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by Mark Zalewski
July 31, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic; Rivera adds another win at Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic; Kwiatkowski sprints to win at Clásica Ciclista San Sebastian; Modolo sprints to win in Poland as van Poppel moves into lead; Sagan wins opening stage in Poland; Tragedy strikes during Transcontinental; Niewiadoma to join Canyon-SRAM in 2018; Tosatto joins Team Sky as sport director; Evans takes Subaru National Road Series lead; Amateur masters racer caught with motor in bike; Video: Morocco – Riding in the Atlas Mountains; Video: 2321 Bidons.
Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) took the win at Clásica Ciclista San Sebastian, sprinting ahead of a five-rider finishing group to beat Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) and defending champion Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo). Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) finished in fourth with Kwiatkowski’s teammate Mikel Landa rounding out the group.
“It’s a great day. Winning this race this way was a dream for me. I’m very grateful to my team-mates. Landa played a crucial role and I want to thank him for waiting in the final,” Kwiatkowski said.
“I didn’t know how I’d feel after the Tour de France. I took some rest last week so I could prepare myself for this race. We took the responsibility from the beginning.”
The main break consisted of Cofidis’ Loïc Chetout and Matthias Le Turnier, Sven Erik Bystrom (Katusha-Alpecin), Jon Insausti (Bahran-Merida), Mickaël Delage (FDJ), Christophe Pfingsten (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Imanol Erviti (Movistar). Eventually, Erviti saw the writing on the wall and went solo as the rest of the break were caught. He lasted up and over another climb before also being caught.
The action came on the final climb, the Murgil, with the main breakaway disintegrating and Landa launching the decisive move with the other four going with him.