Live Coverage of Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian - Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian

Race overview:

Distance: 219km

Start Location: San Sebastian

End Location: San Sebastian

 Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of this year's Clasica San Sebastian.

Live commentary by Stephen Farrand

  1. 17:25:48 CEST

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  2. 17:22:29 CEST

    What a race. The lack of television coverage meant it was difficult to understand just how Yates got away alone but don't worry, we will soon have a full report on Cyclingnews and a photo gallery. 

     

  3. 17:19:09 CEST

    Yates spent time on his race radio in the final kilometre. He didn't know he was out front and about to win. He celebrated as he crossed the line but only really believed he had won after getting a hug from his team soigneur. 

     

  4. 17:14:35 CEST

    Thanks to his third place, Valverde extends his lead in the UCI WorldTour rankings. 

     

  5. 17:13:23 CEST

    Yates celebrated with his brother Simon, amazed that he won alone.

     

  6. 17:12:50 CEST

    Gilbert is confirmed as second at 15 seconds, with Valverde third, Moreno fourth and Rodriguez fifth. Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) was seventh.

     

  7. 17:12:04 CEST

    Yates is still only 22 but again proved his class and talent by winning the Clasica San Sebastian. 

     

  8. 17:10:45 CEST

    But the race came back together and a crash also caused confusion and problems.

     

  9. 17:10:21 CEST

    Behind it seemed to be Gilbert who won the sprint for second place.

     

  10. 17:09:50 CEST

    Yates did not know he was away alone and that he'd won. But he did, out riding the chasers.

     

  11. 17:09:14 CEST

    He eases up and celebrates a fantastic victory.  

     

  12. 17:08:46 CEST

    Yates looks over his shoulder and talks into the race radio. He's about to win the Clasica!

     

  13. 17:08:12 CEST

    1km remaining from 219km

    He is still alone.

     

  14. 17:07:52 CEST

    Yates is about to enter the finishing straight. 

     

  15. 17:07:12 CEST

    The chasers are struggling to work together.

     

  16. 17:06:47 CEST

    2km remaining from 219km

    Yates leads by 12 seconds.

     

  17. 17:05:11 CEST

    3km remaining from 219km

    Yates has a real chance of success this year. 

     

  18. 17:04:42 CEST

    Yates looks around and must know that there are six chasers behind him.  However nobody seems keen to lead the chase. The gap is up to 15 seconds.

     

  19. 17:03:48 CEST

    Yates has a 10-second lead. but last year he crashed on the descent. 

     

  20. 17:03:22 CEST

    It seems the steep climb proved fatal for the attacks, with Yates going across to lead the race over the top of the Bordaka Tontorra climb. 

     

  21. 17:02:26 CEST

    7.5km remaining from 219km

    Behind the peloton has split, with Adam Yates off the front.

     

  22. 17:00:07 CEST

    Barguil has a slight lead of only a few seconds.

     

  23. 16:59:36 CEST

    As the final climb begins Barguil makes a move and goes clear alone.

     

  24. 16:58:38 CEST

    In the move are Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Pieter Serry (Team Quick Step), Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Cannondale), Mikel Landa (Astana), Warren Barguil (Giant- Alpecin), Damiano Caruso (BMC), Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory), Egor Silin (Katusha) and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis).

     

  25. 16:57:53 CEST

    The break fights on and holds a lead of 25 seconds. Movistar and Katusha could be losing grip of the race.

     

  26. 16:54:27 CEST

    No chance for Rui Costa today. He crosses the finish line more than eight minutes back.

     

  27. 16:52:07 CEST

    The Bordaka Tontorra climb is about to begin. It is 2.5km long, with one sector at 20%.

     

  28. 16:50:08 CEST

    9km remaining from 219km

    The attackers have a lead of 20 seconds now.

     

  29. 16:49:38 CEST

    Tinkoff-Saxo is working for team leader Roman Kreuziger, in the absence of Alberto Contador. 

     

  30. 16:48:58 CEST

    Behind the Tinkoff-Saxo team is also working at the head of the peloton.

     

  31. 16:46:43 CEST

    Pieter Serry (Etixx-QuickStep) has attacked alone but Gilbert is in the front group and looking strong.

     

  32. 16:45:49 CEST

    The peloton is also in sight and is 40 seconds back. 

     

  33. 16:45:02 CEST

    Here comes the break, with just five up front and four chasers, including Hesjedal.

     

  34. 16:42:23 CEST

    The riders are about to pass through the finish in San Sebastian before the final, steep climb of the race. 

     

  35. 16:40:27 CEST

    The 12 have just a 15-second lead.

     

  36. 16:39:35 CEST

    Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) is also in the attack.

     

  37. 16:37:33 CEST

    Rosetto of Cofidis was the first to the summit of the Arkale and is in the 12-rider group.  

     

  38. 16:36:07 CEST

    The attackers will be working to open a gap before the final steep climb of the Bordako Tontorra, which ends just 7km from the finish in San Sebastian.

     

  39. 16:34:32 CEST

    Also in the 12-rider group is Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin).

     

  40. 16:33:52 CEST

    Gilbert has made a move, joining an attack over the top of the Arkale.

     

  41. 16:31:48 CEST

    As expected the Alto Arkale climb has seen the race comeback together. The big favourites will soon play their cards. 

     

  42. 16:30:42 CEST

    The peloton is just 15 seconds behind the attack now. 

     

  43. 16:26:26 CEST

    32km remaining from 219km

    Boaro leads by just 10 seconds but Katusha is working with Movistar.

     

  44. 16:25:32 CEST

    The Arkale is going to be decisive for the finale shake out.

     

  45. 16:23:48 CEST

    38km remaining from 219km

    Boaro is fighting on has spent a lot of energy.

     

  46. 16:20:12 CEST

    There is also a chase group of 16 riders but the peloton is closing them down quickly.

     

  47. 16:17:51 CEST

    We now have a three riders up front, with Vanendert and Degand getting across to Boaro upfront.

     

  48. 16:13:27 CEST

    He leads by 1:05.

     

  49. 16:13:15 CEST

    Boaro is still away after the super fastest descent.

     

  50. 16:10:45 CEST

    Also a threat today are Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Adam and Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) and perhaps Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida). 

     

  51. 16:01:30 CEST

    The break is 38 seconds back, with the peloton at a further 1:00. 

     

  52. 15:59:32 CEST

    A tailwind is helping the peloton chase the attacks.

     

  53. 15:59:05 CEST

    Boaro is the first to the summit, with the chasers 30 seconds back.

     

  54. 15:57:07 CEST

    We now have four groups up the road on the attack after Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) and Mikel Landa (Astana) also surged ahead.  

     

  55. 15:55:52 CEST

    The peloton is still 60 riders strong but other riders are trying to go clear.  

     

  56. 15:53:45 CEST

    Boaro is an excellent time trialist and is trying to go away alone with a controlled effort.

     

  57. 15:52:57 CEST

    Boaro attacked with 3km to go to the summit.

     

  58. 15:52:12 CEST

    Boaro attacks and splits the breakaway.

     

  59. 15:49:35 CEST

    Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing) and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) also go on the attack but Movistar is fighting back.

     

  60. 15:46:38 CEST

    Astana makes a move with Rein Taaramäe going away with Damiano Caruso (BMC). Teams are trying to break Movistar's control of the race.

     

  61. 15:43:24 CEST

    The big favourites are also on the climb now, with Gilbert, Valverde and others all preparing for the attacks.   

     

  62. 15:40:06 CEST

    The riders begin the Jaizkibel again. Here we go. 

     

  63. 15:35:15 CEST

    65km remaining from 219km

    Haas has been caught by the other attackers and so the eight are back together.

     

  64. 15:32:39 CEST

    Movistar has five riders on the front of the peloton and is controlling the break. 

     

  65. 15:29:18 CEST

    Behind Rory Sutherland is doing a lot of work on the front for Movistar. 

     

  66. 15:27:39 CEST

    Nathan Hass is clearly on form and has gone away alone on the Alto Arkale climb.  

     

  67. 15:23:15 CEST

    The race is nearing the Alto Arkale climb with 75km to go. They then face the Jaizkibel again, when the race traditionally explodes.

     

  68. 15:16:48 CEST

    80km remaining from 219km

    The gap is falling and is down to 1:50.  

     

  69. 15:14:08 CEST

    Haas was the first rider over the Jaizkibel but the peloton is chasing the break, with Movistar doing lots of work for team leader Alejandro Valverde.

     

  70. 15:12:43 CEST

    The eight riders in the break are: Manuel Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo), Valerio Agnoli (Astana), Dennis Vannendert (Lotto Soudal), Nathan Haas (Cannondale-Garmin), Maarten Wynants (LottoNL-Jumbo), Thomas Degand (IAM Cycling), Liuis Mas (Caja Rural) and Romain Hardy (Cofidis). 

  71. 15:00:20 CEST

    The break of the riders includes eight riders and they currently lead by 2:10. 

     

  72. 14:59:28 CEST

    The riders have just tackled the Jaizkibel climb for the first time, with 90km left to race.  

     

  73. 14:58:02 CEST

    The Clasica is Spain's most important one-day race and the first race on the UCI WorldTour since the Tour de France.   

     

  74. 14:57:19 CEST

     Hello and welcome to the action from San Sebastian.