Luis Leon Sanchez takes solo win in Tour de Suisse: I did not expect I could be so strong in the final
Jun 17 2019 05:12 am CET

Luis Leon Sanchez takes solo win in Tour de Suisse: I did not expect I could be so strong in the final
Luis Leon Sanchez takes solo win in Tour de Suisse: I did not expect I could be so strong in the final
Photo of Luis Leon Sanchez © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Astana's Luis Leon Sanchez has taken a solo victory on the second stage of the Tour de Suisse. The Spaniard launched a late attack that was enough for him to arrive to the finish on his own.

The second stage of the Swiss race was 160 kilometres long over a route that featured six climbs of the second category. Sanchez launched a strong attack after the descent of the last climb and nobody could follow him, which allowed him to take the victory of the stage, six seconds ahead of Peter Sagan.

"I am so happy I could win today, I did not expect I could be so strong in the final, but I was lucky to hold the gap until the end," said the Spaniard after the finish line. "We knew we have to do this race as hard as possible as there are many big sprinters in the peloton. We had to try to escape the bunch sprint to get a chance to fight for the victory. The team was super strong on the last two climbs and later when I saw a moment, I’ve made my attack.

"For a few kilometres, the situation still was on the limit as the peloton was really close, chasing me hard. But in the end, I’ve managed to resist and to win! I want to thank my teammates, they did phenomenal work during the whole day and, especially, in the final. It is a great moment for me to win here at the Tour de Suisse. Also, I want to congratulate Jakob Fuglsang and all Astana on the big success at the Critérium du Dauphiné!"

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Kasper Asgreen crossed the finish line with the pack and climbed to the top of the general classification.






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