On the days final climb Tom Dumoulin went clear to join four riders at the head of the race. As the five riders contested the victory Tom finished the day in 4th place.
Team Sunweb lined up at Clasica San Sebastian today, ready to tackle the day’s eight categorised climbs along its 231 kilometre route. The day opened with seven riders snapping the elastic to form the day’s breakaway. Whilst the leading group extended their lead up to four and a half minutes, Team Sunweb remained in position inside the peloton preparing for the tough day ahead. The leading group stayed away for 150 kilometres until their formation began to split and they were swept up by the peloton.
With 25 kilometres left to race an 18-rider group opened up a gap and Laurens ten Dam went up the road to represent Team Sunweb. The final rider was brought back to the reduced bunch with 10 kilometres to go and another rider immediately launched an attack which was followed by two others. Tom Dumoulin and Warren Barguil moved up to the front of the bunch and Tom then went on the chase with another rider. The duo managed to bridge across to the three leaders and the five out front went out to contest the victory. After an attempt to open up a gap over their fellow companions was brought back, Tom finished the day in 4th place.
After the stage Tom said: “Today was a really good race for the team, everything went according to plan. The team protected me and Warren until the last climb and covered all the attacks beforehand. We were in a good position before the climb and from there it was full gas to the top. I didn’t know the descent so well so made a few mistakes that meant I had to chase even harder to get to the front, but I eventually managed to make it across. In the final I didn’t have the legs so couldn’t go for the sprint. It was a good race for the whole team, tactically we did everything perfectly so we can be satisfied with the day.”
Team Sunweb coach Tom Veelers added: “Today was a good performance from the team. We had guys pulling at the front of supporting Warren and Tom deep into the final. They had the team with them until the final climb giving them full support which was perfect. The last climb was full gas and Tom managed to go forward with the group of five to take 4th place. The team did a great job today executing the plan brilliantly so we can be pleased with the result.”