'Screaming fans' power Lucy Kennedy to Clasica San Sebastian victory
Aug 04 2019 05:10 am CET

'Screaming fans' power Lucy Kennedy to Clasica San Sebastian victory
'Screaming fans' power Lucy Kennedy to Clasica San Sebastian victory
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Lucy Kennedy has become the first rider to win the women's race of the Clasica San Sebastian.

The race was 127.1 kilometres long over a though route that was largely the same that the men tackled later on the day. Movistar's Lourdes Oyarbide and BTC City Ljubljana's Anastacia Chursina created the escape of the day and took advantage of more than three minutes.

The duo was caught close to the penultimate climb and a new group was formed in front. Lucy Kennedy took advantage of the moment, launched an attack and built a gap of almost a minute with 40 kilometres to go, but she suffered a puncture on the descent and had to wait for a wheel change, losing the advantage that she had and almost losing the chance to fight for the victory.

The rider caught the main group and with the help of her teammates made a new move to go and hunt the lone leader Janneke Ensing (WNT-Rotor), which she did successfully. She left Ensing behind and took a solo victory in San Sebastian.

"I'm still in a little bit of a shock really," said Kennedy at the finish line. "I had a bit of bad luck on the descent with a flat and then another mechanical so I don't want to say I thought it was over but it was looking unlikely, but I just kept on fighting and kept on fighting.

"It's my second win around here after Emakumeen Saria so I really like this area. I really like the courses they set, really tough courses and the fans are incredible. On that last climb, that was what kept me going the fans screaming. It's really special. I have to thank all of my teammates, but particularly Georgia Williams, she absolutely destroyed herself leading into the final climb, so she deserves this as much as I do."



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