Sánchez ready for Mallorca debut and season

Olympic Champion Samuel Sánchez is ready for his season debut in the Challenge Mallorca, February 8...

Olympic Champion Samuel Sánchez is ready for his season debut in the Challenge Mallorca, February 8 to 12. The Spanish leader of Team Euskaltel-Euskadi is recovered from his knee injury and outlined his season programme.

He will participate in the Vuelta a Andalucía, February 15 to 19. In March, he will face the French stage race, Paris-Nice. He will take part in the GP Llodio and GP Miguel Indurain later in the month.

Sanchez's first season goal will be in the Vuelta al País Vasco, April 6 to 11. A win in the Basque stage race could be the motivational boost needed to do well in the Ardennes Classics: Amstel Gold, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

After an intense spring, he will take a break to focus on the second part of 2009. He plans to race the Vuelta a España, August 29 to September 20, and the World Championships, September 26.

The five-stage Challenge Mallorca is unique in that it allows for teams to substitute riders from day to day. (AS)

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