Clasica San Sebastián Cycling Preview 2015
Clasica San Sebastian gets going this Sunday back in its usual slot. Spain has had some issues with a dwindling racing calender but this one seems to be getting stronger if anything and its the prefect filler as Tour riders cool down, Vuelta riders hot up and everyone else decides if there winding down or winding back up. Valverde was a winner last year holding a gap to Mollema and he is again her to try defend his title and seek out his hat trick. Spain has a good record but Gallopin and Gilbert broke that hold in the recent past. Startlist Here
The race isn’t super though but it throws in just enough climbing to keep it interesting and the final peak is close enough to the line to prevent riding for the sprint. San Sebastian is not quiet as hilly as could be possible but its still testing and limits the possible winners from this field. Bardet is one of the names that sprung to mind after showing some adventure in the Tour and nailing that wonderful stage win with his magical descending skills on stage 18. My main worry is if he comes here to race this or just to make up the numbers and maybe help Vuillermoz both of them come in with a stage win from the Tour.
Lets talk Valverde and Rodriguez as stage favourites both will be on plenty lips. Valverde comes in from his podium at the Tour, he ended up not quiet looking good enough he is showing his age so he has got to be proud to gain a Tour podium as what looks a clean rider now although I had never doubted his natural talents alone where quiet good. Rodriguez edged off his overall ambitions and went stage hunting and he too out two stages in contrasting fashion. I would expect he still has enough sharpness but I would e unsure this parcour plays to his strengths while Valverde surely has a target on his back while the Tour might have left him lacking a little bit of kick for one day racing.
Gilbert also takes the interest he will be pretty sharp from his racing mid week back home in Belgium and without a Tour in his legs he should be dead fresh. The two Yates take the eye but Simon might be the better option on this one as Adam looked better in the opening week of racing than the latter. What I love about the Yates twins is they excel in working off each other and working separately as needed much different to the inseparable Schleck brothers.
I have a nibble of Kreuziger who might want to unleash with Contador off his back, I took the limited money I could get on 60 and try and get some of same matched on the exchanges. Bardet is in 40/1 now but I might try get a little bigger on that one. Vuillermoz is too big at 66/1 he has a prime chance here to take out another big win.
Clasica San Sebastian Outright Picks:
.5pts Simon Yates 40/1 bet365
.1pt Roman Kreuziger 60/1 888sport
.25pts Alexis Vuillermoz 66/1 sportingbet
1pt Bardet to beat Mollema 2.65 pinnacle
2.75pts Bardet to beat Rui Costa 4/6 paddys
3pts Kreuziger to beat Roche 8/11 hills
1.5pts Vuillermoz to beat Moreno 11/8 ladbrokes