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France’s Gallopin wins San Sebastian classic

July 27, 2013

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) — Tony Gallopin of France won the one-day San Sebastian classic on Saturday, the 25-year-old cyclist’s first major win.

Gallopin, riding for RadioShack-Leopard, completed the mountainous race in 5 hours, 39 minutes, 2 seconds after breaking away on the final climb.

“I was so tired after the Tour de France and even disappointed because I couldn’t win a stage,” Gallopin said. “But this morning I immediately knew that I had super good legs.

“I like the one-day races but this is the first time I’ve done this race so it was really new for me. But I’m so happy.”

The 232-kilometer (144-mile) race started and finished in the northern coastal city of San Sebastian after passing through two category-one and three category-two summit climbs.

The 2008 winner Alejandro Valverde of Movistar, Czech rider Roman Kreuziger of SaxoBank and local favorite Mikel Nieve of Euskatel-Euskadi crossed the finish line next, 28 seconds behind Gallopin.

Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana was 3:20 off Gallopin’s pace, while two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador was 4:40 back.

“To be here on the podium with Valverde and Kreuziger means a lot to me,” Gallopin said.

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