Luis Leon Sanchez Wins Stage Three, Nearly Wins the Yellow Jersey

April 27, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Luis Leon Sanchez exults on the podium after winning Stage Six of the Tour of Romandie. (rabosport.com)
Luis Leon Sanchez exults on the podium after winning Stage Six of the Tour of Romandie. (rabosport.com)

Luis Leon Sanchez earned a stage win for Rabobank in Stage Three of the Tour of Romandie, a very hilly stage with a long uphill finish that set up a bunch sprint between climbers. Sanchez beat Lotto’s Gianni Meersman across the line by a few centimeters, taking the stage and a ten-second time bonus.

“Even after that tough luck in the first stage when I couldn’t join in the sprint because of a broken spoke, the team kept on working for me,” Sanchez told velonation.com. “Today everything worked out well.

“The team was really strong again and there was no bad luck in the sprint,” he explained. “It was definitely very hard and very close, but I am glad that I could clinch it for the guys and the hard work they did.”

[AD]Five riders—Matt Brammeier (Omega,) Gatis Smukulis (Katusha,) Leigh Howard (GreenEdge,) Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto-Belisol,) and Anders Lund (Saxo Bank)—got away ten kilometers into the stage, only to be caught in the final five kilometers. A few attacks were tried–Fabrice Jeandeboz of Saur-Sojasun, Dave Zabriskie (Garmin,) Romain Kreuziger (Astana) and Simon Spilak (Katusha,) Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack)—but in the end it was Rabobank delivering their rider to the front.

Bradley Wiggins held onto the leader’s jersey, but just—he wasn’t able to contest the sprint and didn’t get any time bonuses, while Luis Leon Sanchez did for the second day in a row. Wiggins has a single second’s lead over the Rabobank rider, with the race’s hardest stage on the horizon.

Stage Four, 184 km from Bulle to Sion, should sort out the real climbers. With A Cat 1 climb 30 km in and a Cat 2 and two Cat 1s in the final sixty km, this stage might give Wiggins some breathing room for Sunday’s time trial.

Tour of Turkey Stage Six

 

rider

team

time

1

Luis Leon Sanchez

Rabobank

3:58:29

2

Gianni Meersman

Lotto Belisol

 

3

Paolo Tiralongo

Astana

 

4

Andrew Talansky

Garmin-Barracuda

 

5

Bauke Mollema

Rabobank

 

6

Rinaldo Nocentini

Ag2R

 

7

Maciej Paterski

Liquigas-Cannondale

 

8

Giampaolo Caruso

Katusha

 

9

Gorka Verdugo

Euskaltel-Euskadi

 

10

Fabrice Jeandesboz

Saur – Sojasun

 

General Classification after Stage 6

 

rider

team

time

1

Bradley Wiggins

Sky

12:40:31

2

Luis Leon Sanchez

Rabobank

0:00:01

3

Michael Rogers

Sky

0:00:07

4

Bauke Mollema

Rabobank

0:00:09

5

Stef Clement

Rabobank

 

6

Andrew Talansky

Garmin-Barracuda

0:00:11

7

Wilco Kelderman

Rabobank

 

8

David Zabriskie

Garmin-Barracuda

0:00:12

9

Simon Spilak

Katusha

 

10

Ruben Plaza Molina

Movistar