photo credits @ Deceuninck-QuickStep and CCC Team
Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) claimed today’s Classic San Sebastian in Spain, marking the Belgian rider’s first WorldTour one-day race victory.
With 8 kilometers remaining, Evenepoel succeeded in dropping Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) along the final climb, later holding-off a fast chasing peloton to seize a solo victory.
Meanwhile, Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) crossed the line in second place, followed by Marc Hirschi, Gorka Izagirre and Bauke Mollema who rounded out the top five.
An escape group containing riders like Felix Grossschartnet, Grega Bole, Koen Bowman and Markel Irizar managed to ride clear of the peloton early on in today’s 227.3 kilometer race.
With less than 20 kilometers to go, Skujins and Evenepoel jettisoned their fellow breakaway companions, subsequently building up a slight advantage of almost one minute.
From there, the duo maintained their lead until the final climb, where Evenepoel attacked Skujins on the steepest section, quickly dropping his Latvian rival.
In the meantime, Movistar swarmed to the front of the chase group in hopes of setting up Alejandro Valverde.
Evenepole crested the summit with a 42-second lead over the peloton, while a flurry of attacks ensued amongst the big name favorites in the chase.
With 5 kilometers remaining, Evenepoel was still clinging to a 35-second lead, which held until the finish.
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