Tony Gallopin Soloes to Win in Clasica San Sebastian
Tony Gallopin (Radio-Shack-Leopard) has won the Clasica San Sebastian. The Frenchman jumped away from a 13-man lead group on the day’s last climb and held on to win the rugged, 232-km classic in 5:39:02. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) outsprinted Roman Kreuziger (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) for second at 0:28.
up for a frustrating Tour de France. “I was so tired after the Tour de France and even disappointed because I couldn’t win a stage,” the Frenchman said. “But this morning, I immediately knew that I had super good legs. I like the one-day races, but this is the first time I’ve done this race so it was really new for me. But I’m so happy. To be here on the podium with Valverde and Kreuziger means a lot to me.”
RadioShack-Leopard directeur sportif Alain Gallopin, Tony’s uncle, said that his nephew had good form coming out of the Tour de France and that form, racecraft, and teamwork were responsible for the win.
“Tony told me he had good legs on the Arkale so I told him to go. Cycling is not complicated. I think the victory is well deserved. We didn’t start with one leader as we had many, many riders in good shape… The fact that we’ve also won the Teams GC here illustrates the teamwork involved. Tony was probably the smartest guy as he didn’t waste his forces on the first climb of the Jaizkibel. Yesterday when we arrived from the airport we did a recon of that climb with Tony behind my car and he liked it. It was at that point he already showed his motivation.
"One week after the Tour you will still have good Tour shape if you rest enough. Tony just did two criteriums, and now he can forget his frustrating Tour. He crashed on the first day and in the last week he had bad luck with some mechanical problems. Today proved that you can never give up."
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