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San Sebastian’17: Photo Race Report!

2017 San Sebastian Photo Race Report: The man who rode himself to a standstill in the Tour de France for Chris Froome, got his just deserts in Saturday’s Clasica San Sebastian. Michal Kwiatkowski got the better of Tony Gallopin, last years victor; Bauke Mollema and Giro d’Italia winner; Tom Dumoulin at the end of the Basque one day Classic. Here is the story through the lenses of Cor Vos.

The ex-World champion had strong team support in the Basque Classic; Sky teammate Mikel Landa attacked on the final climb, taking Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) with him. Kwiatkowski crossed to the leaders with Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) for the finalé into San Sebastian.

Earlier in the race Sky’s Gianni Moscon and Mikel Nieve had both made moves off the front so their leader, Kwiatkowski could save himself for later in the race.

A tough parcours

A nice easy roll-out start from San Sebastian past the beach of La Concha.

Giro d’Italia champion, Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) was testing his legs.

Looking back across the bay at San Sebastian.

The break of the day: Loïc Chetout and Matthias Le Turnier (Cofidis), Sven Erik Bystrøm (Katusha-Alpecin), Jon Insausti (Bahran-Merida), Mickaël Delage (FDJ), Imanol Erviti (Movistar) and Christophe Pfingsten (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The peloton took it easy on the early climbs of the Meaga, Iturburu and Alkiza. The leaders had nearly 5 minutes.

The lead began to fall on the first of two circuits of the Jaizkibel and Arkale climbs.

With 70 kilometers to go the lead was down to 2 minutes.

Erviti attacked from the leaders before the his break colleagues were caught. He rode solo over the second climb of the Jaizkibel but was pulled in before the second ascent of the Arkale. The Arkale split the peloton and Moscon moved off the front in a small group with 25 kilometers to go, eventually going solo. His move was closed down 10 kilometers out. Nieve was next to go, but he was caught at the base of the Iturba climb.

Bauke Mollema was one of the few who could follow the attack of Landa.

Mollema powered the final break. Greg Van Avermaet and Nico Roche (BMC), Simon Yates (Orica-Scott), Warren Barguil (Sunweb), Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates), Jan Bakelants and Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Rigoberto Urán (Cannondale-Drapac) were part of a chase group.

Dumoulin attacked, but it was Mollema who chased him down with Gallopin and Kwiatkowski on his wheel. Coming into the final meters Kwiatkowski was perfectly placed to take the sprint from Gallopin and 2016 winner, Mollema.

Anthony Roux (FDJ) won the sprint for 7th place ahead of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) 38 seconds behind the man from Sky.

Tour de France second overall, Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) trailed in at the back of the chase group in 23rd place.

Haimar Zubeldia (Trek-Segafredo) took a bow to his home fans at the finish of his last professional race. We spoke to Haimar a few years ago, you can catch up with the interview HERE.

Mikel Kwiatkowski added the Clasica San Sebastian to his palmarés of World champion, Strade Bianche (twice), Amstel Gold Race, E3 Harelbeke and Milan Sanremo. He also now has a very special ‘txapela’.

2017 San Sebastian Result:
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky in 5:52:53
2. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
3. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
4. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb
5. Mikel Landa (Spa) Sky at 0:02
6. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac at 0:28
7. Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ at 0:38
8. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
9. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10. Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC
11. Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
12. Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
13. Warren Barguil (Fra) Sunweb
14. Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana
15. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
16. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky
17. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
18. Simon Yates (GB) Orica-Scott
19. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
20. Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates
21. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNl-Jumbo
22. Mikel Nieve (Spa) Sky
23. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac
24. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:21
25. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar.

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