Belkin Split With Luis Leon Sanchez Over Possible Operation Puerto Link

THE HAGUE, Oct 09, 2013 (AFP) - Dutch cycling team Belkin have split with Spanish rider Luis Leon Sanchez amid accusations he was linked to Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes in the Operation Puerto blood doping racket, the De Telegraaf daily reported Wednesday. Spanish police believed Sanchez was a client of the doctor in 2006 while riding for the Liberty Seguros team -- something the … [Read more...]

Daniele Ratto Takes Stage 14, Basso and Sanchez Abandon Race

Italian rider Daniele Ratto broke away to seal the 14th stage of the Tour of Spain in awful weather conditions on Saturday as his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali extended his lead in the overall classification. Cannondale's Ratto led from start to finish on the 155.7km ride from Baga to Andorra as he was part of an early five-man breakaway group and then took to the front on his own with … [Read more...]

Luis León Sánchez Survives A Forty Kilometre Solo

Luis León Sánchez won the final stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour with a forty kilometre solo. The Spaniard joined a breakaway and took off on his own not long after. After a stage which was described as a mini version of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Sánchez arrived in Banneux 27 seconds ahead of a first group. "I'm very happy", Sánchez said afterwards. "It was a tough stage, and not only … [Read more...]

Leon Sanchez Wins Second San Sebastian Classic

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SAINT SEBASTIAN, Spain, Aug 14, 2012 (AFP) - Spaniard Luis Leon on Tuesday won the San Sebastian classic for the second time, as the Rabobank rider finished seven seconds ahead of Australia's Simon Gerrans of Orica-Green Edge and Lotto-Belisol's Belgian cyclist Gianni Meersman after 234km of racing. The 28-year-old, who also won the race in 2010, broke away from the peloton during the … [Read more...]

Sanchez Wins In Romandie To Close Gap To Wiggins

CHARMEY, Switzerland, April 27, 2012 (AFP) - Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez capped an impressive uphill sprint with victory in the Tour of Romandie third stage Friday, closing the gap to race leader Bradley Wiggins of Britain. The versatile Rabobank rider, upstaged by Frenchman Jonathan Hivert in a similar finale on Thursday, timed his effort to perfection to finish ahead of Belgian Gianni … [Read more...]

Sanchez Makes His Move, As Wiggins Retains Paris-Nice Lead

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Sisteron, France, March 9, 2012 (AFP) - Former champion Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain pipped German veteran Jens Voigt in a two-up sprint to win the sixth stage of Paris-Nice here Friday. Britain's Bradley Wiggins retained the race leader's yellow jersey with a 6sec lead on Dutchman Lieuwe Westra, with American Levi Leipheimer in third at 10sec, two days from the finish in Nice. … [Read more...]

Schlecks Target San Sebastian Classic In The Absence Of Evans

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain, July 29, 2011 (AFP) - Andy and Frank Schleck will headline the San Sebastian Classic on Saturday in the absence of newly-crowned Tour de France champion Cadel Evans. The Luxembourg brothers, who finished second and third respectively in the Tour de France behind the Australian, are among the challengers in the one-day race which also includes Belgian Philippe Gilbert and … [Read more...]

Voeckler Takes Yellow Jersey As Sanchez Wins A Smash Up Derby

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Written by: Justin Davis (AFP) SAINT-Flour, France, July 10, 2011- Frenchman Thomas Voeckler pulled on the Tour de France yellow jersey after a dramatic ninth stage won by Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez and marred by nearly a dozen crashes Sunday. Voeckler, of Europcar, had been part of an early breakaway that made it to the finish line of the 208 km ride from Issoire unchallenged after a … [Read more...]

Team Rabobank Signs Seven Riders Including Luis Leon Sanchez

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MILAN (Italy) - Eight new riders, including Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez will join the Rabobank team in 2011, it was reported Friday from the Dutch team that has said it had completed its recruitment for the 2011 season. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne), who won the Clasica San Sebastian this year. The Dane Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank), second in the recent World Championships, has also … [Read more...]

Sanchez Signs 2 Year Contract With Rabobank

PARIS - Spanish cyclist Luis Leon Sanchez said Sunday he has agreed a two-year contract with Dutch team Rabobank. The 26-year-old time trial specialist, who is currently taking part in the Tour of Spain with French team Caisse d'Epargne, said he will begin his contract with Rabobank in January 2011. Sanchez finished Sunday's ninth stage of the Tour of Spain in 26th place, seven minutes … [Read more...]