WorldTour one day racing returned today with the tough Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa and its 223 kilometre long parcours that featured several tough climbs, including the famous Jaizkibel, Erlaitz and Murgil Tontorra. It was fast start to racing as the the clouds loomed over the bunch, with the team particularly active trying to make the day’s breakaway, with Chad Haga and Romain Combaud both in moves that were brought back.
Eventually the elastic snapped and a large 14 rider group got clear, with all Team DSM riders in the peloton, so focus switched to saving as much energy as possible for the difficult finale. As the kilometres ticked by, the heavy rain began to fall and on the Eerlaitz climb the race was all together before more riders attacked. On the following descent the pace stayed high and the peloton split to pieces, with Jai Hindley and Chris Hamilton riding well to make the front split.
With more riders going up the road to form a leading quintet, the peloton eased in pace and heading onto the final climb the leaders had more than enough of an advantage to take the win. Hamilton and Hindley finished within the third chasing group, just over one and a half minutes behind the winner after what was a hard day in the saddle.
|1||POWLESS Neilson||EF Education - Nippo||5:34:31||400|
|2||MOHORIČ Matej||Bahrain - Victorious||,,||320|
|3||HONORÉ Mikkel Frølich||Deceuninck - Quick Step||,,||260|
|23||HAMILTON Chris||Team DSM||1:36||16|
|26||HINDLEY Jai||Team DSM||1:39||16|
|90||VERMAERKE Kevin||Team DSM||14:06||-|
|1005||COMBAUD Romain||Team DSM||-05:34:31||-|
|1005||HAGA Chad||Team DSM||,,||-|
|1005||ROCHE Nicolas||Team DSM||,,||-|
|1005||VAN WILDER Ilan||Team DSM||,,||-|