Perdi holds off Paolo in San Sebastian

iguel Angel Martin Perdiguero becomes the first home winner of the San Sebastian Classic since Migu

iguel Angel Martin Perdiguero becomes the first home winner of the San Sebastian Classic since Migu
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero won his and his Saunier Duval team's first ever World Cup victory when he just held off Paolo Bettini by the width of a tyre in the San Sebastina Classic in the sun-baked Basque resort this afternoon (Saturday). Incredibly, Perdiguero's victory was the first by a home rider in Spain's only World Cup since Miguel Indurain won in 1990. Bettini, second last week in Hamburg, provoked the decisive split on the first-category climb of the Jaizkibel that always proves crucial in this race. Today, a group of about 25 riders reached the foot of the climb together, but only six could follow Bettini when the Italian attacked. Among those who missed out was this week's Tour of Burgos winner Alejandro Valverde, who punctured just as the decisive attack was being made. As well as Martin Perdiguero, Bettini was joined by World Cup leader Davide Rebellin, Tour de France podium finisher Ivan Basso, Austrian climber Georg Totschnig, Liberty's Marcos Serrano, and Relax-Bodysol's Alberto Martinez. Coming into the finish, Martin Perdiguero seized the initiative by leading into and sprinting out of the last corner. Given another few metres, Bettini would have got by him, but how often have we seen that. Instead, Bettini was left to curse his luck as he had to last week when beaten by Stuart O'Grady. Last year the Italian won both of these post-Tour World Cup races, but this year he's lost out to two World Cup virgins. Some slight consolation was offered by his narrowing of Rebellin's advantage in the World Cup standings, with the Gerosteiner rider now just 44 points clear of his rival. With the Olympic cycling events taking place next weekend, World Cup action takes a two-week break before returning with the Championship of Zurich on August 22. 1 Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 227km in 5.18.35 (42.75kph) 2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step 3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 4 Marcos Serrano (Spa) Liberty Seguros 5 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Relax-Bodysol 6 Ivan Basso (Ita) CSC 0.06 7 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner 8 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Domo 1.19 9 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Saunier Duval 1.35 10 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 1.39 World Cup standings 1 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 282 2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) 238 3 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 182 4 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 150 5 Michael Boogerd (Hol) Rabobank 146 6 Erik Dekker (Hol) Rabobank 137 7 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) T-Mobile 131 8 M. Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) Saunier Duval 120 9 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile 108 10 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Alessio-Bianchi 100
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