Diego Ulissi was 10th in Clasica San Sebastian, at the end of a very good performance.
Lampre-ISD’s young gun pedaled in the head position of the group all along the course, also in the key moment of the race, the two passages on Alto de Jaizkibel and the two on Alto de Arkale.
After the second passage on Alto de Arkale, at 15 km to go, Ulissi (photo archive Bettini) could be in a head group that counted ten riders, but then they were joined by other cyclists. From this group of 27 athletes Leon Sanchez attacked and could reach the arrival in solo.
Damiano Cunego, at his first race after one month, could pedal in the group until the first passage on Jaizkibel.
“The race had its key moments in the second passages on Jaizkibel and Arkale - Ulissi commented - At 15 km to go, I tried an attack with Valverde, but the selection could not be definitive. Also my team mates performed a good race, especially Niemiec: I’m sure he’ll be very competitive in Vuelta. I’ll try to use my good fit in the one day races I’ll take part until the end of the season”.
“Ulissi would have deserved more than the tenth place, because he performed a very good race - Damiani, Lampre-ISD’s director, commented - It’s also necessary to point out that Niemiec and Anacona realized top performances, since they supported very well Ulissi”.
1st Leon Sanchez 5h55’35″
2nd Gerrans 10″
3rd Meersman s.t.
4th Le Mevel s.t.
10th Ulissi s.t.
39th Niemiec 3’42″, 58th Anacona 8’10″.