The first race for Team Giant-Alpecin after the whirlwind of the Tour de France is the one-day race Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian. This 220.2km race favours the puncheurs and in Warren Barguil (FRA) the team carries a rider well suited to this type of course as he finished in ninth place last year.
Coach Arthur van Dongen (NED) said: “As usual we expect a very difficult race at the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian. In this year’s edition there is a new finale of 16km which includes a steep climb. On Friday we will do a recon so we will know what to expect.
“We will concentrate our efforts around Warren and aim to bring him as fresh as possible to the finale. In addition Laurens and Sam will have a vital role in supporting him throughout the race and with good teamwork we can achieve a top 10 result.”