In today’s 37th Clasica San Sebastian, Michal Kwiatkowski was part of a five-man group, four of whom had ridden the Tour de France, which had attacked from the reduced peloton on the ascent of the fearsome Murgil, the day’s last climb, before swooping back into town to contest the sprint for the line. Won with ease by the Polish rider ahead of former race winners, Tony Gallopin (2013) and defending champion Bauke Mollema, who rounded out the podium. This victory takes Kwiatkowski into second place in the WorldTour rankings and he becomes only the second rider ever to win Milan-San Remo and the Clasica in the same season. Post-race Kwiatko paid tribute to the work done by his team, particularly the crucial role of Basque rider Mikel Landa.
After the celebratory procession from Montgeron, the riders hit the Champs-Elysees for the final eight circuits of this year’s 104th Tour de France. With the peloton all together, LottoNL-Jumbo dropped their sprinter Dylan Groenewegen off at the front on the final straight and, while it looked as if he may have launched his sprint too early, he held on to cross the line a bike-length ahead of a fast closing Andre Greipel and Edvald Boasson Hagen. Meanwhile, Chris Froome rolled in safely behind with his teammates to seal a hard-fought fourth Tour victory. Continue reading
Nicolas Roche held off Haimar Zubeldia in a two-up sprint into Riaza after the pair were the strongest riders in the day’s 25-man break. Bidding for the second Vuelta stage win of his career, Roche confidently led Zubeldia to the line before timing his sprint to perfection.