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2016 Clásica de San Sebastián (World Tour), Spain

36th edition: Saturday, July 30, 2016

Classica San Sebastian podium history | 2015 edition | 2017 edition | Race profile | Photos | Start list

Donostia - Donostia (Basque for the city of San Sebastián), 220.2 km

Bauke Mollema

Bauke Mollema wins San Sebastian in style.

The Race: Here's the report from winner Bauke Mollema's Trek-Segafredo team.

Bauke Mollema rebounded from the bitter disappointment one week ago when crashes ruined his podium chances at the Tour de France by soloing to his biggest, and first, WorldTour win in Clasica San Sebastian Saturday.

"The last days of the Tour de France were really disappointing for me, and this was a good way to fight back," said Mollema. "I recovered well from the Tour, and I am really happy to win, I have always loved this race and finished in the top 10. This is the first WorldTour classic I have won; I have always wanted to be on the podium of this race and have one of those Basque hats, and now I finally have one."

The World Tour Classic, a 220-kilometer run through the Basque hills, all came down to the last, steep climb where four riders emerged at the top of the 1.8-kilometer ascent with gradients exceeding 20 percent: Mollema, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).

Mollema, knowing he didn't stand a chance if it came to a sprint, caught the other three by surprise by launching an immediate attack with just over eight kilometers to go.

Mollema's advantage hovered around 10 seconds as the kilometers ticked away, and with three kilometers remaining it appeared the trio were about to tag him back. But no one wanted to make the last effort to close the gap, and his advantage grew again. Under the flamme rouge Mollema had 15 seconds, and in the final meters enough time to sit up and savor his first World Tour victory.

"Yesterday in training I did the last climb twice and three times the descent, so I knew what was coming," continued Mollema. "I was a few places behind when Rodriguez went, and it was a narrow climb, so it was difficult to pass the other riders. But I felt quite good and knew that I could close the gap in the last few hundred meters of the climb. On the top, we were four and Rodriguez slowed down a little bit, and I think that was the perfect time to go.

"I just wanted to try something, and it was a good moment for an attack, it was still 500 meters flat at the top. I tried and saw I had a gap and then it was just full gas until the finish. I think with two kilometers more or less I knew I had it. I still felt I had some power in the legs, so I was not going to blow up, and when I looked back, I didn't see the second group. I felt I could keep it until the finish – it was a nice feeling, especially in the last few hundred meters."

Gallopin won the sprint for second place ahead of Valverde, while Rodriguez missed the podium and settled for fourth.

There was perhaps no better way for Mollema to stamp out the disappointment of the Tour than with a sweet victory in a race he has always held in esteem. Mollema next heads to Brazil for the Rio Olympics, a course that suits the on-form climber.

Mollema: "I did not think about the Tour anymore today - I always like this race and I found the focus again this week and knew it was a good opportunity for me to make a good result. I think I showed I am in good form, this is a great result, and now the Olympics are coming and that is something I am really looking forward to."

Complete Results:


220.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 39.915 km/hr

1 Mollema, Bauke Trek-Segafredo 5hr 31min 00sec
2 Gallopin, Tony Lotto-Soudal @ 17sec
3 Valverde, Alejandro Movistar s.t.
4 Rodríguez, Joaquim Katusha + 00' 22''
5 Van Avermaet, Greg BMC + 00' 34''
6 Brambilla, Gianluca Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
7 Yates, Simon Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
8 Slagter, Tom-Jelte Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
9 Roche, Nicolas Sky s.t.
10 Devenyns, Dries IAM Cycling + 00' 37''
11 Roux, Anthony FDJ + 00' 50''
12 Martin, Daniel Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
13 Wellens, Tim Lotto-Soudal s.t.
14 Hermans, Ben BMC s.t.
15 Bennett, George LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
16 Yates, Adam Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
17 Sánchez, Luis León Astana s.t.
18 Zubeldia, Haimar Trek-Segafredo s.t.
19 Izagirre, Ion Movistar s.t.
20 Edet, Nicolas Cofidis s.t.
21 Vanendert, Jelle Lotto-Soudal s.t.
22 Kreuziger, Roman Tinkoff s.t.
23 Pantano, Jarlinson IAM Cycling s.t.
24 Nieve, Mikel Sky s.t.
25 Urán, Rigoberto Cannondale-Drapac + 00' 54''
26 Serry, Pieter Etixx-Quick Step + 01' 02''
27 Pauwels, Serge Dimension Data s.t.
28 Štybar, Zdenek Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
29 Kruijswijk, Steven LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
30 Grivko, Andrei Astana + 01' 17''
31 Battaglin, Enrico LottoNL-Jumbo + 01' 26''
32 Madrazo, Ángel Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
33 Oomen, Sam Giant-Alpecin s.t.
34 Chernetski, Sergei Katusha + 01' 28''
35 Vakoc, Petr Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
36 Frank, Mathias IAM Cycling + 01' 29''
37 Gautier, Cyril Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
38 Naesen, Oliver IAM Cycling + 01' 54''
39 Contador, Alberto Tinkoff s.t.
40 Siutsou, Kanstantsin Dimension Data s.t.
41 De Plus, Laurens Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
42 Visconti, Giovanni Movistar s.t.
43 Ulissi, Diego Lampre-Merida + 02' 36''
44 Petilli, Simone Lampre-Merida s.t.
45 Kennaugh, Peter Sky s.t.
46 Bilbao, Pello Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
47 Maté, Luis Angel Cofidis s.t.
48 Elissonde, Kenny FDJ s.t.
49 Zaugg, Oliver IAM Cycling s.t.
50 Silin, Egor Katusha s.t.
51 De Marchi, Alessandro BMC s.t.
52 Rossetto, Stéphane Cofidis s.t.
53 Molard, Rudy Cofidis s.t.
54 Barguil, Warren Giant-Alpecin s.t.
55 Zakarin, Ilnur Katusha s.t.
56 Kelderman, Wilco LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
57 Formolo, Davide Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
58 Gilbert, Philippe BMC + 03' 48''
59 Clarke, Simon Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
60 Zeits, Andrey Astana s.t.
61 Woods, Michael Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
62 Cataldo, Dario Astana s.t.
63 Antón, Igor Dimension Data s.t.
64 Pardilla, Sergio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
65 Péraud, Jean-Christophe Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
66 De La Cruz, David Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
67 Landa, Mikel Sky s.t.
68 Tiralongo, Paolo Astana s.t.
69 Impey, Daryl Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
70 Albasini, Michael Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
71 Latour, Pierre-Roger Ag2r La Mondiale + 04' 13''
72 Machado, Tiago Katusha + 05' 24''
73 Porte, Richie BMC s.t.
74 Houle, Hugo Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
75 Domont, Axel Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
76 Chevrier, Clément IAM Cycling s.t.
77 Koshevoy, Ilia Lampre-Merida s.t.
78 Vicioso, Ángel Katusha s.t.
79 Felline, Fabio Trek-Segafredo s.t.
80 Lagutin, Sergey Katusha s.t.
81 Rojas, José Joaquin Movistar + 06' 15''
82 Izagirre, Gorka Movistar s.t.
83 Mori, Manuele Lampre-Merida + 06' 49''
84 Jungels, Bob Etixx-Quick Step s.t.
85 Bono, Matteo Lampre-Merida s.t.
86 Villella, Davide Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
87 Sánchez, Samuel BMC + 09' 57''
88 Arroyo, David Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
89 Castroviejo, Jonathan Movistar s.t.
90 Carthy, Hugh Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
91 Moser, Moreno Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
92 Durbridge, Luke Orica-BikeExchange + 10' 02''
93 Juul-Jensen, Christopher Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
94 Haas, Nathan Dimension Data + 13' 26''
95 Txurruka, Amets Orica-BikeExchange s.t.
96 Róson, Jaime Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
97 Schär, Michael BMC s.t.
98 Vermeulen, Alexey LottoNL-Jumbo s.t.
99 Trofimov, Yuri Tinkoff s.t.
100 Kudus, Merhawi Dimension Data s.t.
101 Niyonshuti, Adrien Dimension Data s.t.
102 Rovny, Ivan Tinkoff s.t.
103 Golas, Michal Sky s.t.
104 Pineau, Cédric FDJ s.t.
105 Hernández, Jesús Tinkoff s.t.
106 Pibernik, Luka Lampre-Merida s.t.
107 Kwiatkowski, Michal Sky s.t.
108 Cherel, Mikaël Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
109 Mas, Lluís Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
110 Hesjedal, Ryder Trek-Segafredo s.t.
111 Irizar, Markel Trek-Segafredo s.t.
112 Janse van Rensburg, Jacques Dimension Data s.t.
113 López, David Sky s.t.

Race Profile

2016 San Sebastian profile

2016 Clásica de San Sebastián photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti


Cannondale-Drapac is presented before the race start

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert heads to the race start.

Bob Jungels

Bob Jungels

Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador waits for the race to begin. He finished about two minutes after winner Mollema.


The peloton races along the coast.

Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin (Etixx-Quick Step)


BMC with Ben Hermans and Greg van Avermaet

Bauke Mollema

Bauke Mollema wins the race.

Bauke Mollema

Another shot of Mollema's win

Tony Gallopin

Tony Gallopin takes second just in front of a hidden Alejandro Valverde

Juaquin Rodriguez

Joaquin Rodriguez was fourth

Greg van Avermaet

Greg van Avermaet (BMC) was fifth


The podium, from left: Tony Gallopin (2nd), Bauke Mollema and Alejandro Valverde (3rd)

Start list with back numbers, July 29, 2016:

Orica Bike Exchange
Manager: STEPHENS, Neil
1. YATES, Adam; United Kingdom
2. ALBASINI, Michael; Switzerland
3. DURBRIDGE, Luke; Australia
4. JUUL JENSEN, Christopher; Denmark
5. IMPEY, Daryl; South Africa
6. MEIER, Christian; Canada
7. TXURRUKA, Amets; Spain
8. YATES, Simon; United Kingdom
Manager: VILA, Patxi
11. CONTADOR, Alberto; Spain
12. GATTO, Oscar; Italy
13. PAULINHO, Sergio; Portugal
14. HERNANDEZ, Jesus; Spain
15. KREUZIGER, Roman; Czech Republic
16. PETROV, Evgeny; Russia
17. ROVNY, Ivan; Russia
18. TROFIMOV, Yury; Russia
Movistar Team
Manager: ARRIETA, José Luis
21. VALVERDE, Alejandro; Spain
22. ERVITI, Imanol; Spain
23. CASTROVIEJO, Jonathan; Spain
24. VISCONTI, Giovanni; Italy
25. IZAGIRRE, Gorka; Spain
26. IZAGIRRE, Ion; Spain
27. ROJAS, Jose Joaquin; Spain
28. SUTHERLAND, Rory; Australia
BMC Racing Team
Manager: LEDANOIS, Yvon
31. PORTE, Richie; Australia
32. DE MARCHI, Alessandro; Italy
33. GILBERT, Philippe; Belgium
34. HERMANS, Ben; Belgium
35. SANCHEZ, Samuel; Spain
36. SCHÄR, Michael; Switzerland
37. VAN AVERMAET, Greg; Belgium
38. VELITS, Peter; Slovakia
Team SKY
Manager: CIONI, Dario
41. LANDA, Mikel; Spain
42. ZANDIO, Xabier; Spain
43. KENNAUGH, Peter; United Kingdom
44. GOLAS, Michal; Poland
45. KWIATKOWSKI, Michal; Poland
46. LOPEZ, David; Spain
47. NIEVE, Mikel; Spain
48. ROCHE, Nicolas; Ireland
Etixx - Quick Step
Manager: PETERS, Wilfried
51. MARTIN, Daniel; Ireland
52. DE LA CRUZ, David; Spain
53. BRAMBILLA, Gianluca; Italy
54. DE PLUS, Laurens; Belgium
55. JUNGELS, Bob; Luxembourg
56. SERRY, Pieter; Belgium
57. STYBAR, Zdenek; Czech Republic
58. VAKOC, Petr; Czech Republic
Team Katusha
Manager: FLORENCIO, Xavier
61. RODRIGUEZ, Joaquim; Spain
62. CHERNETSKIY, Sergei; Russia
63. ZAKARIN, Ilnur; Russia
64. LAGUTIN, Sergey; Uzbekistan
65. MACHADO, Tiago; Portugal
66. RESTREPO, Jhonatan; Colombia
67. SILIN, Egor; Russia
68. VICIOSO, Angel; Spain
Manager: MADIOT, Marc
71. VICHOT, Arthur; France
72. ELISSONDE, Kenny; France
73. GENIEZ, Alexandre; France
74. LADAGNOUS, Mathieu; France
75. VAUGRENARD, Benoit; France
76. FISCHER, Murilo; Brazil
77. ROUX, Anthony; France
78. PINEAU, Cedric; France
Astana Pro Team
Manager: SHEFER, Alexandr
81. SANCHEZ, Luis Leon; Spain
82. GRIVKO, Andriy; Ukraine
83. TIRALONGO, Paolo; Italy
84. WESTRA, Lieuwe; Netherlands
85. MALACARNE, Davide; Italy
86. CAPECCHI, Eros; Italy
87. CATALDO, Dario; Italy
88. ZEITS, Andrey; Kazakhstan
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
Manager: ENGELS, Addy
91. KRUIJSWIJK, Steven; Netherlands
92. BATTAGLIN, Enrico; Italy
93. BENNETT, George; New Zealand
94. LAMMERTINK, Steven; Netherlands
95. KELDERMAN, Wilco; Netherlands
97. MARTENS, Paul; Germany
98. VERMEULEN, Alexey; United States
Lampre - Merida
Manager: MARZANO, Marco
101. ULISSI, Diego; Italy
102. BONO, Matteo; Italy
103. COSTA, Mario; Portugal
104. KOSHEVOY, Ilia; Belarus
105. MORI, Manuele; Italy
106. NIEMIEC, Przemyslaw; Poland
107. PIBERNIK, Luka; Slovenia
108. PETILLI, Simone; Italy
Manager: LARRAZABAL, Josu
111. MOLLEMA, Bauke; Netherlands
112. DEVOLDER, Stijn; Belgium
113. FELLINE, Fabio; Italy
114. HESJEDAL, Ryder; Canada
115. IRIZAR, Markel; Spain
116. BEPPU, Fumiyuki; Japan
117. COLEDAN, Marco; Italy
118. ZUBELDIA, Haimar; Spain
Team Giant - Alpecin
Manager: VAN DONGEN, Arthur
121. BARGUIL, Warren; France
122. FRÖHLINGER, Johannes; Germany
123. HAGA, Chad; United States
125. OOMEN, Sam; Netherlands
126. LUNKE, Sindre Skjøstad; Norway
127. TEN DAM, Laurens; Netherlands
128. WAEYTENS, Zico; Belgium
Cannondale Drapac Team
Manager: GARATE, Juan Manuel
131. URAN, Rigoberto; Colombia
132. CLARKE, Simon; Australia
133. FORMOLO, Davide; Italy
134. MOSER, Moreno; Italy
135. MARANGONI, Alan; Italy
136. SLAGTER, Tom Jelte; Netherlands
137. VILLELLA, Davide; Italy
138. WOODS, Michael; Canada
Lotto Soudal
Manager: WILLEMS, Frederik
141. GALLOPIN, Tony; France
142. BENOOT, Tiesj; Belgium
143. DE BIE, Sean; Belgium
144. LIGTHART, Pim; Netherlands
145. VAN DER SANDE, Tosh; Belgium
146. VERVAEKE, Louis; Belgium
147. VANENDERT, Jelle; Belgium
148. WELLENS, Tim; Belgium
AG2R La Mondiale
Manager: JANNEL, Didier
151. PERAUD, Jean-Christophe; France
152. BONNAFOND, Guillaume; France
153. CHEREL, Mikael; France
154. DOMONT, Axel; France
155. GAUTIER, Cyril; France
156. KADRI, Biel; France
157. LATOUR, Pierre-Roger; France
158. HOULE, Hugo; Canada
IAM Cycling
Manager: VERBRUGGHE, Rik
161. FRANK, Mathias; Switzerland
162. DEVENYNS, Dries; Belgium
163. CHEVRIER, Clement; France
164. LANG, Pirmin; Switzerland
165. NAESEN, Oliver; Belgium
166. PANTANO, Jarlinson; Colombia
167. SARAMOTINS, Aleksejs; Latvia
168. ZAUGG, Olivier; Switzerland
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka
Manager: ZEMKE, Jens
171. ANTON, Igor; Spain
172. JIM, Songezo; South Africa
173. PAUWELS, Serge; Belgium
174. NIYONSHUTI, Adrien; Rwanda
175. HAAS, Nathan; Australia
176. JANSE VAN RENSBURG, Jacques; South Africa
177. KUDUS, Merhawi; Eritrea
178. SIUTSOU, Kanstantsin; Belarus
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
Manager: GOICOECHEA, Eugenio
181. ARROYO, David; Spain
182. CARTHY, Hugh; United Kingdom
183. BARBERO, Carlos; Spain
184. BILBAO, Pello; Spain
185. MADRAZO, Angel; Spain
186. MAS, Lluis; Spain
187. PARDILLA, Sergio; Spain
188. ROSON, Jaime; Spain
Cofidis Solutions Crèdits
Manager: ROUS, Didier
191. EDET, Nicolas; France
192. BAGOT, Yoann; France
193. CHETOUT, Loic; France
194. JEANNESSON, Arnold; France
195. MATE, Luis Angel; Spain
196. MOLARD, Rudy; France
197. ROSSETTO, Stephane; France
198. TURGIS, Anthony; France