After his success at last year's Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under, Liberty Seguros-Wurth's rising star, Luis Leon Sanchez, enjoyed mixed fortunes during the remainder of 2005. Back in Australia for another crack at Australia's premier stage race, Cyclingnews' Les Clarke spoke with Sanchez and Australian cycling's Spanish guru, Neil Stephens.
Cyclingnews: After the success of last year, are you aiming for a repeat performance this year?
Luis Sanchez: I've prepared well this year, but I'll continue to say what I said last year - the objective of our team for this race is to do well as a team. I'm not the only rider here - Allan Davis is here, and he's motivated as he's in his home country - we'll just try and do the best we can as a team.
CN: After the win last year, did it give you a good a strong start to the season you could build on?
LS: It [the win] was unexpected; it was in my second year as a professional, and it was a very important step in my career. It kept me motivated and working towards improving myself as a rider.