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Alejandro wins the Clasica of San Sebastian

Alejandro wins the Clasica of San Sebastian

and takes the lead of the World Tour

This afternoon, Alejandro crossed the finishing line of the Clásica of San Sebastián in solitary after an impressive demonstration in the final of the race. After catching Joaquín Rodríguez in the final climb, he attacked in the descent and increased the gap with the followers on the flat part. This is his tenth victory of the season.

Those are Alejandro’s declarations in San Sebastián:

“It was not really like a big grudge held by me, because I’ve shown how I can do, all year long. It’s just that it was a bad end to my Tour, not being able to achieve the podium goal after coming so close. The only thing we could do was racing on full steam, like I always do when I put on a backnumber. San Sebastián is a race I really like, even more with this route. It’s my second victory here, plus two other podiums. Ten wins already this season, now on top of the WorldTour… I can only be happy.

“The Igeldo climb was amazing. It really changes the race. Those like me who come to win it will always save something for end. It gets harder when the pace picks up in Jaizkibel, where the group shrinks, but the rhythm is not so hard afterwards. It was important to do well on the climb, but also on the descent. If you gained a few meters on the uphill section, it was very difficult for your rivals to get back on the downhill. I followed Joaquim’s wheel when he jumped away, but he kept accelerating and went solo. As he told to me after the race, he lacked a bit of strength at the end of the climb, while I kept the pace stable and went full gas in the final slopes to reach him down. I took the lead in the downhill to try and fight for it, just the two of us, and wasn’t really aware of Yates’s crash. When I saw I was alone, there wasn’t other thing to do than going flat-out until the finish.

“This victory is a tribute to the Movistar Team and my wife, Natalia, always by my side. Now we’ll keep training, but taking things easy, having some rest and starting thinking about the Vuelta. We’ve got a really strong squad, with Nairo in, and we’ll do our best to keep the overall title within the team.”