Clásica de San Sebastián 2018: Favourites

To win the Clásica de San Sebastián you have to be a good climber and an accomplished descender. At 228.7 kilometres, the route takes in eight ascents. The last one is the steep Murgil before the riders plunge down to the line in San Sebastián. Who are the major contenders to win the 2018 Clásica de San Sebastián? (Slideshow route/profile)

The route of the Clásica de San Sebastián is a copy of last year’s edition, which was won bij Michael Kwiatkowski. Mikel Landa forced a crucial selection on the Murgil with only Tony Gallopin and Bauke Mollema able to follow. Michal Kwiakowski and Tom Dumoulin bridged across in the descent before the Pole won the five-up sprint.

The route takes in eight intermediate climbs. The infamous Alto de Jaizkibel and Alto Arkale are on the menu twice. In fact, the last 100 kilometres of the race open with a lap over these two peaks before the riders plunge down to San Sebastián. Following the passage on the line they head back into the mountains for a 16 kilometres detour. The Murgil is an 1.8 kilometres climb at 11.3% with its steepest ramps at 22%. The race concludes with a 7 kilometres descent into San Sebastián.

The start list of the 2018 Clásica de San Sebastián features four former winners: Bauke Mollema (2016), Adam Yates (2015), Tony Gallopin (2013), and Luis León Sánchez (2012, 2010).

Favourites 2018 Clásica de San Sebastián

***** Bauke Mollema, Greg Van Avermaet, Adam Yates
**** Mikel Landa, Julian Alaphilippe, Primoz Roglic
*** Bob Jungels, Daniel Martin, Pierre Latour, Tim Wellens
** Rigoberto Uran, Daniel Martínez, Egan Bernal, Mikel Nieve
* David de la Cruz, Miguel Ángel López, Gorka Izagirre

Clásica de San Sebastián 2018: Route maps, height profiles, etc.

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