Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) has on Saturday the 38th edition of the Vuelta a Murcia (cat. 1.1) won. The 34-year-old Spaniard remained after 208,3 kilometers, his countryman Alejandro Valverde. Philippe Gilbert was in his first race of the new season third.
The Spanish race broke open early. An early flight got in the first hour all form, including our compatriots Pieter Serry, Philippe Gilbert and Pieter Vanspeybrouck. Bob Jungels, Matteo Trentin and Mads Würtz Schmidt were part of the breakaway group. In the peloton took Movistar it work for team leader Valverde. When Gilbert 60 kilometers accelerated, on the Alto Collado Bermejo, splashed the leading group apart.
Meanwhile, Movistar is also the tempo of native and later made Astana-team mates Jakob Fuglsang and Luis Leon Sanchez, along with Valverde the leap forward. There was a leading group of seven with Jungels, Serry and Gilbert of Quick-Step Floors, Fuglsang and Leon Sanchez of Astana and soloists Valverde and Trentin. Valverde and Sanchez made the best impression and we drove away from the others. In the final kilometer stripped Sanchez of Valverde. Behind them, tried Gilbert, the gap still to bridge, but without success.
After a few minor placings in the Tour Down Under and the Tour of Valencia, is the Leon is the first victory of the season. He follows the hall of fame Valverde, that the contest five times won.