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August 13, 2006

Florencio takes San Sebastian

procyling | Florencio creates upset at San Sebastian Florencio's biggest dayUnheralded Bouyges Telecom pro Xavier Florencio took his first win since 2002 on Saturday, winning a 50-man sprint at the Clasico San Sebastian. Caisse d'Epargne's Alejandro Valverde was a favorite, as he returned from the broken collarbone he suffered July 4th in Stage 3 of the 2006 Tour. A strong breakaway, including Iban Mayo, Carlos Sastre, and Denis Menchov, was reeled in 4 kilometers from the finish, and Caisse d'Epargne chased a few last-minute attacks, looking to get Valverde back in the winner's circle. Instead, Florencio launched an attack from more than 200 meters, but got a direct line for the extra effort, and Kashechkin couldn't get off Florencio's wheel. Stefano Garzelli of Liquigas was able to nip ahead of Kashechkin but not Florencio at the line. Discovery Channel's George Hincapie finished Top-10 in yet another classic, in 9th just behind Valverde. Top 10: 1) Xavier Florencio, Spain, Bouygues Telecom, in 5:32:44 2) Stefano Garzelli, Italy, Liquigas, same time 3) Andrey Kashechkin, Kazakhstan, Astana, s.t. 4) Alexandre Botcharov, Russia, Credit Agricole, s.t. 5) Cristian Moreni, Italy, Cofidis, s.t. 6) Mirko Celestino, Italy, Team Milram, s.t. 7) Ricardo Serrano, Spain, Kaiku, s.t. 8) Alejandro Valverde, Spain, Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears, s.t. 9) George Hincapie, USA, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team, s.t. 10) Franco Pellizotti, Italy, Liquigas, s.t. Also: VeloNews | Surprise winner at San Sebastián cyclingnews.com | 26th Clasica San Sebastian | Photo Gallery

Posted by Frank Steele on August 13, 2006 in Alejandro Valverde, Andrey Kashechkin, George Hincapie, Top Stories | Permalink

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