Yesterday was the 30th edition of the Clásica San Sebastián-San Sebastián. The route was slightly lengthened this year up to 234 Km to include decisive 7.8km Jaizkibel climb twice instead of once. For the life of my I cannot fathom how these guys are able to back it up after just finishing the TdF and racing some of the post-tour criteriums last week. It’s astounding how they can put their bodies through this much suffering.
Richie Porte (read interview here) was the only Australian racing San Sebastián. He once again proved to us that he’s more than a flash in the pan. Outstanding effort coming in 10th! Before the race he humbly twittered:
Well I must say, he definitely sniveled onto the ninth place wheel rather nicely! He was actually quite active in the race made the selection of 10 riders over the Jaizkibel. Read the full report on cyclingnews here.
Here are some Sirotti photos from the rather enjoyable looking race along the spectacular coastlines of Spain:
You can see Richie there in the background losing contact after Vino and Sanchez turned on the heat
Near the top of the Jaizkibel, Luis Leon Sanchez split the group with Vino and Sastre the only ones able to come with him
Vino was forced to lead out the sprint in the final 200m and Sanchez takes the biggest win of his career. Still no sponsor for the team next year however…
Sanchez and Sanchez
1 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
2 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
3 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
4 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack 0:00:34
5 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:00:37
6 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin – Transitions
7 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
8 Nicholas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi
10 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank Go Richie!