Clásica San Sebastián: Annemiek van Vleuten goes solo for rainsodden victory

Van Vleuten secures her first Clásica San Sebastián victory, just days after winning Olympic time trial gold in Tokyo.

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Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) scored a solo victory in the rainsodden roads of the Clásica San Sebastián on Saturday.

Van Vleuten attacked over the final climb of the Donostiako Klasikoa and soloed 10km to the line, just three days after winning the Olympic TT title in Toyko.

Ruth Winder (Trek-Segafredo) led a brave chase to finish second, and Tatiana Guderzo (Alé-BTC) outsprinted a small pack for third shortly afterward.

The victory is van Vleuten’s first at San Sebastián in what will be a coup for her Spanish team.

“My first ‘txapela,’” she said, referring to the Basque hat trophy she was handed on the podium

“I was second in the Emakumeen Bira and was jealous of the winner’s ‘txapela.’ I love racing here – I love the Basque Country.”

Movistar had looked intent on scoring in Saturday’s race through the Spanish Basque Country, controlling the escape and positioning van Vleuten for her winning move after “The Blues” had reeled in the breakaway.

“It’s an amazing victory for the team,” van Vleuten said. “Winning is nice, but we did it together. It was a hard race as everyone raced quite well, and the rain made it harder.

“With the jetlag (after returning from Tokyo), I was more tired, I didn’t get much sleep, so it was extra hard. But if the team is working that hard, I have to finish it off,”

A group of six had come together at the front of the race with around 40km to go.

Guderzo punched out of the peloton to join a bunch of five, with Pauliena Rooijakkers (Liv), Evita Muzik (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope), Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Sefgafredo), Olivia Baril (Massi-Tactic) and Ane Santesteban (BikeExchange) also in the move.

Cordon Ragot attacked out of the escape with 12 km to go to take a slim lead on the steep Murgil climb as the Movistar-led pack breathed heavy down the break’s necks.

Movistar pulled back the remnants of the break midway up the climb, setting up van Vleuten for her trademark long-range winning move. The Olympic TT champ rocketed out of the reduced lead group and promptly motored past Cordon-Ragot to hold a narrow lead over a pack of chasers at the summit of the climb.

Winder, Rooijakkers and Muzic led the pursuers over the summit before Winder powered away to lead the chase. However, with van Vleuten tearing away around 45 seconds up the road, there was no stopping the newly-minted Olympian.

Winder continued pushing, distancing Rooijakkers to secure a solid second-place.

Rooijakkers and Muzic worked well together as they raced toward the line, but it wasn’t enough to hold off a group of three chasers, including Guderzo. The fivesome came down the finish straight together and Guderzo had the legs to sprint from the front to secure third.

Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa Women Results

1VAN VLEUTEN AnnemiekMovistar Team3:53:37
2EDWARDS RuthTrek-Segafredo Women0:36
3GUDERZO TatianaAlé BTC Ljubljana1:35
4STULTIENS SabrinaLiv Racing1:35
5MUZIC ÉvitaFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope1:35
6CHAPMAN BrodieFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope1:35
7ROOIJAKKERS PaulienaLiv Racing1:38
8CORDON-RAGOT AudreyTrek-Segafredo Women1:52
9MAGNALDI EricaCeratizit-WNT Pro Cycling1:52
10VAN DIJK EllenTrek-Segafredo Women1:52
11KOREVAAR JeanneLiv Racing2:00
12ENSING JannekeTeam BikeExchange2:12
13DUVAL EugénieFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope2:12
14PINTAR UrškaAlé BTC Ljubljana2:12
15NEUMANOVA TerezaWomen Cycling Team2:53
16ROY SarahTeam BikeExchange2:53
17RAGUSA KatiaA.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team2:53
18JASKULSKA MartaLiv Racing2:53
19VAN ANROOIJ ShirinTrek-Segafredo Women2:53
20GUILMAN VictorieFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope2:53
21BARIL OliviaMassi - Tactic Women Team2:53
22SANTESTEBAN AneTeam BikeExchange2:53
23HAMMES KathrinCeratizit-WNT Pro Cycling3:32
24SILVESTRI DeboraTop Girls Fassa Bortolo3:38
25PERSICO SilviaValcar - Travel & Service3:40
26PALADIN SorayaLiv Racing3:40
27ARZUFFI Alice MariaValcar - Travel & Service3:45
28CHURSINA AnastasiiaAlé BTC Ljubljana3:47
29MARTÍN SaraMovistar Team3:52
30PIRRONE ElenaValcar - Travel & Service4:00
31BIRIUKOVA YuliiaEneicat - RBH Global4:00
32MERINO EiderA.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling Team4:18
33HANSON LaurettaTrek-Segafredo Women5:02
34WIEL JadeFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope5:02
35KERN ŠpelaMassi - Tactic Women Team5:34
36ŽIGART UrškaTeam BikeExchange5:34
37ERASO IdoiaLaboral Kutxa - Fundacion Euskadi5:53
38TRIAS MireiaMassi - Tactic Women Team5:59
39BOOGAARD MaaikeAlé BTC Ljubljana5:59
40VIGIE MargauxValcar - Travel & Service6:30
41OYARBIDE LourdesMovistar Team9:03
42GONZÁLEZ AliciaMovistar Team9:03
43RODRÍGUEZ GloriaMovistar Team9:03
44MAIA MelissaTeam Farto - BTC9:03
45KENNEDY LucyTeam BikeExchange10:17
46ERIĆ JelenaMovistar Team13:34
47PIERGIOVANNI Federica DamianaValcar - Travel & Service15:57
48STEELS ClaireSopela Women's Team16:08

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.

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