This Saturday, the colours of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux shone through the rain at the Clasica San Sebastian (1.WT, 31/07). Valerio Piva’s riders chose to hide in the peloton before setting the guns ablaze. A breakaway of sixteen riders was finally formed after a long battle, gaining a maximal advantage of 4 minutes. The early escapees appeared one by one through the mist, until also last escapee Romo was caught on the first slopes of the Erlaitz (3.9km at 10.6%).
Before, when covering the Jaizkibel (7.9km at 5.5%), the riders from Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux gathered together in the front and Bakelants and Eiking tried to bridge to Romo. On the downhill, Lorenzo Rota chased new race leader Simon Carr with three companions. The chasers managed to join him with 20 kilometer to go, but had to keep the remaining peloton at a safe distance with the Murgil (2,1km aan 10%) still to come. The five riders were about to contest for the victory, until a disaster happened. Mikkel Honoré touched the pavement and crashed with Rota. The Italian rider was able to continue his race, but had to settle with 4th place, half a minute after winner Neilson Powless. Behind, Odd Christian Eiking sprinted to 7th and offered the Belgian a double top 10 for its first participation in the Donostia Klasikoa.