Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Ion Izagirre 7th in San Sebastian, Gorka Izagirre and Kanstantsin Siutsou victims of the group crash
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Ion Izagirre 7th in San Sebastian, Gorka Izagirre and Kanstantsin Siutsou victims of the group crash

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Clásica de San Sebastián 2108.

San Sebastian, August 4th– 228,7 km

Another tough and long Clásica de San Sebastián in the 38thyear of its history, under very hot weather conditions finished today in a beautyful bay of San Sebastian.

228,7 kilometres long, Clásica de San Sebastián and its route through the steep hills of the Basque Country. The course passed eight climbs with the steep Jaitzkibel and Arkala climbs at the last 20 km to the finish. TBM riders did a good teamwork keeping the team leaders, Gorka and Ion Izagirre safe.

At the point of 50km to go, the group became compact and the 6 breakaway riders were caught. The race started to be tactically interesting with TBM, Team Astana, Katusha and BMC taking over the tempo. But at 20 km to go, the big group crash happened in which Gorka Izagirre, Kanstantsin Siutsou were the TBM victims of a bad crash caused by one Dimension Data rider. There were few more riders that suffered worse injuries. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Mikel Landa (Team Movistar) were placed in neck-braces and taken to hospital. This crash definitely ruined the sports beauty and a better scenario of today’s race.

At the end, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) brought his great Tour de France form in his luggage, and took the victory of the San Sebastian Classic 2018.  Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo) was the only rider that managed to go into a sprint with Alaphilippe today and took the second place. The winning duo made a 30 second gap ahead of Anthony Roux (FDJ) who finished third in the second group sprint in which Ion Izagirre finished on a 7th position.

Ion Izagirre gave us his thoughts after today’s race; ” I had good legs throughout the day, I tried to keep the speed at the last climb Mollema and Alaphilippe attacked. I just have to congratulate with them as they were really the strongest today. Well, I have to be patient and wait for the next races of the season“.

Dr. Carlo Guardascione, TBM doctor gave us the medical update of Gorka Izagirre and Kanstantsin Siutsou few hours after: “Gorka Izagirre had an X-Ray in San Sebastian hospital and luckily there are no fractures. He suffered ribs contusions and hematoms and full recovery might be expected within 10 days from now,  while Kanstantin Siutsou has a left scapula contusion and hematoma, he will fly to Italy and tomorrow, he will make an X-ray too”

Credits Bettiniphoto