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Yannick Eijssen was part of a breakaway. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Yannick Eijssen was part of a breakaway. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Eijssen 17th at Clasica San Sebastian

27. July 2013

Yannick Eijssen of the BMC Racing Team figured in the leading group on the penultimate climb Saturday at Clasica San Sebastian before finishing 17th, 1:17 behind solo winner Tony Gallopin (RadioShack Leopard).

Part Of The Breakaway
Eijssen followed the move of a small group when the pace increased in the second half of the 232-kilometer race. "I went in the break with a few guys, but we weren't working well together because I wasn't pulling because we had Philippe (Gilbert) and Greg (Van Avermaet) behind," he said. He was still there when the group was reduced to eight (Roman Kreuziger, Alejandro Valverde, Moreno Moser, Gallopin, Arnold Jeannesson, Mikel Landa and Nicholas Roche) – and eventually became 10 when Mikel Astarloza and Silvan Chavanel bridged the gap after the Category 1 climb of Alto de Jaizkibel. Gallopin then attacked on the final climb and soloed the final 16 kilometers to win by 28 seconds over a chasing group of four. Van Avermaet finished 18th, 1:55 back. "Yannick was good today; I'm happy for his result," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said. "But it was not a good result for the rest of the team." Eijssen said he has been finding his form recently. He also figured in a late breakaway on Stage 3 Monday at the Tour de Wallonie, which Van Avermaet won. "I am starting to know my body better – learning more about nutrition and training – and hopefully I can stay on this level and keep getting better," he said.