29th Clàsica Ciclista San Sebastiàn - Report &
Carlos Barredo and Roman Kreuziger battle to the finish... Updated
Carlos Barredo chased and caught Roman Kreuziger 2 km before the finish after the Liquigas rider attacked with 3 kilometers to go. The 237 km race came
down to a sprint of two riders with Kreuziger leading the way on Donostia
Boulevard. With 50 meters to go Barredo made his move to come around Kreuziger
and take the win by two bike lengths. Kreuziger tried to respond but his
exhausted legs refused.
Mikael Delage of Silence/Lotto led the peloton to the finish at 7 seconds behind
the Spanish/Swiss duo.
In a day that started warm and sunny the race soon resembled a Spring day in
one of the Northern Classics as the skies opened to pouring rain and windy
conditions; delivering a brutal day for the Spanish Classic marked with
slippery roads and crashes.
A perfect day for the race under blue skies at the start. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
was predicted for later in the day it seemed hard to believe with the blue sky
above as the riders started the race riding past the sunbathing vacationers on
the local beaches. Local rider, Juan Manuel "Juanma" Garate was greeted by
applause when he
and his Quick Steppers were presented this morning. Garate's win on the Ventoux
stage has raised the rider to the well deserved status of "local hero."
The action got under way after 17 km on the first climb, the Cat. 3 Alto de
Oria with Gorka Izagirre (Contentpolis-AMPO) escaping and later joined by
Héctor González,(Fuji/Servetto). Over the summit Gorka Izagirre led taking the
max climbing points with Héctor González second and Francaise des Jeux's
Remy di Gregorio. The three didn't last too long out front with the peloton
reeling them in 3 kilometers later on the descent.
Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) led through the first intermediate sprint at
Zarautz with Yukiya Arashiro (Bbox), and Gert Dockx (Columbia) collecting
the remaining points in that order. The peloton climbed the category 2 Alto de
Garate together with Manuel Vázquez (Contentpolis
AMPO) taking the max points on the summit, Euskaltel's Gorka Verdugo, Codis's Rein Taaramae
and Ag2r's Nicolas Roche collected the remaining points in the San Sebastian
The peloton climbs the Alto de Garate. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
Into the second hour of the race with 192 km to go a break of 18 formed and
quickly built a gap of 3:55. The 18 riders included, Caisse d'Epargne's Garcia
Acosta and Mathieu Perget, Liquigas' Gradzd Stangelj, Columbia's Gert Dockx
Morris Possoni, Jerome Pineau (Quick Step), Katusha duo Evgeny Petrov and Joan
Horrach, Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank), Paul Martens (Rabobank), Lampre's
Marco Marzano, Garmin trio Tim Duggan, Svein Tuft and Danny Pate.
Timothy Duggan, Svein Tuft and Danny Pate (Garmin), Thomas Rohregger (Milram),
Christophe Riblon (Ag2r), Jeremy Roy (Francaise des Jeux) and Gorka Izagirre (Contentpolis
The group worked well together flying through the second intermediate sprint
in Azpeitia. Gorka Izagirre led, Stangelj and Marzano took the points. Evgeny
Petrov led over the third KOM at 61 km, the Cat. 2 Alto de Azkarate followed by
Chris Sorensen, Svein Tuft and Paul Martens. The gap went over four minutes on a
not very concerned peloton with with 170 kilometers still remaining in the days
Into the second hour of the race had an average speed of 41.6 km per hour as
the fast moving group blew the gap to 5:30 over the peloton. Few teams
were willing to aid Silence/Lotto, Astana and Bbox Bouygues Telecom who missed
placing riders in the break.
Saxo Bank's Andy
Schleck called it a day,
after a crash on the descent of the Garate and abandoned the race. He
wasn't the only one to meet with misfortune on the rain slicked downhill
section; Oscar Freire and Rabobank mate Juan Manuele Garate crashed with Garate
sustaining a broken wrist; the frustration was visible on Freire's face. Linus
Gerdemann also took a tumble into the high grass on the side of the road.
Andy Schleck checks his knee injuries after the crash. He would continue with
the race only to abandon further up the road later. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
The gap began to fall as the combined efforts of the three teams drove the
pace taking it to 4:15 as they approached the fourth KOM, Cat. 2 Alto de Udana.
Over the summit the gap was further to 3:50. Katusha's Petrov led, Milram's
Rohregger and Saxo Bank's Sorensen and Stangelj (Liquigas) over the summit with
133 km to go and headed to the feed zone in Ordizia.
Through the feed zone the gap was slashed to just over three minutes with 100
kilometers to go. Our leaders held the gap steady as Gorka Izagirre led through
the third intermediate sprint at 159 km in Andoain - Ama Kandida; Jeremy Roy of
Francaise des Jeux second, and Lampre's Marco Marzano third took the
points as the group continued to move up the road toward the main obstacle of
today's race, Jaizkibel.
Fans line the road as Alejandro Valverde, and Roman Kreuziger lead on the climb
of the Jaizkibel. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
With 70 km left, Mother Nature opened the skies first with drizzles as
Euskaltel led the peloton in the hunt for the escapees. Wind buffeted the riders
as the rain increased in intensity; the break started to lose its unity as
orange powered peloton closed in. Attacks ripped at the front, but none
prospered, yet the chase led by two Bbox riders at the front proved more
successful reducing the gap to 1:30 with 50 kilometers from the finish in Udana.
Danny Pate in good company with garrate, Valverde and Ivanov.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
By the start of the climb of the Jaizkibel the gap was less than a minute;
Jerome Pineau (Quick Step) was the first to jump ship form the 18 on the climb.
Behind, Lampre's Simon Spilak attacked the peloton closing to 4 seconds on
Pineau. Garmin's Millar was the next to attack he got a gap but was chased down. Silence/Lotto and Liquigas led the chase as the escapees shattered on
the Jaizkibel and the pressure split the peloton behind.
3 kilometers from the summit the remains of the break were fighting for
survival on the slopes trying to make the summit before the chase closed in.
Marzano holding on led over the summit with 30 seconds with
Katusha's Evgeny Petrov following with 38 km to go. On the descent Marzano
overcooked a corner and landed upright after crashing into a muddy
embankment. Luckily, he looked unscathed by the incident leaving Petrov as the
Petrov continued on a solo attack racing through the penultimate flying
sprint in Irun with 25.5 km to go leading with 48 seconds. Ag2r's Christophe
Riblon second and Bbox Bouygues' Guillaume Le Floch followed in pursuit
taking the points in that order.
Quick Step's Garate attacks on the final climb. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
The Katusha rider put in a show of power on his solo effort as he started the
final climb of the alto Arkale with 23 seconds in hand; Saxo Bank and Lampre led
the climb with the group down to a dozen.. Devolder attacked looking to close to
Petrov who held on to 8 seconds 2 kilometers from the summit. Liquigas came to
the front to close the gap. Petrov was finally caught near the summit; Pierrick
Fedrigo responded with an attack to lead over the summit with Barredo on his
wheel, Roman Kreuziger at 9 seconds and Luis Leon Sanchez in fourth. The chase
with 14 riders followed with last years winner Alejandro Valverde.
Evgeny Petrov on his solo attack. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
Kreuziger bombed the soggy descent to join Barredo and Fedrigo on with 15 km
to go, Sanchez joined the trio so we had four escapees trying to hold off the
chase led by Euskatel and Katusha. Carlos Barredo attacked and went it alone at
13 km to go, Sanchez was the only one able to respond and caught the rider in
the next km. The duo had 18 seconds on the 14 and 9 on pursuers Kreuziger,
Fedrigo and Marco Pinotti who had bridged to the group. It looked like the
effort would be all in vain as the gap fell to 9 seconds with 5 km to go, but
the five leaders somehow held on. Behind the peloton had regrouped on the
descent and was in full chase mode for the quintet ahead, but it looked too
Approaching 3 km to go the catch was almost made when Kreuziger blasted off
the front of the trio to bridge to, and then pass Barredo and Sanchez, he looked
like he had made the successful move for the victory; but Barredo replied to the action
catching the Liquigas rider 2,000 meters from the line.
50 meters to go Garate jumps around Kreuziger as the lead group closes in.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
The two held ten seconds as they entered the final kilometer and jockeyed for
position. Kreuziger led out for the line and Barredo came around on Roman's
right to take the win. Kreuziger was just too tired to respond to Carlos' final
sprint to the line. Barredo looked like he enjoyed the win more than the Ventoux
stage punched the air and raising his arms above enjoying the victory.
Carlos Barredo Celebrates his win. Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter
29th Clàsica Ciclista San Sebastiàn Results
237 km - 5:37:00
1 Carlos Barredo (Spain) Quick Step 5:37:00
2 Roman Kreuziger Liquigas (Czech Rep.) 00:00
3 Mickael Delage (France) Silence/Lotto 00:07
4 Peter Velits (Slovakia) Milram 00:07
5 Ryder Hesjedal (Canada) Garmin/Slipstream 00:07
6 Filippo Pozzato (Italy) Katusha 00:07
7 Christophe Riblon (France) Ag2r la Mondiale 00:07
8 Serguei Ivanov (Russia) Katuha 00:07
9 Ruben Perez (Spain) Euskaltel/Euskadi
10 Marco Pinotti (Italy) Columbia/HTC 00:07
11 Johan Van Summeren (Belgium) Silence/Lotto 00:07
12 Sebastien Langeveld (Netherlands) Rabobank 00:07
13 Christophe Le Mevel (France) Francaise des Jeux 00:07
14 Dries Devenyns (Belgium) Quick Step 00:07
15 Janez Brajkovic Astana 00:07
16 Alexandr Kolobnev Saxo Bank 00:07
17 Alejandro Valverde Caisse d'Epargne 00:07
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