Vuelta a Murcia: Luis Leon Sanchez takes overall victory
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Vuelta a Murcia: Luis Leon Sanchez takes overall victory

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Astana’s Luis León Sanchez has just received the overall victory of the one-day, 209-km Vuelta a Murcia race after beating Valverde who decided to attack Sanchez in the last two kilometers before the finish line.


Valverde ended up taking second place after a fully-deserved solo victory of Sanchez on Saturday while Quick-Step Floors Philippe Gilbert made it to the podium by taking third.



Sanchez admitted to feeling very thankful for the huge help he received from his teammates through the race.


“The guys were super today and I have to thank all of them for the huge help,” said Sanchez. “In the beginning a big group went away and we had to work the whole day. It was not easy to control this race, but the team did it. In the final I went away together with Valverde. I knew, if we come for a sprint it would be the same situation as it was at Valenciana. So, I knew I have to do something and I saw my chance with 2km to go.”


“Anyway, I think this is a team success, not only mine. The team is great these days. At the Volta Valenciana we did a strong race and took two podium places. Now, in Dubai, Magnus was close to the victory too. That’s great!”


Valverde also admitted to have seen Sanchez start a really great season. “Even though I myself tried to leave him behind in the finale, he took a strong turn with 2km to go and it caught me out of strength. I’m still happy, though, because my legs continue to feel really well after my injury,” Valverde said.



Overall Classification


Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team – 5:06:35

Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team – 0:00:15

Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors – 0:02:15

Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott – 0:03:54

Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors

Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team

Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors

Willie Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin

José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team

Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits

Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team

Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe

Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott

Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors

Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott

Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin

Etienne van Empel (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij

Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise


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