The Clásica San Sebastián is a hilly one-day race around the Basque Country's regional capital of San Sebastián taking on some of the areas toughest climbs - here is the start list for the 2021 edition.
This year sees the men tackle a 223.5km route for the 41st running of the event, whereas the women have just 139.8km of racing in their third edition of the race over similar roads, both on Saturday (July 31).
It is part of the UCI WorldTour and usually attracts some of the biggest names of the sport coming off the back of the Tour de France and going into the final block of racing including the Vuelta a España.
The race did not take place in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this year's event defending champion, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) will not be taking part as he is over in Japan at the Olympics and didn't fancy the close turnaround.
Instead, Deceuninck - Quick-Step send their star rider and world champion, Julian Alaphilippe who won this race back in 2018. But even though he is the standout name, it is likely not going to go all his way.
Former winner and two-time podium sitter at the race, Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) is currently down to race but most teams are not yet confirmed. UAE Team Emirates have also brought strong riders with a focus likely on Diego Ulissi, Matteo Trentin and 18-year-old Juan Ayuso, who has already shown he has good legs in the last week by finishing just behind Luis León Sánchez in the Prueba Villafranca.
Ineos Grenadiers have also shown intent with a hugely strong team including Giro d'Italia champion, Egan Bernal as well as Volta a Catalunya winner Adam Yates alongside Dani Martínez and Gianni Moscon as potential leaders.
Fresh off the back of his second place at the Tour de France, young Danish rider Jonas Vingegaard is set to lead a strong Team Jumbo-Visma in the Basque Country as he continues to perform.
Miguel Ángel López (Movistar) will be looking to put a poor Tour de France behind him, Giovanni Aleotti (Bora-Hansgrohe) will want to be keeping hold of the form that saw him win the Sibiu Tour in Romania as well as many more.
Mikel Landa and Matej Mohorič will come back to racing too as they look for a good performance. Landa returning to racing for the first time since his race-ending crash on stage five of the Giro d'Italia. Mohorič won two stages at the Tour.
In the women's race, it is a bit slim on the star names with most heading to race on the road or track in Tokyo. However, there are some solid riders who are expected to fight it out.
Defending champion, Lucy Kennedy (BikeExchange) is back again with the Australian team that has a solid line-up around her. But, she will face challenges from the likes of former and current French champions Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) and Évita Muzic (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) as well as a few other outsiders.
Here are the provisional men's and women's start lists for the race:
Men's Clásica San Sebastián 2021 starlist
Deceuninck - Quick-Step
LÓPEZ Juan Pedro
UAE Team Emriates
DE LA CRUZ David
LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel
SÁNCHEZ Luis León
Israel Start-Up Nation
VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
EIKING Odd Christian
VAN WILDER Ilan
DE LA PARTE Víctor
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
Equipo Kern Pharma Burgos-BH
MENDEZ Daniel Alejandro
PARRA José Félix
Women's Clásica San Sebastián 2021 start list
VAN DIJK Ellen
VAN ANROOIJ Shirin
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling
Valcar-Travel & Service
A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling
Top Girls-Fassa Bortolo
DALLA VALLE Elisa
Laboral Kutxa-Fundacion Euskadi
Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte
Massi-Tactic Women Team
Burgos Women Cycling Team
Sopela Women's Team
Tim Bonville-Ginn is one of Cycling Weekly's content writers for the web team responsible for writing stories on racing, tech, updating evergreen pages as well as the weekly email newsletter.
Bonville-Ginn started working in cycling journalism while still at school and university for a voluntary site based on Twitter before also doing slots for Eurosport's online web team and has been on location at the Tour de Yorkshire, Tour of Britain, UCI World Championships and various track events. He then joined the Cycling Weekly team in late February of 2020.
When not writing stories for the site, Bonville-Ginn doesn't really switch off his cycling side as he watches every race that is televised as well as being a rider himself and a regular user of the game Pro Cycling Manager.
He rides a Specialized Tarmac SL4 when out on his local roads back in West Yorkshire as well as in northern Hampshire with the hills and mountains being his preferred terrain.
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