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2018 Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta (1.1), Spain

64th Edition: Sunday, April 8, 2018

Klasika Primavera podium history | 2017 edition | Start list

Amorebieta - Amorebieta, 171.6 km

Andreey Amador

Andrey Amador wins just in front of his teammate Alejandro Valverde

The race: Here's the report from winner Andrey Amador's Movistar team.

Andrey Amador was able to bring a victory to his daughter Gretta, born two months ago, and taste the sweet flavor of victory for the second time in Movistar Team colours, almost six years after his stage win in the 2012 Giro d’Italia. The 31-year-old allrounder from Costa Rica showed his impressive form on Sunday’s Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta (171km), covered under the rain almost entirely and controlled all-day-long by the telephone squad. Early work from Jaime Castrillo, Rafa Valls, Winner Anacona and Rubén Fernández, plus some attacks by Carlos Betancur to spice things up in the opening climbs, led to Andrey’s decisive one-two move alongside Alejandro Valverde, less than 20km before the finish.

The two Blues jumped from a 20-rider selected field at the third climb to Montecalvo, and after getting together into the descent to Zugastieta, they started a ‘duo TT’ which Strakhov (LOK) tried to bring back. The Russian, however, wasn’t able to connect with the duo at the Autzagane ascent, and the two Movistar Team riders crossed the finish in Zornotza with 10″ over a five-man pursuit where Carlos Betancur got incredibly close to a podium sweep: 4th, behind Colombia’s Wilmar Paredes (MZN).

Amador’s sucess in the 13th for the Spanish outfit -the fifth blue to claim a win in 2018, after Valverde, Landa, Soler and Dayer Quintana-, 14 if we consider the quick ‘response’ by his team-mate Mavi García in Noja, minutes later. For Valverde, this result in Amorebieta is a further confirmation of his excellent form before the upcoming Ardennes trio.

REACTION / Andrey Amador:
“I’m super happy – I almost can’t believe I’ve won, because I had spent so much time without a victory. However, I knew I had things right, trained so hard in the winter – I just needed some good luck. I crashed hard in Harelbeke, hurt my ribs, wasn’t able to do well in he first classics and ended up missing both De Ronde and Roubaix. But see, I was then taken to an alternate calendar after this and, I’ve just taken this win in Amorebieta… Just incredible!

“The team was sensational today, and the first thing I’ve got to do is thank them all, and especially Alejandro. He’s a big champion, but above all, a great man. He didn’t want the victory, otherwise I’d have finished second! (laughs). We controlled the race well, made a big selection into the first couple of climbs and I got into a group of four, five riders. I decided to accelerate later on and once I was alone, I just continued to push. I saw Alejandro coming back, waited for him and we covered those last kilometers together.

“This victory really makes me confident for what’s to come. Now it’s time to work hard for Alejandro in the Ardennes, and then ride the Tour de Romandie. I did some good preparations for this first half of the season and feel strong, both my legs and my mind. I just lacked that extra luck, and it finally came today. This victory goes to my little baby, Gretta. She’s changed everything in my life, and made me focus even more and try to be an example for her in every single aspect.”

Complete Results:

171.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.822 km/hr

1 AMADOR Andrey Movistar 4hr 6min 11sec
2 VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar s.t.
3 PAREDES Wilmar Manzana Postobon @ 10sec
4 BETANCUR Carlos Movistar s.t.
5 STRAKHOV Dmitry Lokosphinx s.t.
6 VELOSO Gustavo Cesar W52/FC Porto s.t.
7 SCHULTZ Nick Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
8 EVTUSHENKO Alexander Lokosphinx 0:26
9 HIGUITA Sergio Andres Manzana Postobon 0:30
10 SUAZA Bernardo Manzana Postobon s.t.
11 MCNULTY Brandon Rally Cycling s.t.
12 FERNÁNDEZ Rubén Movistar s.t.
13 RODRIGUEZ Oscar Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
14 ELLSAY Nigel Rally Cycling 0:33
15 SIERRA Yecid Arturo Manzana Postobon s.t.
16 VDOVIN Alexander Lokosphinx 2:56
17 RUBIO Diego Burgos-BH 3:29
18 ORONTE Emerson Rally Cycling s.t.
19 BARCELO Fernando Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
20 GARCIA Ricardo Team Euskadi s.t.
21 INKELAAR Kevin Polartec-Kometa s.t.
22 OSORIO Juan Felipe Manzana Postobon s.t.
23 FERRARI Fabricio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
24 TXOPERENA Beñat Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
25 VINHAS Rui W52/FC Porto s.t.
26 GUTIERREZ Jose Massi-Kuwait Team s.t.
27 REGUERO Gabriel VIB Sports s.t.
28 AZURMENDI Ibai Team Euskadi s.t.
29 SILVA Joaquim Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
30 BIZKARRA Mikel Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
31 CARPENTER Robin Rally Cycling 3:33
32 RODRIGUES Joao W52/FC Porto 3:34
33 STASH Mamyr Lokosphinx 3:36
34 FERNÁNDEZ Egoitz Team Euskadi 3:38
35 LOPEZ Juan Antonio Team Euskadi s.t.
36 SOKOLOV Dmitry Lokosphinx 3:45
37 MARTIN Gotzon Team Euskadi 4:18
38 FONTE César W52/FC Porto 4:30
39 ANDERSON Ryan Rally Cycling 4:32
40 CARVALHO Antonio W52/FC Porto s.t.
41 CELANO Danilo Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
42 CUBERO Jorge Burgos-BH 6:31
43 VALIENTE Eric VIB Sports s.t.
44 REIS Rafael Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 7:20
45 MITRI James Burgos-BH s.t.
46 SAMOLENKOV Artem Lokosphinx s.t.
47 SVESHNIKOV Kirill Lokosphinx s.t.
48 GOIKOETXEA Peio Team Euskadi s.t.
49 JUARISTI Txomin Team Euskadi s.t.
50 CAMACHO Juan Polartec-Kometa 10:15
51 BALLESTEROS Miguel Polartec-Kometa s.t.
52 PENA Wilson Estiben Polartec-Kometa s.t.
53 PARRA Jordan Arley Manzana Postobon s.t.
54 SALAS Ibai Burgos-BH 12:28
55 BARRENETXEA Ander Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
56 VILELA Ricardo Manzana Postobon s.t.
57 COSTA Axel VIB Sports s.t.
58 HABTOM Awet Polartec-Kometa s.t.
59 MAGNER Ty Rally Cycling 12:30
60 UDONDO Gotzon Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
61 SERRANO Gonzalo Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
62 MALATSETXEBARRIA Oskar Massi-Kuwait Team s.t.

Start list with back numbers, April 7, 2018:

MOVISTAR
1 AMADOR Andrey
2 ANACONA Winner Andrew
3 BETANCUR Carlos
4 CASTRILLO Jaime
5 FERNANDEZ Rubén
6 VALLS FERRI Rafael
7 VALVERDE Alejandro
BURGOS-BH
11 RUBIO Diego
12 SALAS Ibai
13 MITRI James
14 ROBREDO Alvaro
15 MAMYKIN Matvei
16 CUBERO Jorge
17 SESSLER Nicolas
CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
21 CELANO Danilo
22 SCHULTZ Nicholas
23 FERRARI Fabricio
24 REIS Rafael Ferreira
25 SILVA Joaquim
26 SERRANO Gonzalo
27 BENITO Miguel
EUSKADI BASQUE COUNTRY-MURIAS
31 BARRENETXEA URIARTE Ander
32 BIZKARRA ETXEGIBEL Mikel
33 PRADES REVERTE Eduard
34 BARCELÓ ARAGÓN Fernando
35 TXOPERENA MATXIKOTE Beñat
36 RODRIGUEZ GARAIKOETXEA Óscar
37 UDONDO SANTAMARIA Gotzon
MANZANA POSTOBON
41 PARRA ARIAS Jordan Arley
42 SIERRA SANCHEZ Yecid Arturo
43 OSORIO ARBOLEDA Juan Felipe
44 PAREDES ZAPATA Wilmar Andrés
45 HIGUITA GARCIA Sergio Andres
46 SUAZA ARANGO Bernardo
47 VILELA Ricardo
TEAM EUSKADI
51 FERNÁNDEZ Egoitz
52 GARCIA Ricardo
53 GOIKOETXEA Peio
54 LÓPEZ-COZAR Juan
55 JUARISTI Txomin
56 AZURMENDI Ibai
57 MARTIN Gotzon
POLARTEC KOMETA
61 BALLESTEROS Miguel Angel
62 PENA Wilson Steven
63 CANTON SERRANO Isaac
64 HABTOM Awet
65 SEVILLA Diego Pablo
66 CAMACHO DEL FRESNO Juan
67 INKELAAR Kevin
DARE GAVIOTA
71 GONZALEZ BAEZA Hector
72 KOCH Leon
73 SANCHEZ CABALLERO Oscar
74 ORSET Jonas
75 FOLDVIK Odin
76 GARCIA MARTINEZ Eduardo
JAVA PARTIZAN
81 TIGRINE Mehdi
82 KEUSER Andreas
83 FORD Martin
84 GALOVIC Andrej
85 SCHILS Dominic
LOKOSPHINX
91 SOKOLOV Dmitry
92 SAMOLENKOV Artem
93 STRAKHOV Dmitrii
94 EVTUSHENKO Alexander
95 STASH Mamyr
96 SVESHNIKOV Kirill
97 VDOVIN Alexander
MASSI - KUWAIT TEAM
101 CASENY CATALA Ruben
102 MALATETXEBARRIA Oskar
103 FERRER Jorge
104 REDONDO Hilari
105 GUTIERREZ José Manuel
RALLY CYCLING
111 ANDERSON Ryan
112 CARPENTER Robin
113 ELLSAY Nigel
114 JOYCE Colin
115 MAGNER Tyler
116 MCNULTY Brandon
117 ORONTE Emerson
VIB SPORTS
121 VALIENTE BONAFE Eric
122 REGUERO CORRAL Gabriel
123 WAIS Ahmad
124 COSTA SORIA Axel
125 AL MOAKEE Tarek
126 AYACHI Seif Eddine
W52/FC PORTO
131 VINHAS Rui
132 FONTE César
133 FERREIRA Tiago
134 CARVALHO Antonio
135 RODRIGUES Joao
136 CESAR VELOSO Gustavo
137 SÁNCHEZ REBOLLIDO Ángel