA ,, 23 SERRY Pieter Quick-Step Floors ,, 24 FRAILE Omar Astana Pro Team 0:52 25 NIEVE Mikel Mitchelton-Scott ,, 26 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan Team Sky 1:13 27 MORABITO Steve Groupama - FDJ ,, 28 BERNARD Julien Trek - Segafredo ,, 29 CLARKE Simon Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,, 30 MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale ,, 31 BAUER Jack Mitchelton-Scott 1:40 32 MCCARTHY Jay BORA - hansgrohe 2:22 33 STALNOV Nikita Astana Pro Team ,, 34 POLANC Jan UAE-Team Emirates ,, 35 ĐURASEK Kristijan UAE-Team Emirates ,, 36 PEREZ Anthony Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,, 37 ZAKARIN Ilnur Team Katusha - Alpecin ,, 38 PARDILLA Sergio Caja Rural - Seguros RGA ,, 39 NAVARRO Daniel Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,, 40 CAVAGNA Rémi Quick-Step Floors ,, 41 AMADOR Andrey Movistar Team ,, 42 RIABUSHENKO Alexandr UAE-Team Emirates 3:32 43 SCHULTZ Nick Caja Rural - Seguros RGA ,, 44 PERNSTEINER Hermann Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team ,, 45 LASTRA Jonathan Caja Rural - Seguros RGA ,, 46 MEINTJES Louis Team Dimension Data ,, 47 EZQUERRA Jesús Burgos-BH 4:24 48 ITURRIA Mikel Euskadi - Murias ,, 49 NARVÁEZ Jhonatan Quick-Step Floors 4:26 50 DE KORT Koen Trek - Segafredo 4:49 51 DE LA CRUZ David Team Sky ,, 52 JUNGELS Bob Quick-Step Floors ,, 53 VALLS Rafael Movistar Team ,, 54 BOL Jetse Burgos-BH 5:21 55 MATTHEWS Michael Team Sunweb 5:47 56 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb ,, 57 SCHÄR Michael BMC Racing Team 6:43 58 TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb 6:55 59 KOZHATAYEV Bakhtiyar Astana Pro Team ,, 60 KUDUS Merhawi Team Dimension Data 7:54 61 CATALDO Dario Astana Pro Team ,, 62 HIRT Jan Astana Pro Team ,, 63 KING Ben Team Dimension Data 8:37 64 BOSWELL Ian Team Katusha - Alpecin ,, 65 DE LA PARTE Víctor Movistar Team ,, 66 KOCHETKOV Pavel Team Katusha - Alpecin ,, 67 BARTHE Cyril Euskadi - Murias 9:21 68 SIMÓN Jordi Burgos-BH ,, 69 RODRÍGUEZ Sergio Euskadi - Murias ,, 70 SCOTSON Miles BMC Racing Team ,, 71 FABBRO Matteo Team Katusha - Alpecin ,, 72 SMIT Willie Team Katusha - Alpecin ,, 73 OLIVEIRA Nelson Movistar Team ,, 74 AMEZQUETA Julen Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 10:15 75 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao Team Sky 10:29 76 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb ,, 77 ANACONA Winner Movistar Team ,, 78 ASGREEN Kasper Quick-Step Floors ,, 79 LAENGEN Vegard Stake UAE-Team Emirates ,, 80 DUPONT Hubert AG2R La Mondiale 11:35 81 TORRES Pablo Burgos-BH 13:31 82 MACHADO Tiago Team Katusha - Alpecin ,, Results provided by ProCyclingStats.