San Sebastian Classic Victories

San Sebastian Classic:  Sat 4th Aug 1990


Miguel Indurain comfortably won the 1990 San Sebastian Classic over 2 minutes to race favorites in the cycling world. Miguel’s overwhelming win forged his name in great young cyclist in the 1990’s and a favorite to dethrone Lemond in the 1991 Tour d’ France.

Indurain winning the San Sebastian Classic 1990

 1  	 Miguel Indurain (Banesto) 	 	 ESP 	 6h19'59"
 2  	 Laurent Jalabert (Toshiba - Sms) 	 FRA 	 2'24"
 3  	 Sean Kelly (Pdm - Ultima - Concorde) 	 IRL 	 mt
 4  	 Tony Rominger (Chateaux d'Ax) 	 SUI 	 mt
 5  	 Federico Echave (Clas - Cajastur) 	 ESP 	 2'29"
 6  	 Steve Bauer (7 Eleven 	 		 CAN 	 mt
 7  	 Enrique Alberto Aja Cagigas (Teka) 	 ESP 	 mt
 8  	 Jesus Rodriguez Magro (Banesto) 	 ESP 	 mt
 9  	 Pascal Richard (Helvetia - La Suisse) 	 SUI 	 mt
 10  	 Marino Lejarreta O.N.C.E.) 		 ESP 	 mt
 42  	 Jokin Mujika Aramburu (Banesto) 	 ESP 	 mt
 73  	 Pedro Delgado Robledo (Banesto) 	 ESP 	 mt
 86  	 Marino Alonso Monje (Banesto) 	 	 ESP 	 mt
 96  	 Ruben Gorospe Artabe (Banesto) 	 ESP 	 mt
 100  	 Dominique Arnaud (Banesto) 	 	 FRA 	 mt

San Sebastian Classic:  Sat 2 Aug 2008

Valverde Claims Classic!

Alejandro Valverde won the 2008 San Sebastian classic by out-sprinting cycling top riders to claim the Basque Beret and a trip to Beijing to complete for the Olympic gold medal. Valverde’s Caisse d’Epargne team had the numbers in its favour with Joaquin Rodriguez and Vladimir Karpets pulling hard for their captain in the finale. Valverde will now travel to the Olympic Games with renewed confidence after his hopes of challenging for Tour de France victory went up in smoke.

Valverde 2008 San San Sebastian
During a brief interview at the finish line a fresh looking Valverde said he was relieved to have won Spain’s biggest one-day classic. “It was very important for me. Last year I finished third and now I really wanted to win.”
Things didn’t look so good early on when the Spaniard was separated from his team-mates, but half the Caisse d’Epargne team dropped back to pace Valverde up to the lead group. “I felt guilty when I wasn’t featuring in the big group despite having six team-mates there,” he said.
The changed course with its new final climb of Alto De Arkal impressed Valverde, and his attack there together with Bettini, Rebellin, Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and David Moncoutié (Cofidis) was the decisive one. “It’s a tougher finale now with the new climb. I thought we were gone with the five of us but eventually it came down to a sprint. I knew it would be hard against Bettini and Sanchez but I managed to win it.”

San Sebastian Classic 2008 results:

1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne        5.29.11 (43.562 km/h)

2 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team CSC-Saxo Bank

3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner

4 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step

5 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas

6 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank

7 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi

8 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

9 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi             0.02

10 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis – Le Crédit par Téléphone

12 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne                    0.17

15 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne

19 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d’Epargne                     1.36

42 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne                 9:32

44 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne             15.52


1 Caisse D’Epargne                                       28 pts
2 Euskaltel – Euskadi                                   40
3 Liquigas                                                       52
4 Quick Step                                                   55
5 Team Columbiar                                         84
6 Lampre                                                         93

San Sebastian Classic:  Sat July 31 st 2010


Luís León Sánchez (Caisse d’Epargne) knocked on the door of a stage victory at the Tour de France only to have Sandy Casar (FDJeux) slam it shut on him after fighting over the Col de la Madeleine in stage 9. Casar walked away with one of France’s six stage victories and Sánchez was left with second-place crumbs.

Sánchez got redemption with his first major classic victory Saturday after out-kicking some elite company in a three-man group to win the 234km Clásica San Sebastián in Spain’s Basque Country. Sánchez fended off Alexander Vinokourov (Astana), who took second, while 2008 Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre (Cervélo) crossed the line third.

“It was a sweet and sour Tour for us, not only for me, but the entire team. We came close to stage victories, but we just didn’t have that little bit of luck,” Sánchez said after winning in 5:47:13 (40.436kph). “I came out of the Tour feeling strong. I went home with the Clásica in mind and came here very motivated. It couldn’t have worked out better.”

LL Sanchez wins san Sebastián classic 2010

1. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil, (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne , 234km in 5:47:13
2. Alexandre Vinokourov, (KAZ), Astana, at 0
3. Carlos Sastre Candil, (ESP), Cervelo Test Team, at 0
4. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre, (ESP), Team Radioshack, at 34
5. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver, (ESP), Team Katusha, at 37
6. Ryder Hesjedal, (CAN), Garmin-Transitions, at 37
7. Robert Gesink, (NED), Rabobank, at 37
8. Nicolas Roche, (IRL), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 37
9. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez, (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 37
10. Richie Porte, (AUS), Team Saxo Bank, at 37


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