Egan Bernal confirmed for Clásica San Sebastián 2019

The Tour de France winner will be back in action this weekend

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Egan Bernal will start the Clásica San Sebastián this weekend as Tour de France champion.

The Team Ineos rider will be back in the peloton on Saturday (August 3), a week after he confirmed his position as the first Colombian Tour winner.

Bernal will ride the Spanish one-day race alongside a squad of talent from the British outfit.

>>> Clásica San Sebastián 2019 start list

Also lining up for Ineos will be Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar, Ivan Sosa and Wout Poels.

There will be plenty of competition for the Sán Sebastian title, including reigning champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step).

Other contenders include Quick-Step's Remco Evenepoel, Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), and Simon and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).

The race covers 226km of hilly terrain in the Basque Country, ith seven categorised climbs along the course, including the 1.9km-long 10.8 per cent average Murgil Tontorra in the final 10km, the race is well suited to puncheurs and quicker climbers.

Alaphilippe heads into the Sán Sebastián after a career-defining run at the Tour de France, wearing the yellow jersey for 15 days and coming within two stages of victory.

But Bernal emerged victorious âfter an unmatchable climbing display in the Alps, taking the race lead on the penultimate mountain stage, and carrying the jersey to Paris.

>>> Geraint Thomas says Team Ineos will ‘have some questions about leadership’ at Tour de France 2020

It is only Bernal’s second year at WorldTour level and he won the Tour at only his second time in the race, aged 22.

Bernal’s team-mates Eddie Dunbar and Colombian Ivan Sosa, 22 and 21 respectively, add more promising opportunities for Team Ineos in Spain, as Dunbar has reached the podium multiple times this year, while Sosa has won at the Route d’Occitanie this year.

Team Ineos squad for the Clásica San Sebastián 2019

Egan Bernal (Col)

Jonathan Castroviejo (Esp)

David De La Cruz (Esp)

Eddie Dunbar (Irl)

Kenny Elissonde (Fra)

Wout Poels (Ned)

Ivan Sosa (Col)

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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.