Valverde taking the first stage at this years Tour de France

Valverde taking the first stage at this year's Tour de France

Alejandro Valverde of Caisse d’Epargne won today’s Clásica San Sebastián. Valverde outsprinted a group of about ten riders including Davide Rebellin, Paolo Bettini, Franco Pellizotti, Denis Menchov and Samuel Sánchez.

The group formed after Bettini’s Quick Step team put the hammer down in the final kilometers, leading into the Cat. 3 Alto de Arkale climb 16km from the finish. Bettini attacked twice on the climb and whittled the peloton down to about a dozen riders.

Silence-Lotto’s Yaroslav Popovych and Rebellin also took flyers in the final kilometers, but were drawn back by Valverde’s teammates.

In the final kilometer no one could match Valverde’s finishing power. he jumped first and held off CSC’s Alexandre Kolobnev for the win.

Clásica de San Sebastián is famous for its spectacular views of the coastline and its winding, undulating terrain which strongly favours aggressive riding. The current race route is approximately 227 kilometres in length and includes the tough Alto de Jaizkibel climb at around the 200 kilometre mark.


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