San Sebastian - Julian Alaphilippe dropped out of the San Sebastian Classic on
Saturday, following up on his Tour de France disappointment by
abandoning the Basque Country race 90 kilometres into his ride.
"#Klasikoa defending champion @alafpolak1 has stopped after 90 kilometers," his team Deceuninck-Quick Step announced on Twitter.
The 27-year-old, who held the yellow jersey at the Tour de France for
14 stages before being overhauled by eventual winner Egan Bernal,
reportedly pulled up with muscle fatigue built up since the end of the
Tour, which finished last weekend.
Alaphilippe was hotly tipped to retain his title in San Sebastian,
and the race also looked set to feature a renewed battle between him and
Ineos' Tour champion Bernal.