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2022 Clásica de San Sebastián (World Tour), Spain

41st edition: Saturday, July 30, 2022

Classica San Sebastian podium history | 2021 edition | 2023 edition | Race map & profile | Race photos

Donostia - Donostia (Basque for the city of San Sebastián), 224.8 km

Remco Evenepoel wins in San Sebastian. Photo: Gonazalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

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Weather at start/finish city of San Sebastián at 1:20 PM, local time: 23C (74F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the northwest at 13 km/hr (8 mph). There is a 3% chance of rain.

The race course: Retired Basque racer Roberto Laiseka writes: The course for the 2022 Clásica is 224 km long. The first part of the event is to be run along the coast of Gipuzkoa and is mainly flat. This is good ground for breakaways, though it will be a hard struggle.

The second part of the race is mountainous, with the climbs to Jaizkibel (category 2) and Erlaitz (category 1). These two climbs will separate the wheat from the chaff and the strongest riders will set the pace for the rest of the race. The riders pass through the finish line on their way to the final climb to Murgil (category 2). This is a short climb, but it’s very steep inclines will put the pack to the test one last time. From the top, it is just 8 km to the finish, so it is important to finish the climb in a good position. The riders descend Igeldo and then go flat out for the line.”

The race: Here's the report from winner Remco Evenepoel's Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team.

Remco Evenepoel obliterated the field in a manner similar to the one of this spring, when he took a spectacular solo victory in Liège–Bastogne–Liège, this time powering to a staggering 33rd win in the pro ranks at a Clasica San Sebastian edition that will go down in history.

The Belgian made his move on the explosive slope of Erlaitz, after the ferocious pace set by his teammates on Jaizkibel softened the bunch and distanced many of the pre-race favourites. Unfettered by the double-digit gradients, Evenepoel rode everyone off his wheel and turned the last part of the race into a 45km individual time trial. At the top of the climb, the gap to the closest chaser sat at 20 seconds, but with every kilometer it continued to grow, and by the time he arrived in San Sebastian for the short finishing loop he had more than a minute on the five riders who were trying to claw back seconds.

Murgil Tontorra, the 2.1km hill where three years ago, in his neo-pro season, he made the race-winning move, was ridden flat out by Remco through a sea of Basque fans who made for an electric atmosphere as our rider widened his advantage considerably. A feverish crowd gave the 22-year-old a raucous cheer as he arrived on the iconic Boulevard, close to the scenic La Concha beach, where he celebrated his second victory in Clasica San Sebastian by a margin of 1:58, the largest in a World Tour one-day race since 2010.

“I came at the start fresh and motivated after a solid altitude training camp in Livigno and I am delighted with the way everything worked out.

"Liège–Bastogne–Liège and Clasica San Sebastian are my favourite one-day races out there, and to win them both in the same season is amazing”, said the first rider in eleven years to achieve this feat.

“The guys did an incredible job from the beginning of the day and I am grateful to them, it was thanks to their hard work that I could arrive on the Erlaitz with a lot of energy. All I had to do there was to go all-out, and that’s what I did. The gap was good, and I maintained the tempo after getting clear, although it wasn’t easy with the headwind. Then I rode full gas on Murgil Tontorra, before taking it a bit slow on the descent, knowing the two-minute advantage was enough. It was a perfect race for us and I am happy with my second txapela. I love racing here, the fans are fantastic and I can’t wait to return to the Basque Country when the Vuelta – where I’ll go with a good feeling, relaxed and confident after this win – visits it in a couple of weeks.”

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Complete results:


224.8 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.659 km/hr

1 Remco Evenepoel Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl 5hr 31min 44sec
2 Pavel Sivakov INEOS Grenadiers @ 1min 58sec
3 Tiesj Benoot Jumbo-Visma 2:31
4 Bauke Mollema Trek-Segafredo 3:11
5 Carlos Rodriguez INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
6 Simon Yates BikeExchange-Jayco 3:28
7 Toms Skujins Trek-Segafredo 4:09
8 Mattias Jensen Trek-Segafredo s.t.
9 Rigoberto Uran EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
10 Lorenzo Rota Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
12 Rudy Molard Groupama-FDJ s.t.
13 George Bennett UAE Team Emirates s.t.
14 Clement Berthet Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
15 Stefan De Bod Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
16 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
17 Joel Nicolau Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
18 Guillaume Martin Cofidis s.t.
19 Antonio Pedrero Movistar s.t.
20 Esteban Chaves EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
21 Vincenzo Nibali Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
22 Carl Fredrik Hagen Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
23 Domenico Pozzovivo Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
24 Chris Hamilton Team DSM s.t.
25 Sebastien Reichenbach Groupama-FDJ s.t.
26 Clément Champoussin Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
27 Simone Velasco Astana Qazaqstan 4:29
28 Jaakko Hänninen Ag2r-Citroën 4:30
29 Gino Mäder Bahrain Victorious 4:32
30 Gorka Izagirre Movistar 4:54
31 Jan Bakelants Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
32 Alan Jousseaume TotalEnergies s.t.
33 Lars Van Den Berg Groupama-FDJ s.t.
34 Mark Donovan Team DSM s.t.
35 Brandon Rivera INEOS Grenadiers 5:20
36 Wilco Kelderman BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
37 Jonathan Caicedo EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
38 Jose Manuel Diaz Burgos-BH 5:34
39 Mikaël Chérel Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
40 Victor De La Parte TotalEnergies s.t.
41 Emanuel Buchmann BORA-hansgrohe 5:36
42 Chris Harper Jumbo-Visma 6:10
43 Davide Villella Cofidis s.t.
44 Rui Costa UAE Team Emirates s.t.
45 Daryl Impey Israel-Premier Tech 9:00
46 Urko Berrade Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
47 Pau Miquel Delgado Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
48 Mikel Bizkarra Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
49 Harry Sweeny Lotto Soudal 9:43
50 Fausto Masnada Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl 10:47
51 Antonio Angulo Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
52 Ander Okamika Burgos-BH 12:10
53 Robert Gesink Jumbo-Visma s.t.
54 Vadim Pronskiy Astana Qazaqstan s.t.
55 Tsgabu Grmay BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
56 Hermann Pernsteiner Bahrain Victorious s.t.
57 Tao Geoghegan Hart INEOS Grenadiers s.t.
58 Mikel Nieve Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 13:33
59 Adria Moreno Sala Burgos-BH 13:41
60 Kenny Elissonde Trek-Segafredo 13:48


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Race map & profile:

San Sebastian classic map

Here's the map of the 2022 Clasica San Sebastian

San Sebastian Classic profile

Clasica de San Sebastián photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Team TotalEnergies

Team TotalEnergies is presented before the race start.

Alejandro Valverde

Prior to the start Alejandro Valverde is honored.

Race start

It's time to start racing.

Yukiya Arashiro

Japanese road champion Yukiya Arashiro

Joao Almeida

Joao Almeida after crashing.

Sebastien Reichenbach

Sebastien Reichenbach

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

Alejandro Valverde

The evergreen Alejandro Valverde.

Remco Evenepoel

Remco Evenpoel climbs past excited spectators.

Remco Evenepoel

Remco Evenpoel is gone.

Remco Evenepoel

No other racers in sight as Remco Evenepoel wins the race.

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