Astana culminates successful Vuelta a Murcia with Luis Leon Sanchez' overall victory
Feb 17 2019 03:28 am CET

Astana culminates successful Vuelta a Murcia with Luis Leon Sanchez' overall victory
Astana culminates successful Vuelta a Murcia with Luis Leon Sanchez' overall victory
Photo of Luis Leon Sanchez © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Luis Leon Sanchez has consolidated Astana's great weekend in the Vuelta a Murcia by taking the victory of the second stage and the overall win.

After the first stage of the 2019 edition of the race in which Pello Bilbao, Omar Fraile and Luis Leon Sanchez seized the first three positions of the day and the GC, the rider from Murcia finished off the job. The course of the day was between Beniel and Murcia and had two hard climbs: the Alto Collado Bermejo and the finish steep climb of the Alto de la Cresta del Gallo.

Sanchez arrived to the finish line with the World Champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and beat him to the finish line. "First of all I have to say about a great teamwork today," commented the Spaniard. "All together we did a very nice and strong race. Yeah, it was quite difficult to control Valverde on the final climb, but I was able to follow him and later to control him inside the final kilometres.

"I did my best in the final and I am happy to take this win. It is an important result for me since this is my home race. But, the most important is the way we raced yesterday and today. That was really great!"

Valverde and Bilbao stepped on the second and third positions of the final podium, while Astana's Jakob Fuglsang won the jersey of the best climber and all of them won the team classification.




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