Clásica San Sebastián 2021 start lists: Julian Alaphilippe, Egan Bernal and Audrey Cordon-Ragot star in Basque one-day race

The battle around the regional capital of San Sebastián has attracted solid fields in the men's and women's races despite the Olympics

Julian Alaphilippe riding at the 2021 Tour de France
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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. 

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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 

ALAPHILIPPE Julian
KNOX James
ŠTYBAR Zdenek
ČERNY Josef
CATTANEO Mattia
HONORÉ Mikkel
DEVENYNS Dries

Trek-Segafredo 

MOLLEMA Bauke
BRAMBILLA Ginaluca
CICCONE Giulio
KAMP Alex
QUARTERMAN Charlie
NIBALI Antonio
LÓPEZ Juan Pedro

UAE Team Emriates 

ULISSI Diego
TRENTIN Matteo
AYUSO Juan
COVI Alessandro
CONTI Valerio
DE LA CRUZ David
RIABUSHENKO Alexandr

Movistar Team 

LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel
JORGENSON Matteo

Bora-Hansgrohe 

ALEOTTI Giovanni
SCHELLIN Ide
FABBRO Matteo
WANDAHL Frederick

Astana-Premier Tech 

SÁNCHEZ Luis León
ROMO Javier
IZAGIRRE Gorka
RODRÍGUEZ Óscar
FEDOROV Yevgeniy
STALNOV Nikita
NATAROV Yuriy

Israel Start-Up Nation 

HERMANS Ben

Ineos Grenadiers 

YATES Adam
BERNAL Egan
MARTÍNEZ Dani
AMADOR Andrey
MOSCON Gianni
PUCCIO Salvatore
RODRÍGUEZ Carlos

EF Education-Nippo 

GUERREIRO Ruben
CARR Simon
POWLESS Neilson
CAICEDO Jonathan

Lotto-Soudal 

CONCA Filippo
OLDANI Stefano
GOOSSENS Kobe

Ag2r-Citroën Team 

BOUCHARD Geoffrey
CALMEJANE Lilian
WARBASSE Larry
HÄNNINEN Jaakko
TOUZÉ Damien
BIDARD François
CHEREL Mikaël

Team Jumbo-Visma 

VINGEGAARD Jonas
OOMEN Sam
BOUWMAN Koen
HARPER Chris
HOFSTEDE Lennard
VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
TOLHOEK Antwan

Team BikeExchange 

YATES Simon
SCHULTZ Nick
STANNARD Robert
NIEVE Mikel
GRMAY Tsgabu
ZEITS Andrey
COLLEONI Kevin

Bahrain Victorious 

LANDA Mikel
PADUN Mark
NOVAK Domen
VALLS Rafael
WILLIAMS Stevie
MOHORIČ Matej
BUITRAGO Santiago

Team Qhubeka-NextHash 

POWER Robert
BARBERO Carlos
FRANKINY Kilian
ARMÉE Sander
LINDEMAN Bert-Jan
VINJEBO Emil
SUNDERLAND Dylan

Cofidis 

FERNÁNDEZ Rubén
HERRADA José
BARCELÓ Fernando

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 

VLIEGEN Loïc
HERMANS Quinten
EIKING Odd Christian

Team DSM 

HINDLEY Jai
VERMAERKE Kevin
HAMILTON Chris
HAGA Chad
VAN WILDER Ilan
COMBAUD Romain
ROCHE Nicolas

Groupama-FDJ

ROUX Anthony

Team TotalEnergies 

DE LA PARTE Víctor
CABOT Jérémy
FERRON Valentin
SIMON Julien
RODRÍGUEZ Cristián
GRELLIER Fabien
GAILLARD Marlon

Team Arkéa-Samsic 

BARGUIL Warren
FLÓREZ Miguel
ANACONA Winner
RUSSO Clément

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 

LASTRA Jonathan

Euskaltel-Euskadi 

BIZKARRA Mikel

Equipo Kern Pharma Burgos-BH

ADRIÀ Roger
BERRADE Urko
GARCÍA Raúl
MENDEZ Daniel Alejandro
NOVIKOV Savva
PARRA José Félix
AGIRRE Jon

Burgos-BH

NAVARRO Dani

Women's Clásica San Sebastián 2021 start list

Team BikeExchange 

KENNEDY Lucy
ŽIGART Urška
SANTESTEBAN Ane
ALLEN Jessica
ENSING Janneke
ROY Sarah

Movistar Team 

OYARBIDE Lourdes

Trek-Segafredo 

CORDON-RAGOT Audrey
WINDER Ruth
VAN DIJK Ellen
BÄCKSTEDT Elynor
HANSON Lauretta
VAN ANROOIJ Shirin

Liv Racing 

PALADIN Soraya
BERTIZZOLO Sofia

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope 

MUZIC Évita
CHAPMAN Brodie

Alé-BTC-Ljubljana 

GUDERZO Tatiana
WRIGHT Sophie
BOOGAARD Maaike

Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling 

MAGNALDI Erica
VIECELI Lara

Valcar-Travel & Service 

SANGUINETI Ilaria

A.R. Monex Women's Pro Cycling 

MERINO Eider

Top Girls-Fassa Bortolo 

VETTORELLO Giorgia
BARIANI Giorgia
SILVESTRI Debora
DALLA VALLE Elisa
MARTURANO Greta
MICHIELETTO Vanessa

Team Farto-BTC 

Laboral Kutxa-Fundacion Euskadi

 

Rio Miera-Cantabria Deporte 

Bizkaia Durango 

Massi-Tactic Women Team

 

Eneicat-RBH Global 

Burgos Women Cycling Team 

Sopela Women's Team

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