Paolo Bettini won his second successive World Cup race and third of the campaign with a powerful display in the San Sebastian
Bettini raced to his second successive World Cup win
The Italian, who won the Milan-San Remo at the start of the season as well as last week's Cyclassics event in Hamburg, outsprinted Ivan Basso to take victory.
The win was a double triumph for last year's overall World Cup champion as he overtook Belgium's Peter van Petegem in this season's standings.
Van Petegem cracked on the first category climb to Alto Jaizkibel and finished well down the field.
It was a great day for the Italians, who also managed to clean up on the minor places.
Danilo di Luca, Francesco Casagrande and Andrea Noe followed the leading duo home in third to fifth positions.
A shadow was cast over the event, however, by the death of a race official after he crashed his motorbike on a roundabout in Azpeitia as he opened the way for the riders.
Organisers said that the official was rushed to hospital in Mendaro with arm and head injuries, but died an hour later.
1. Paolo Bettini (Italy) Quick Step 5 hours 44 minutes 42 seconds
2. Ivan Basso (Italy) Fassa Bortolo same time
3. Danilo di Luca (Italy) Saeco 20 seconds behind
4. Francesco Casagrande (Italy) Lampre same time
5. Andrea Noe (Italy) Alessio 23
6. Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Spain) Euskaltel-Euskadi 33
7. Davide Rebellin (Italy) Gerolsteiner same time
8. Michael Boogerd (Netherlands) Rabobank 34
9. Michael Rasmussen (Denmark) 37
10. Paolo Valoti (Italy) Domine Vacanze 1:53
Leading overall World Cup standings
(after seven of 10
1. Paolo Bettini (Italy) Quick Step 300 points
2. Peter van Petegem (Belgium) Lotto-Domo 203
3. Michael Boogerd (Netherlands) Rabobank 164
4. Davide Rebellin (Italy) Gerolsteiner 151
5. Mirko Celestino (Italy) Saeco 139
6. Danilo di Luca (Italy) Saeco 124
7. Dario Pieri (Italy) Saeco 117
8. Francesco Casagrande (Italy) Lampre 108
9. Alexander Vinokourov (Kazakhstan) Telekom 100
10. Frank Vandenbroucke (Belgium) Quick Step 92