‘Klasikoa’ / Pologne (st. 1)
Spaniard into 170km breakaway at Clásica San Sebastián after fine Tour de France, late move in Paris. Dowsett crashes in Poland; no fractures for the Briton
Imanol Erviti was the top Movistar Team performer at Saturday's two WorldTour appointments for the Blues in the Clásica San Sebastián (231km) and stage one of the Tour de Pologne in Kraków (130km). The Spanish outfit's road captain was part of the early, seven-man breakaway in the 'Klasikoa', the group covering together five of the eight rated climbs in the Basque one-day race.
The attempt, never allowed more than four-and-a-half minutes of advantage, was tried to be kept alive by the Spaniard, which went solo on the final ascent to Jaizkibel and was reached down by the selected peloton just over 50km from the end. At the finish, Dani Moreno (25th) and Rubén Fernández (31st) -the latter part of a counter-attack before the second ascent to Arkale- were the best finishers from Arrieta's roster, just over a minute behind a five-man elite group led home by Michal Kwiatkowski (SKY).
In turn and on Polish soil, Alex Dowsett had a late scare as he suffered the consequences of swerving into the final kilometer of Kraków's tight circuit finish. The Essex rider crashed against his back and also sustained some bruises to his chin. Quickly assisted by the race doctors, Alex should be able to start on Sunday's stage two to Katowice (142km). Peter Sagan (BOH) took the first leader's jersey with a close victory against Caleb Ewan (ORS).