Bad luck stops BORA-hansgrohe at Clasica San Sebastian
Traditionally the first big race after the Tour de France is the Classica San Sebastian, because of the Olympic Games this years Klasikoa was held on the second not on the first Saturday after the Tour. The tough 223.5 kilometer-long parcours around San Sebastian favors the climbers in the bunch, with its six hard as well as steep climbs. Besides the parcours also the wet weather conditions made it a hard day for the riders. After several attacks and a lot of kilometers finally a break of 13 riders could escape from the peloton and reach about five minutes of maximum advantage. The BORA-hansgrohe riders saved their energy in the peloton to be ready for the tough accents in the finale. Unfortunately just before the penultimate climb of the day with about 45 kilometers to the finish line with Giovanni Aleotti, Matteo Fabbro and Wilco Kelderman all three captains for the day crashed in a sharp right-hander due to the wet roads. For all three of them the fight for the win and a good result was over as the peloton was already approaching the climb with a high tempo. So there was nothing left the team could do to secure a top result as the whole strategy was focused on one of the three riders. Luckily Wilco and Giovanni came away with minor injuries as Matteo injured his foot and will be watched by the team doctor.
01 N. Powless 5:34:31
02 M. Mohoric +0:00
03 M. Honoré +0:00
From the Finish Line
"Unfortunately we weren’t able to show our best today as our three main riders for a good result crashed out right before the penultimate climb. Till that point, the team did an amazing job and kept all three of them safe to bring them in the finale with as much energy as possible. But that`s cycling, within a split second all the hard work and our good strategy was gone and our race ended earlier than we hoped as there was nothing left we could do. Now we hope all riders are fine and able to race again tomorrow." – Andre Schulze, Sports Director