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Clasica San Sebastian - CDM
Spain, August 10, 2002
Jalabert takes his second Clasica San Sebastian
By Jeff Jones
In almost a carbon copy of last year's race, Laurent Jalabert (CSC-Tiscali) won the Clasica San Sebastian for the second time. Last year, after attacking on the final climb of the Alto de Jaizkibel, Jalabert outsprinted Francesco Casagrande and Davide Rebellin in San Sebastian. This year, he attacked on the Jaizkibel in pursuit of Andrei Kivilev, catching the Cofidis rider and forming a group of six over the top. At the finish he was clearly faster than Igor Astarloa (Saeco) and Gabriele Missaglia (Lampre).
"I've shown that I have the experience to win a World Cup classic," said a satisfied Jalabert after the race. "Today I was not overly confident because it had started to rain, but I was not afraid to try for victory."
In the World Cup standings, Johan Museeuw maintained his leader's jersey, despite being dropped on the Jaizkibel. His closest rival Paolo Bettini could only manage 7th today, picking up 28 points and moving to within 68 points of Museeuw. Next week's Meisterschaft von Zurich is also suited to Bettini, but he will have to win or come second before he can take the jersey.
Moving up to third on the World Cup standings today was Saeco's Igor Astarloa, twice second in the last two World Cups. Astarloa now has 152 points, and leads US Postal's George Hincapie by 28 points. Unfortunately, the American crashed on the descent of the Jaizkibel and went over a barrier. He injured his shoulder and abandoned the race, but it is not yet known how serious his injuries are.
How it unfolded
180 riders started in San Sebastian in very wet conditions, and were clearly not in the mood to race hard early on. Two riders - Juan Miguel Mercado (iBanesto.com) and Constantino Zaballa (Kelme) decided that they preferred being out in front, and accelerated on the first climb of the day, the Alto De Orio at kilometre 19. They were allowed to get well clear, and built a maximum lead of 15 minutes.
The rain cleared and the racing got serious, as the peloton set about trying to close the gap to the two leaders. Principal animators of the chase were Gerolsteiner, who were trying to set up Davide Rebellin for a race winning attack on the Jaizkibel. They pegged the gap back quickly, as the two leaders started to lose a minute every four kilometres on the approach to the Jaizkibel.
Just before the foot of the climb, the blue jerseys of the US Postal squad took over at the front, with Ekimov, White, Landis and Armstrong trying to springboard Hincapie into a good position on the climb, or if that failed then Armstrong himself would be up there. It didn't quite work however, as Andrei Kivilev (Cofidis) was the first to attack on the 9 km climb, quickly catching and passing the two leaders who had been in front for over 160 kilometres.
Kivilev reached a 15 second lead before the inevitable reaction came in the peloton. Jalabert tried once, but was too closely marked, allowing Gabriele Missaglia (Lampre) and Carlos Sastre (CSC) to chase down Kivilev. Next, Igor Astarloa (Saeco) and Raffaele Ferrara (Alessio) bridged up, forming a group of five.
However, Jalabert was not done yet, and put in a second attack to close the gap. Ferrara didn't last long in the group and it was back down to five riders again, with the peloton, now beginning to fragment, chasing them at 20 seconds. Lance Armstrong was doing a lot of work at the front, but was lacking his top Tour de France form and could not bring them back. Danilo Di Luca tried forcing the pace, and succeeded in getting a group of 17 off the front, including Dario Frigo (Tacconi), Francesco Casagrande and Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo) and Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner).
This group also couldn't make much of an impression on the 15 second gap, so Dario Frigo took off on his own in pursuit as they approached the top of the climb. Frigo was five seconds behind Jalabert and co. at the top, and closed it on the descent. Behind him, the peloton was in tatters, with no-one being able to organise a consistent chase. It reformed into a group of 40 riders or so on the descent, but with only 25 kilometres to go and a minute gap to close to the committed breakaways, it was going to be a struggle.
The descent of the Jaizkibel was where George Hincapie came to grief. The big US Postal rider went over the safety barrier, while his bike remained in the middle of the road. He was obviously in pain, clutching his shoulder as his team director Dirk Demol rushed to his help, and had to abandon the race.
At the head of affairs, Carlos Sastre finished his work for Jalabert and dropped off on the day's final climb of Alto De Gurutze, leaving Jalabert, Kivilev, Missaglia, Astarloa and Frigo to fight it out to the finish. The five continued to work smoothly all the way into San Sebastian, no-one willing to try an attack despite the obvious threat of Jalabert.
On the approach to the line, it was Andrei Kivilev who started the sprint, but it was rather optimistic. Missaglia and Astarloa quickly came around him, with Jalabert in their slipstream trying to get past. At one stage he even put his hand out towards Astarloa, but there was plenty of room for JaJa to come through and take his second successive San Sebastian win, and a very nice one. After last year, everyone knew what he was going to do, but they couldn't stop him.
Photos by AFP
Photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti
1 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali 5.47.29 (39.19 km/h) 2 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport 3 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 4 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis 5 Dario Frigo (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 6 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 0.35 7 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 8 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis 9 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio 10 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco 0.41 11 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step 12 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 13 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 14 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 15 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 16 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 17 Richard Virenque (Fra) Domo-Farm Frites 18 Udo Bolts (Ger) Telekom 19 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 20 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis 21 David Cañada Gracia (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step 22 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada 23 Andrea Peron (Ita) CSC-Tiscali 24 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2r-Prevoyance 25 Antonio Colom (Spa) Relax Fuenlabrada 26 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank 27 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 28 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 29 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank 30 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) iBanesto.com 31 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Alessio 32 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 33 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis 34 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 35 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski 36 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com 37 Nicki Sørensen (Den) CSC-Tiscali 38 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 39 Sergio Perez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada 40 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 41 Cadel Evans (Aus) Mapei-Quick Step 42 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo 43 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 44 Marcos A. Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 45 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 46 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service 47 Isidro Nozal Vega (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 48 Michael Rasmussen (Den) CSC-Tiscali 49 Santiago Blanco Gil (Spa) iBanesto.com 50 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 51 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service 4.45 52 Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi 53 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis 54 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 55 Gorka Gerrikagoitia Arrien (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 56 Ruggero Borghi (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 57 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Domo-Farm Frites 58 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin 59 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 60 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 61 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 62 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 63 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Team Telekom 64 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 65 José Luis Rebollo Aguado (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada 66 Bobby Julich (USA) Team Telekom 67 Mikel Artetxe Gezuraga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 68 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner 69 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 70 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 71 Massimo Donati (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 72 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Alessio 73 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 74 Jose Vazquez (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada 5.33 75 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 6.02 76 Nacor Burgos (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada 7.15 77 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) CSC-Tiscali 78 Pedro Diaz (Spa) Jazztel-Costa del Almeria 8.20 79 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Rabobank 80 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole 81 Francisco Cabello Luque (Spa) Kelme 82 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Team Telekom 83 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 84 Inigo Chaurreau Bernardez (Spa) Ag2r-Prevoyance 85 Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme 86 Jesus Maria Manzano Ruano (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 87 Iker Camano (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 88 Michael Blaudzun (Den) CSC-Tiscali 89 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2r-Prevoyance 90 Gorka Arrizabalaga Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 91 Iker Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 92 Gustavo Mario Toledo (Arg) Jazztel-Costa de Almeria 93 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio 94 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Gerolsteiner 95 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole 96 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 97 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) ONCE-Eroski 98 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio 99 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 100 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis 101 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Fassa Bortolo 102 Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com 103 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio 104 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio 105 Oscar Laguna Garcia (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada 106 Ricardo Valdez (Spa) Jazztel-Costa del Almeria 107 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal Service 108 Jorge Capitan (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada 109 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 110 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 111 Dmitri Gaynitdinov (Rus) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 112 Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 113 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 114 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 115 José Azevedo (Por) ONCE-Eroski 116 Alessio Galletti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 117 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin 118 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Domo-Farm Frites 119 Marcelino Garcia Alonso (Spa) CSC-Tiscali 12.13 120 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank 121 Francisc Cerezo Perales (Spa) CSC-Tiscali 122 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 123 Jose Antonio Pecharroman (Spa) Jazztel-Costa del Almeria 124 Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 125 Tom Stremersch (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 126 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole 127 Maximilian Sciandri (GBr) Lampre-Daikin 128 Reto Bergmann (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 129 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 130 Kevin Livingston (USA) Team Telekom 131 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Alessio 132 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank 133 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 134 Gianluca Sironi (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 135 Igor Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 136 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Fassa Bortolo 137 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 138 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 139 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) iBanesto.com 140 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com 141 Thierry Loder (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 142 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems 143 Anthony Langella (Fra) Credit Agricole 144 Addy Engels (Ned) Rabobank 145 Carlos Golbano (Spa) Jazztel-Costa del Almeria 16.33 146 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service 20.03 147 David Kopp (Ger) Team Telekom 21.16 148 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner 21.22 149 Cédric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole 150 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 151 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner 152 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Kelme 153 Jorge Ferrio Luque (Spa) Jazztel-Costa de Almeria 154 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 155 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 156 Juan Carlos Guillamon Ruiz (Spa) Jazztel-Costa de Almeria 157 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Kelme 158 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites 159 Jose Julia (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 160 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Kelme
1 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 270 pts 2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 202 3 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport 152 4 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service 124 5 Peter van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 121 6 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 109 7 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali 100 8 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 100 9 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step 97 10 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis 83 11 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites 79 Full standings