Sanchez Won the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian

Road: Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian was run this year on a tougher course where riders would take over the Jaizkibel and Arkale twice the last 100 kilometers. It took Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d’Epargne) very good. He won ahead of Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) and Carlos Sastre (Cervelo Test Team).

Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian was run this year on a tougher course where riders would take over the Jaizkibel and Arkale twice the last 100 kilometers. It took Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d’Epargne) very good. He won ahead of Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) and Carlos Sastre (Cervelo Test Team).

The decisive move came last time up for Jaizkibel when Luis Leon Sanchez was the first to attack. He quickly got a gap, and it was only Alexandre Vinokourov and Carlos Sastre who could follow with ish offensive. The trio kept away to the finish and had to settle for victory in a spurt of three.

“It’s nice to win one like this important race at such a demanding and long course, the new route made the race much tougher and more decisive, says Luis Leon Sanchez.

Carlos Sastre who had very bad luck during the season made his best effort in years when he trick third place.

“I’m really happy to have got on the podium after all the bad luck I’ve had this season. Twice over the Jaizkibel makes this competition more realistic for me and I had a good feeling throughout the contest. The team did a great job and protected me for the first time over the Jaizkibel. My legs responded when they needed. I had a little cramping the last mile, but I’m satisfied, “said Carlos Sastre.

Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian:
1 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 5:47:13
2. Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
3 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
4 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack, 0:34
5 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:37
6 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions
7 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
8 Nicholas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Samuel Sánchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
10 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank