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2023 Clásica de San Sebastián - Donostia (World Tour), Spain

42nd edition: Saturday, July 29, 2023

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Donostia - Donostia (Basque for the city of San Sebastián), 230.3 km

Remco Evenepoel wins the Clásica San Sebastián for the third time and the second time in a row. Photo: Getty Sport

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Weather at start/finish city of San Sebastián at 2:00 PM, local time: 26C (78F), sunny, with the wind from the northeast at 11 km/hr (7 mph). There is a 1% chance of rain.

The race course: Retired Basque racer Roberto Laiseka writes: Clásica San Sebastián 2023 will be longer and returns to a very tough finish. The first part will follow the Gipuzkoa coast and is mostly flat. An ideal location for the day’s breakaway.

The second part climbs Alkiza (Cat. 3), Jaizkibel (Cat. 2) and Erlaitz (Cat. 1). These will serve to separate the hay from the chaff and decide the outcome of the race. Erlaitz is further away from the finish line this year, and it’s anyone’s guess if it will host another epic attack.

The riders cross the finish line before tackling Mendizorrotz and Murgil (Cat. 2). Murgil is short but has very tough ramps that will decide the favourites. After the second pass through Murgil it’s only 8 kilometres to the finish, so starting the climb in a good position will be key. After the descent from Igeldo, it’s flat to the finish line.

The race: Winner in 2019 and 2022 Remco Evenepoel crashed, but was quickly up and racing and appeared to be fine. Not long after that Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) crashed and abandoned. He was believed to be OK, but was taken to the hospital to check him over and make sure.

Here's the race report from third-place Aleksandr Vlasov's Team Bora-hansgrohe:

Over a tough 230 kilometres, this year's race featured seven categorised climbs with a total of more than 4,000 meters of elevation gain. The terrain of the Basque classic was thus predestined for the somewhat punchier climbers in the peloton. On the ascent of the third-last climb, Vlasov managed to jump into the leading group containing Evenepoel, which quickly gained more than a minute advantage over the main field. Vlasov, Evenepoel and Bilbao took on the final climb over three minutes ahead of the chasing group and it became evident that the winner would come from this leading trio.

Shortly before the summit, however, the BORA - hansgrohe rider found himself in difficulties and had to fall back slightly. In the end, Evenepoel took out the win while Vlasov reached the finish line in third place.

“Today was a good result, I didn't race since May, but I'm feeling good and it's great to take a result on the podium. I'd like to continue like this, and the next big goal is of course the Vuelta, so I'm looking forward to that. Thanks to the team for positioning me well today in the key points, it's great to be back racing with them. Now it's full focus ahead!” - Aleksandr Vlasov

"We approached the San Sebastian Classic with some uncertainty because the guys came here either after a long break from racing or, like Bob for example, straight after the Tour. Aleks rode his last race at the Giro, but he felt very good today and the team tried to support him when the race went into the mountains, where Evenepoel finally attacked. Aleks was able to keep up quite well, but unfortunately he couldn't keep up with Evenepoel and Bilbao on the final climb. But as far as I know, his podium finish is the best result we have ever achieved as a team in this race. Of course you always hope to win from a group of three, but this result is still a very good re-entry for Aleks." - Rolf Aldag, Sports Director

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Complete Results:


230.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.748 km/hr

1 Remco Evenepoel Soudal Quick-Step 5hr 30min 59sec
2 Pello Bilbao Bahrain Victorious @ s.t.
3 Aleksandr Vlasov BORA-hansgrohe 0:28
4 Neilson Powless EF Education-EasyPost 2:50
5 Ion Izagirre Cofidis 2:57
6 Toms Skujins Lidl-Trek 3:02
7 Alex Aranburu Movistar s.t.
8 Rui Costa Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
9 Andrea Bagioli Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
10 Tiesj Benoot Jumbo-Visma s.t.
11 Juan Ayuso UAE Team Emirates s.t.
12 Alberto Bettiol EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
13 Marc Hirschi UAE Team Emirates s.t.
14 Clément Champoussin Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
15 Carlos Rodriguez INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
16 Jason Osborne Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
17 Mikel Landa Bahrain Victorious s.t.
18 Chris Harper Jayco-AlUla s.t.
19 Jakob Fuglsang Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
20 Felix Gall Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
21 Kevin Vermaerke dsm-firmenich 3:41
22 Harry Sweeny Lotto Dstny 3:50
23 George Bennett UAE Team Emirates 3:59
24 Pablo Castrillo Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
25 Nathan Van Hooydonck Jumbo-Visma 6:36
26 Gorka Izagirre Movistar 7:07
27 Iván García Movistar 7:12
28 Simone Velasco Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
29 Alex Baudin Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
30 Lorenzo Rota Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
31 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Qazaqstan 7:15
32 Guillaume Martin Cofidis 7:21
33 Kenny Elissonde Lidl-Trek 8:13
34 Urko Berrade Equipo Kern Pharma 8:41
35 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi 9:24
36 Rudy Molard Groupama-FDJ s.t.
37 Abel Balderstone Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
38 Romain Bardet dsm-firmenich s.t.
39 Michal Schlegel Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
40 Mauri Vansevenant Soudal Quick-Step s.t.
41 Welay Berhe Jayco-AlUla s.t.
42 Florian Stork dsm-firmenich s.t.
43 Anthony Delaplace Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
44 Clément Berthet Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
45 Ben Healy EF Education-EasyPost 9:29
46 Roger Adriá Equipo Kern Pharma 10:35
47 Matthew Dinham dsm-firmenich 10:40
48 Julien Bernard Lidl-Trek 11:39
49 Gijs Leemreize Jumbo-Visma s.t.
50 Bauke Mollema Lidl-Trek s.t.
51 Miquel Delgado Equipo Kern Pharma 12:30
52 Eduardo Sepulveda Lotto Dstny s.t.
53 Johannes Adamietz Lotto Dstny s.t.
54 Kristian Sbaragli Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
55 Simon Clarke Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
56 Fabio Felline Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
57 Diego Ulissi UAE Team Emirates 13:23
58 Reuben Thompson Groupama-FDJ 13:27
59 Alan Jousseaume TotalEnergies s.t.
60 Jokin Murguialday Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 14:05
61 Santiago Buitrago Bahrain Victorious s.t.
62 Stephen Williams Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
63 Frederik Wandahl BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
64 Rigoberto Uran EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
65 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi 15:55
66 Joel Nicolau Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 17:35
67 Jan Maas Jayco-AlUla s.t.
68 Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH s.t.
69 Matteo Fabbro BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
70 Aimé De Gendt Intermarché-Circus-Wanty s.t.
71 Fernando Barceló Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
72 Jhonnatan Narvaez INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
73 Romain Grégoire Groupama-FDJ s.t.
74 Maximilian Schachmann BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
75 Lars Van Den Berg Groupama-FDJ s.t.
76 Domen Novak UAE Team Emirates 18:45
77 Ibai Azurmendi Euskaltel-Euskadi 19:53
78 Ander Okamika Burgos-BH 20:00
79 Ivan Romeo Movistar s.t.
80 Omer Goldstein Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
81 Eric Fagundez Burgos-BH s.t.
82 Ibon Ruiz Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
83 Julen Amezqueta Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
84 Chris Hamilton dsm-firmenich s.t.
85 Felix Engelhardt Jayco-AlUla s.t.
86 Thomas Gloag Jumbo-Visma s.t.
87 Jose Herrada Cofidis s.t.
88 Xabier Berasategi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
89 Victor De La Parte TotalEnergies s.t.
90 Andreas Leknessund dsm-firmenich s.t.
91 Alessandro Covi UAE Team Emirates s.t.
92 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi 20:55
93 Marco Brenner dsm-firmenich 21:15
94 Odd Christian Eiking EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
95 Liam Slock Lotto Dstny 27:34
96 Yuriy Natarov Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
97 Ben Turner INEOS Grenadiers 33:00
98 Clément Alleno Burgos-BH s.t.


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Clasica de San Sebastián photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Team Jumbo-Visma is presented before the race start.

Team Groupama-FDJ

Team Bora-hansgrohe

Team Lotto Dstny

Pello Bilbao finished second

Biniam Girmay crashed out early in the race.

Time to head to the start line.

The race begins.

Nice shot of the peloton

Kenny Elissonde on the Mendizorrotz climb.

Ben Healy

Neilson Powless

Remco Evenepoel in the peloton. You have to eat when you can.

Remco Evenpoel wins the race for the third time.

Pello Bilbao looks less than thrilled with how the race turned out.

Winner Remco Evenpoel with three-time (1981, '82, & '87) San Sebastian winner Marino Lejarreta

The 2023 San Sebastian podium, from the left: PEllo Bilbao (2nd), Remco Evenepoel (1st) & Aleksandr Vlasov (3rd).

Start list, July 28, 2023:

1 Remco Evenepoel
2 Andrea Bagioli
3 Julian Alaphilippe
4 James Knox
5 Remi Cavagna
6 Pieter Serry
7 Mauri Vansevenant
11 Alex Baudin
12 Clément Berthet
13 Franck Bonnamour
14 Ben O'Connor
15 Felix Gall
16 Nicolas Prodhomme
17 Damien Touzé
21 Quinten Hermans
22 Kristian Sbaragli
23 Gianni Vermeersch
24 Jason Osborne
25 Xandro Meurisse
26 Jimmy Janssens
27 Tobias Bayer
31 Elie Gesbert
32 Louis Barré
33 Clément Champoussin
34 Anthony Delaplace
35 Thibault Guernalec
36 Simon Guglielmi
37 Alessandro Verre
41 Alexey Lutsenko
42 Yuriy Natarov
43 Leonardo Basso
44 Fabio Felline
45 Javier Romo
46 Harold Tejada
47 Simone Velasco
51 Bob Jungels
52 Ide Schelling
53 Frederik Wandahl
54 Matteo Fabbro
55 Nico Denz
56 Maximilian Schachmann
57 Aleksandr Vlasov
61 Ion Izagirre
62 Thomas Champion
63 Alexandre Delettre
64 Guillaume Martin
65 Jose Herrada
66 Benjamin Thomas
67 André Carvalho
71 Romain Bardet
72 Matthew Dinham
73 Chris Hamilton
74 Andreas Leknessund
75 Florian Stork
76 Marco Brenner
77 Kevin Vermaerke
81 Neilson Powless
82 Ben Healy
83 Alberto Bettiol
84 Simon Carr
85 Andrea Piccolo
86 Rigoberto Uran
87 Odd Christian Eiking
91 Bruno Armirail
92 Romain Grégoire
93 Matthieu Ladagnous
94 Reuben Thompson
95 Rudy Molard
96 Quentin Pacher
97 Lars Van Den Berg
101 Rui Costa
102 Biniam Girmay
103 Laurens Huys
104 Aimé De Gendt
105 Lorenzo Rota
106 Loic Vliegen
107 Georg Zimmermann
111 Carlos Rodriguez
112 Jhonnatan Narvaez
113 Brandon Rivera
114 Omar Fraile
115 Ben Tulett
116 Lucas Plapp
117 Ben Turner
121 Alex Aranburu
122 Iván García
123 Ivan Romeo
124 Lluis Mas
125 José Rojas
126 Ivan Sosa
127 Gorka Izagirre
131 Michael Matthews
132 Welay Berhe
133 Jan Maas
134 Felix Engelhardt
135 Chris Harper
136 Alessandro De Marchi
137 Lawson Craddock
141 Pello Bilbao
142 Mikel Landa
143 Santiago Buitrago
144 Yukiya Arashiro
145 Jonathan Milan
146 Edoardo Zambanini
147 Johan Price
151 Tony Gallopin
152 Julien Bernard
153 Kenny Elissonde
154 Bauke Mollema
155 Marc Brustenga
156 Mathias Vacek
157 Toms Skujins
161 Tiesj Benoot
162 Edoardo Affini
163 Lennard Hofstede
164 Thomas Gloag
165 Gijs Leemreize
166 Timo Roosen
167 Nathan Van Hooydonck
171 Juan Ayuso
172 Sjoerd Bax
173 George Bennett
174 Domen Novak
175 Alessandro Covi
176 Marc Hirschi
177 Diego Ulissi
181 Ander Okamika
182 Jose Manuel Diaz
183 Eric Fagundez
184 Camilo Ardila
185 Victor Langellotti
186 Mario Aparicio
187 Clément Alleno
191 Fernando Barceló
192 Jokin Murguialday
193 Joel Nicolau
194 Abel Balderstone
195 Michal Schlegel
196 Julen Amezqueta
197 Josu Etxeberria
201 Roger Adriá
202 Urko Berrade
203 Pablo Castrillo
204 Iñigo Elosegui
205 Jordi Lopez
206 Miquel Pau
207 Ibon Ruiz
211 Xabier Isasa
212 Txomin Juaristi
213 Ibai Azurmendi
214 Xabier Azparren
215 Mikel Iturria
216 Xabier Berasategi
217 Joan Bou
221 Mathieu Burgaudeau
222 Jérémy Cabot
223 Victor De La Parte
224 Fabien Grellier
225 Alan Jousseaume
226 Pierre Latour
227 Mattéo Vercher
231 Johannes Adamietz
232 Arjen Livyns
233 Mathijs Paasschens
234 Eduardo Sepulveda
235 Liam Slock
236 Harry Sweeny
237 Jarrad Drizners
241 Mads Schmidt
242 Jakob Fuglsang
243 Omer Goldstein
244 Nick Schultz
245 Dylan Teuns
246 Stephen Williams
247 Simon Clarke