Alaphilippe sprints to San Sebastian Classic triumph
San Sebastian (Spain) (AFP)
Julian Alaphilippe, the winner of the polka dot jersey for the best climber at the Tour de France, pipped Bauke Mollema to victory in a sprint finish at Saturday's San Sebastian Classic.
Quick Step rider Alaphilippe and Mollema, the 2016 champion, broke clear with eight of the 228.7 kilometres remaining in Spain after a nasty crash sent two race favourites, Egan Bernal and Mikel Landa, to hospital.
The 26-year-old Alaphilippe continued the good form that saw him win a pair of mountain stages on this year's Tour and easily claim the king of the mountains prize.
Saturday's race favoured the climbers, with eight climbs in total including a double ascent of the category one Jaizkibel.
Alaphilippe and Mollema escaped on the day's final climb, the Murgil Tontorra which featured sections with a gradient of 22 percent, before the Frenchman shone again in a two-man sprint.
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