Valverde bounces back with San Sebastian win

Valverde bounces back with San Sebastian win
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Spain's Alejandro Valverde bounced back from his Tour de France disappointment by winning Saturday's Clasica de San Sebastian.

The 34-year-old Movistar rider, who finished fourth at last month's Tour after being pushed off the podium in the final mountain stage, finished 14 seconds ahead of Dutchman Bauke Mollema and Spaniards Joaquim Rodriguez and Mikel Nieve.

Last year's winner of the 219.2km race over undulating terrain along the Basque coastline, Frenchman Tony Gallopin, was fifth at 26sec.

It was Valverde's second victory in the one-day race having triumphed in 2008.

The hilly Classic includes former Tour winner Miguel Indurain, former world champion Paolo Bettini and Ardennes Classics specialist Philippe Gilbert amongst its past champions.

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