After a hectic final at Clasica San Sebastian saw multiple crashes, a two rider late attack went clear to take the stage honours whilst Team Sunweb finished safe in the bunch.
An early break of six riders were granted seven minutes of freedom by the peloton, before the first category Jaizkibel saw their lead drastically drop down to the two minute marker. As the day of climbing progressed, the group were brought back early and immediately more moves went clear. Various groups enjoyed stints up the road whilst Team Sunweb stayed tucked in the peloton. At 20 kilometres to go the race had regrouped, and a crash at the front of the bunch saw Chris Hamilton down and in need of mechanical assistance.
A reduced group went forward to conclude the stage, and Team Sunweb still had Michael Matthews, Martijn Tusveld and Jai Hindley up in the front group. A late two rider attack went forward to contest the victory, with the team finishing in the peloton after a tough day of racing in the Basque country.
Michael Matthews said: Today was shaping up to be a really good day for us, we had a super strong team around me the whole day and I was really impressed with all the boys today. We got into the final of the race with five guys ready to set up the final climb for me but with 20 kilometres to go there was a really big crash in the front of the bunch which impacted all of us. Our race was over after that unfortunately. It’s super sad because I had really good legs today and the team were riding amazingly together.”
Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts said: “The day went well for us and we still had 5 riders together going towards the final climb, unfortunately a crash took down all of our guys with 20 kilometres to go, bike and wheel changes were needed and the chance for a result was gone.”