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2014 Clásica de San Sebastián (World Tour), Spain

34th edition: Saturday, August 2, 2014

Classica San Sebastian podium history | 2013 edition | 2015 edition | Live updates | Photos | Race profile | Start list with dossards |

Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde shows the peloton a clean set of wheels. Photo ©Sirotti

Donostia - Donostia, 219.2 km

The Race: What a terrific race! With a little more than three kilometers to go Alejandro Valverde attacked the break he was in and soloed to the finish fourteen seconds ahead of his nearest chasers.

The first move to stick was made by Caja Rural rider Amets Txurruka, who was gone before the race was 40 kilometers old. Though he had been allowed a gap of six minutes, with 65 kms remaining, he had less than two minutes in hand.

Txurruka was caught on the first ascent of the Jaizkibel that saw seven riders get clear: Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma), David Lopez (Sky), Alberto Losada (Katusha), Matteo Monteguti (Ag2r). Though it was a quality break, the pack wasn't going to let it run away with the race.

On the Arkale, with 30 km to go, the seven were captured. Astana rider Andrey Grivko put in a huge effort on the climb and escaped, at one point getting a lead of more than a half-minute. But that was not to be either and a Katusha-led peloton reeled in Grivko with 14 km to go.

That left things to be decided on the tiny, tree-shaded road going up the Bordako Tontorra with its 9% gradient. Joaquin Rodriguez blasted away, going so fast he had to shoo the photographer's motorcycle out of the way. Alejandro Valverde was up to Rodriguez very quickly and soon also were Bauke Mollema, Mikel Nieve and Adam Yates.

On the descent Yates crashed and Valverde made himself scarce. Valverde pounded out the few remaining kilometers with his hands up on the brake levers. That was the race. He had time to zip up his jersey and give a two-armed salute to the crowd.

Rodriguez led out the sprint for second, but Bauke Mollema was easily the fastest of the chasing trio.

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 39.712 km/hr

1 Alejandro Valverde Movistar 5hr 31min 11sec
2 Bauke Mollema Belkin @ 14 seconds
3 Joaquim Rodriguez Katusha s.t.
4 Mikel Nieve SKY s.t.
5 Tony Gallopin Lotto-Belisol 26″
6 Jelle Vanendert Lotto-Belisol s.t.
7 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing s.t.
8 Greg Van Avermaet BMC 40″
9 Giovanni Visconti Movistar s.t.
10 Zdenek Stybar Omega Pharma-Quick Step 43″
11 Alexandr Kolobnev Katusha s.t.
12 Arnold Jeannesson FDJ s.t.
13 Jose Serpa Lampre-Merida s.t.
14 Tom Jelte Slagter Garmin-Sharp s.t.
15 Anthony Roux FDJ s.t.
16 Tanel Kangert Astana s.t.
17 Thomas Voeckler Europcar s.t.
18 Romain Bardet Ag2r s.t.
19 Kristijan Durasek Lampre-Merida s.t.
20 Nicolas Roche Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
21 Steven Kruijswijk Belkin 49″
22 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale 54″
23 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma-Quick Step 1' 35″
24 Jens Keukeleire Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
25 Daniel Martin Garmin-Sharp s.t.
26 Maxim Iglinskiy Astana s.t.
27 Romain Sicard Europcar s.t.
28 Jan Bakelants Omega Pharma-Quick Step s.t.
29 André Cardoso Garmin-Sharp 1' 40″
30 Nelson Oliveira Lampre-Merida 2′05″
31 Daan Olivier Giant-Shimano s.t.
32 Michael Albasini Orica-GreenEdge s.t.
33 Eugenio Alafaci Trek Factory Racing 2' 44″
34 Patrick Gretsch Ag2r s.t.
35 Chris Anker Sorensen Tinkoff-Saxo 2' 59″
36 Cyril Gautier Europcar s.t.
37 Laurent Didier Trek Factory Racing s.t.
38 Pello Bilbao Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
39 Jesus Herrada Movistar s.t.
40 Stijn Devolder Trek Factory Racing 3′10″
41 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
42 Stef Clement Belkin 3′25″
43 Adam Yates Orica-GreenEdge 3′57″
44 Tim Wellens Lotto-Belisol 4′3″
45 Dennis Vanendert Lotto-Belisol s.t.
46 Louis Verbaeke Lotto-Belisol 4′11″
47 Pavel Kochetkov Katusha s.t.
48 Igor Anton Movistar 5′29″
49 Jose Herrada Movistar s.t.
50 David Lopez SKY s.t.
51 Mikel Landa Astana s.t.
52 Alberto Losada Katusha s.t.
53 Yury Trofimov Katusha s.t.
54 Andriy Grivko Astana s.t.
55 Thomas Damuseau Giant-Shimano s.t.
56 Mikael Cherel Ag2r s.t.
57 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin s.t.
58 Tejay Van Garderen BMC s.t.
59 Michal Golas Omega Pharma-Quick Step 6′11″
60 Christian Knees SKY 6′33″
61 Rinaldo Nocentini Ag2r 8′00″
62 Matteo Montaguti Ag2r s.t.
63 Fabio Sabatini Cannondale 11′36″
64 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
65 Nathan Earle SKY s.t.
66 Jan Polanc Lampre-Merida s.t.
67 Valerio Agnoli Astana s.t.
68 Boy Van Poppel Trek Factory Racing s.t.
69 Markel Irizar Trek Factory Racing s.t.
70 Dylan Van Baarle Garmin-Sharp s.t.
71 Lluis Mas Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
72 David Arroyo Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
73 Amaël Moinard BMC s.t.
74 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 14′24″
75 Aleksandr Kuschynski Katusha s.t.
76 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
77 Tosh Van Der Sande Lotto-Belisol s.t.
78 Axel Domont Ag2r s.t.
79 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Giant-Shimano s.t.
80 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma-Quick Step s.t.
81 Edward Beltran Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
82 Chad Haga Giant-Shimano s.t.
83 Kenny Elissonde FDJ s.t.
84 Jeremy Roy FDJ s.t.
85 Dmitry Kozontchuk Katusha s.t.
86 Yukiya Arashiro Europcar s.t.
87 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing s.t.
88 Lawson Craddock Giant-Shimano s.t.
89 Hubert Dupont Ag2r s.t.
90 Alexey Lutsenko Astana s.t.
91 Tom Stamsnijder Giant-Shimano s.t.
92 Simon Geschke Giant-Shimano 14′51″
93 Javier Aramendia Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 16′02″
94 Fernando Grijalba Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
95 Antonio Molina Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s/t/


Andrey grivko

Andrey Grivko's break looked good for a while. Photo ©Sirotti

Movistar and Katusha

Movistar and Katusha kept things bottled up pretty tightly. Photo © Sirotti

Alejandro Valverde

They're waaay back there...Photo ©Sirotti

Bauke Mollema wins the sprint for second place

Bauke Mollema (Belkin) wins the sprint for second place. Photo ©Sirotti

Joaquin Rodriguez

Joaquin Rodriguez had to settle for third. Photo ©Sirotti

Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde displays the results when the strongest man rides a perfect race. Photo ©Sirotti

2014 pdoium

2014 podium, from left: Bauke Mollema, Alejandro Valverde and Joaquin Rodriguez. Photo © Sirotti

Live Updates:

Weather at San Sebastian at 4:05 PM local time: Beautiful day for a bike race: 26C (78F), sunny, wind from the north at 11 km/hr (7 mph). Humidity 57%

The finish: Valverde zips up his jersey and takes the victory after a perfectly executed attack. Rodriguez leads out the sprint for second, and Mollema comes around him. Greg Van Avermaet wins the field sprint.

1 km to go: Valverde looks good. He's got his hands on the tops of the brake levers and leads the chasing trio by 11 seconds.

2 km to go: Valverde has 6 seconds.

3 km to go: Poo! Adam Yates crashed on the descent. Valverde is alone, off the front.

5 km to go: Valverde and Rodriguez are together on the descent. Bauke Mollema, Mikel Nieve and Adam Yates have made it up to Rodriguez and Valverde.

7 km to go: Joaquin Rodriguez is off the front. He waves the camera motocycle away. Alejandro Valverde makes it up to Rodriguez. Albasini isn't far behind. No, it's Adam Yates and Mikel Nieve.

8 km to go: Kolobnev has 16 seconds. Several riders are scrambling to get up to Kolobnev. Mikel Nieve (Sky) goes right on by Kolobnev. Here comes Rodriguez and Valverde.

9 km to go: 9% gradient. Kolobnev (Katusha) attacks. It's a tiny road.

10 km to go: On the final climb on a narrow tree-shaded road. It's gruppo compatto, led by Ag2r.

14 km to go: Katusha riders leading the pack catch Grivko. Belkin and Lotto are moving up.

16 km to go: The race is coursing along the beachfront. Grivko starts the finishing loop with only 7 seconds.

18 km to go: Katusha joins the chase and the peloton is nose to butt. Grivko still has 24 seconds.

20 km to go: Grivko is turning a big-assed gear and has pushed the gap out to 36 seconds. Movistar still has several riders at the front of the peloton. Grivko tightens both shoes.

22 km to go: 29 seconds! Movistar is at the front of the peloton.

24 km to go: Grivko is muscling his bike, all over it. He's got 16 seconds. Now 22 seconds.

31 km to go: On the 6.3% Arkale it looks like all the breakaways have been brought back. On the descent it looks like Katusha and Orica on the front. The peloton is lined out. An Astana rider looks like he's trying his luck. It's Andrey Grivko.

32 km to go: Bam! There goes Albasini.

34 km to go: It looks like the pack has decided this break is not going to be allowed to run away with the race.The break is climbing again, but they have only 11 seconds on a Simon Gerrans- and Michael Albasini-led peloton. Gerrans looks serious as he goes about dishing out a full helping of pain.

40 km to go: Orica-Greenedge missed this break and are helping to control the gap, which is 34 seconds. Trek is helping the chase as well.

So, off the front: Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma), David Lopez (Sky), Alberto Losada (Katusha), Matteo Monteguti (Ag2r)

45 km to go: The chasing trio has closed the gap up to the lead quartet. The bridging trio is Jan Bakelenats, Alberto Losada, and Laurens Ten Dam. That makes seven pretty strong riders. They are 48 seconds ahead of the peloton.

49 km to go: The chasing trio (no names yet) are within 12 seconds of the Visconti quartet as they negotiate the twisting Jaizkibel descent. It looks like the quartet is working well together. The peloton is about 42 seconds behind the leaders.

54 km to go: The main peloton went over the crest about a half-minute after the four leaders. There is a trio in the middle trying to bridge.

55 km to go: Sky rider David Lopez-Garcia has gone clear on the Jaizkibel with another kilometer of hill left. He's been joined by Giovanni Visconti, Matteo Monteguti and Alessandro de Marchi.

60 km to go: Txurruka is caught and there are still five Movistar riders at the front of the field as they ascend the Jaizkibel. The peleton is still faily good-sized.

61.2 km to go: Txurruka is on the Jaizkibel climb but I don't think he'll be allowed many more moments of freedom. His gap is only 8 seconds. There have been some notable abandons including Peter Sagan and Philippe Gilbert.

64.4 km to go out of 219.2 km: Caja Rural rider Amets Txurruka scooted off the front before the race was thirty kilometers old. He's 1min 45sec in front of a Movistar-led field.

Clásica San Sebastian profile:

Clasica San Sebastian profile

Start list with dossards (back numbers), July 31, 2014:

Manager: Mario Aerts
1 Tony Gallopin
2 Stig Broeckx
3 Sean De Bie
4 Tosh Van Der Sande
5 Louis Verbaeke
6 Dennis Vanendert
7 Jelle Vanendert
8 Tim Wellens
Manager: Davide Bramati
11 Zdenek Stybar
12 Julian Alaphilippe
13 Jan Bakelants
14 Michal Golas
15 Gianni Meersman
16 Julien Vermote
17 Pieter Serry
18 Carlos Verona
           Manager: José Luis Arrieta
21 Alejandro Valverde
22 Igor Anton
23 Jonathan Castroviejo
24 Jesus Herrada
25 Jose Herrada
26 Beñat Intxausti
27 Joaquin Rojas Jose
28 Giovanni Visconti
Managers: Philippe Maduit
31 Nicolas Roche
32 Michael Valgren
33 Jesper Hansen
34 Edward Beltran
35 Chris Anker Sorensen
36 Sergio Paulinho
37 Michael Rogers
38 Ivan Rovny
            Ag2r-La Mondiale
        Manager: Didier Janner
41 Jean-Christophe Peraud
42 Romain Bardet
43 Hubert Dupont
44 Ben Gastauer
45 Julian Kern
46 Mikael Cherel
47 Matteo Montaguti
48 Rinaldo Nocentini
Manager: José Azevedo
51 Joaquim Rodriguez
52 Vladimir Gusev
53 Alexandr Kolobnev
54 Dmitry Kozontchuk
55 Aleksandr Kuschynski
56 Alberto Losada
57 Daniel Moreno
58 Yury Trofimov
Managers: Valerio Piva
61 Philippe Gilbert
62 Tejay Van Garderen
63 Darwin Atapuma
64 Silvan Dillier
65 Martin Kohler
66 Daniel Oss
67 Peter Stetina
68 Greg Van Avermaet
Manager: Erik Dekker
71 Bauke Mollema
72 Laurens Ten Dam
73 Lars Boom
74 Stef Clement
75 Jonathan Hivert
76 Steven Kruijswijk
77 Jos Van Emden
78 Nick Van Der Lijke
Manager: Dan Frost
81 Mikel Nieve
82 Ian Boswell
83 Nathan Earle
84 Vasil Kiryienka
85 Christian Knees
86 David Lopez
87 Danny Pate
88 Xabier Zandio
Manager: Kim Andersen
91 Haimar Zubeldia
92 Frank Schleck
93 Eugenio Alafaci
94 Stijn Devolder
95 Laurent Didier
96 Boy Van Poppel
97 Markel Irizar
98 Jasper Stuyven
Manager: Joxean 'Matxin'  Fernandez
101 Davide Cimolai
102 Kristijan Durasek
103 Elia Favilli
104 Jan Polanc
105 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze 
106 Nelson Oliveira
107 Jose Serpa
108 Rafael Valls
Manager: Neil Stephens
111 Michael Albasini
112 Matthew Goss
113 Damien Howson
114 Leigh Howard
115 Jens Keukeleire
116 Jens Mouris
117 Adam Yates
118 Simon Yates
Manager: Bingen Fernandez
121 André Cardoso
122 Tom Jelte Slagter 
123 Daniel Martin
124 Lachlan Morton
125 Ramunas Navardauskas
126 Nick Nuyens
127 Dylan Van Baarle
128 Johan Van Summeren
Manager: Addy Engels
131 Simon Geschke
132 Lawson Craddock
133 Thomas Damuseau
135 Chad Haga
136 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg
137 Daan Olivier
138 Tom Stamsnijder
Manager: Giuseppe Martinelli
141 Lieuwe Westra
142 Borut Bozic
143 Valerio Agnoli
144 Andriy Grivko
145 Maxim Iglinskiy
146 Tanel Kangert
147 Mikel Landa
148 Alexey Lutsenko
Manager: Mariuzzo Dario
151 Peter Sagan
152 Alberto Bettiol
153 Maciej Bodnar
154 Alessandro De Marchi
155 Michel Koch
156 Paolo Longo Borghini
157 Fabio Sabatini
158 Jean Marc Marino
Manager: Yvon Madiot
161 Pierrick Fedrigo
162 Mickael Delage
163 Kenny Elissonde
164 Arnold Jeannesson
165 Anthony Roux
166 Jeremy Roy
167 Benoit Vaugrenard
168 Arthur Vichot
Manager: Andy Flickinger
171 Pierre Rolland
172 Yukiya Arashiro
173 Cyril Gautier
174 Fabrice Jeandesboz
175 Alexandre Pichot
176 Perrig Quemeneur
177 Thomas Voeckler
178 Romain Sicard
Manager: Eugenio Goikoetxea
181 David Arroyo
182 Amets Txurruka
183 Javier Aramendia
184 Pello Bilbao
185 Antonio Molina
186 Fernando Grijalba
187 Lluis Mas
188 Antonio Piedra