Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma- Lotto) continued his run of classic wins at the Clasica San Sebastian. After his win in the Ardennes Classic the Belgian champion also won the Basque World Tour race over 234 kilometres. Gilbert attacked 4 kilometres from the finish from a breakaway group and was able to maintain a lead of 12 seconds on the Spaniard Carlos Barredo (Rabobank) until the finish line. Barredo had previously won the event in 2009.
“I’m very pleased about this win”, said a beaming Gilbert shortly after the finish. “I would really like to win all the major classics and today I have come one step closer to achieving that aim. My next events are the Eneco-Tour, the Vattenfall Cyclassics, the GP Plouay and the races in Canada. After all that I’d love to win the world championship road race”.
After the Tour de France the Belgian champion didn’t have a single day off. He commented, “The last week has been very stressful. After the Tour I took part in numerous criteriums and always got to bed very late – around 11 p.m. or midnight or sometimes even at 2 a.m. Yesterday I took part in the Criterium St. Niklaas and travelled to the event by private jet, which landed at around 2 a.m”. With reference to these irregular sleeping habits he added, “I feel rather like a Spaniard”.