First victory with Caja Rural for Luis Leon Sanchez

Spaniard wins stage, but Garcia leads on time bonuses

Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez scored his first victory of the season on his first try on the opening stage of La Tropicale Amissa in Cameroon.

Now with Caja Rural, Sanchez escaped early in the stage with a large group of riders, and as the 149km clicked off, the group grew smaller and smaller. By the sprint finale, only five remained, including Egoitz Garcia (Cofidis), Natnael Berhane (Europcar), Linus Gerdemann (MTN-Qhubeka) and Grégory Habeaux of Wanty-Group Gobert.

Sanchez, who was bought out of his contract with Belkin, which wanted to distance itself from lingering links between Sanchez and Operacion Puerto, was pleased to show his strength so soon in the season.

"This victory reassured me," Sanchez said. "That means I have already found a good feeling despite the strong heat that changes us from the cold in Europe."

Although Sanchez won the stage, the leader's jersey passed to Garcia, thanks to his superior tally in the intermediate sprints. He now leads the race over Sanchez by one second, with Berhane next, seven seconds in arrears.

"I am very happy with this first day," Berhane said. "I am happy with my work. I think, there are beautiful things to do till the last stage. I am here to do a very good performance. It's my ambition."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RG3:32:35 
2Egoitz Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
3Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar  
4Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
5Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
6Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:04 
7Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:53 
8Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
9Frédérique Robert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:46 
10Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
11Reda Aadel (Mar) Maroc  
12Dan Craven (Nam) Namibia  
13Salah Eddine Mraouni (Mar) Maroc  
14Metkel Eyob (Eri) Eritrea  
15Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka  
16Rasmané Ouedraogo (Bur) Burkina Faso0:09:21 
17Adil Barbari (Alg) Velo Club Sovac0:09:28 
18Kindishih Debesay (Eri) Eritrea0:09:38 
19Luis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RG0:13:17 
20Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
21Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:18:30 
22Tarik Chaoufi (Mar) Maroc  
23Meron Teshome (Eri) Eritrea  
24Meron Amanuel (Eri) Eritrea  
25Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwa) Rwanda  
26Frekalsi Debesay (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
27Damien Tekou (Cmr) Cameroun  
28Abderrahmane Mehdi Hamza (Alg) Velo Club Sovac  
29Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar  
30Amadou Lengani (CIv) Cote D'Ivoire  
31Francisco Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RG  
32Bassirou Konte (CIv) Cote D'Ivoire  
33Mouhcine Lahsaini (Mar) Maroc  
34Souleymane Nikiema (Bur) Burkina Faso  
35Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
36Anass Ait El Abdia (Mar) Maroc  
37Tesfom Okubamariam (Eri) Eritrea  
38Hervé Raoul Mba (Cmr) Cameroun  
39Issaka Kabre (Bur) Burkina Faso  
40Gaël Nzoughe (Gab) Gabon  
41Poroloh Yacouba Soro (CIv) Cote D'Ivoire  
42Frédéric Obiang (Gab) Gabon  
43Karim Hadjbouzit (Alg) Velo Club Sovac  
44Omar Fraile (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RG  
45Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
46Raul Costa Seibeb (Nam) Namibia  
47Clovis Kamzong (Cmr) Cameroun  
48Johannes Hamunyela (Nam) Namibia  
49Hamza Merdj (Alg) Velo Club Sovac  
50Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Rwanda  
51Romain Zingle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
52Joseph Biziyaremye (Rwa) Rwanda  
53Janvier Hadi (Rwa) Rwanda  
54Ramon Domene (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RG  
55Ephrem Ekobena (Gab) Gabon  
56Franklin Nguimkeng (Cmr) Cameroun  
57Dieunedort Simo Sando (Cmr) Cameroun  
58Nabil Baz (Alg) Velo Club Sovac  
59Karima Bonkoungou (Bur) Burkina Faso  
60Louis Verhelst (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
61Geoffroy Ngandamba (Gab) Gabon  
62Yannick Lontsi (Cmr) Cameroun  
63John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
64Issiaka Fofana (CIv) Cote D'Ivoire  
65Bolodigui Ouattara (CIv) Cote D'Ivoire  
66Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
67Salifou Yarbanga (Bur) Burkina Faso  
68Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
69Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RG  
70Mongonlon Toure (CIv) Cote D'Ivoire  
71Essaïd Abelouache (Mar) Maroc  
72Cédric Tchouta (Gab) Gabon  
73Harouna Ilboudo (Bur) Burkina Faso  
74Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
75Jean-Bosco Nsengiyumva (Rwa) Rwanda  
76Bryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
77Faycal Hamza (Alg) Velo Club Sovac  
78Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Eritrea0:18:42 
79Chiponeni Kashululu (Nam) Namibia0:18:51 
80Tjipe Murangi (Nam) Namibia0:19:37 
81Léris Moukagni (Gab) Gabon0:21:56 
82Loto Petrus (Nam) Namibia0:21:58 
83Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN - Qhubeka  
84Valens Ndayisenga (Rwa) Rwanda0:44:10 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Egoitz Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credit3:32:24 
2Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RG0:00:01 
3Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar0:00:07 
4Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:11 
5Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
6Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:15 
7Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit0:00:57 
8Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:58 
9Frédérique Robert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:57 
10Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
11Reda Aadel (Mar) Maroc  
12Dan Craven (Nam) Namibia  
13Salah Eddine Mraouni (Mar) Maroc  
14Metkel Eyob (Eri) Eritrea  
15Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka  
16Rasmané Ouedraogo (Bur) Burkina Faso0:09:32 
17Adil Barbari (Alg) Velo Club Sovac0:09:39 
18Kindishih Debesay (Eri) Eritrea0:09:49 
19Luis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RG0:13:28 
20Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
21Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:18:41 
22Tarik Chaoufi (Mar) Maroc  
23Meron Teshome (Eri) Eritrea  
24Meron Amanuel (Eri) Eritrea  
25Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwa) Rwanda  
26Frekalsi Debesay (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
27Damien Tekou (Cmr) Cameroun  
28Abderrahmane Mehdi Hamza (Alg) Velo Club Sovac  
29Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar  
30Amadou Lengani (CIv) Cote D'Ivoire  
31Francisco Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RG  
32Bassirou Konte (CIv) Cote D'Ivoire  
33Mouhcine Lahsaini (Mar) Maroc  
34Souleymane Nikiema (Bur) Burkina Faso  
35Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
36Anass Ait El Abdia (Mar) Maroc  
37Tesfom Okubamariam (Eri) Eritrea  
38Hervé Raoul Mba (Cmr) Cameroun  
39Issaka Kabre (Bur) Burkina Faso  
40Gaël Nzoughe (Gab) Gabon  
41Poroloh Yacouba Soro (CIv) Cote D'Ivoire  
42Frédéric Obiang (Gab) Gabon  
43Karim Hadjbouzit (Alg) Velo Club Sovac  
44Omar Fraile (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RG  
45Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
46Raul Costa Seibeb (Nam) Namibia  
47Clovis Kamzong (Cmr) Cameroun  
48Johannes Hamunyela (Nam) Namibia  
49Hamza Merdj (Alg) Velo Club Sovac  
50Gasore Hategeka (Rwa) Rwanda  
51Romain Zingle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
52Joseph Biziyaremye (Rwa) Rwanda  
53Janvier Hadi (Rwa) Rwanda  
54Ramon Domene (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RG  
55Ephrem Ekobena (Gab) Gabon  
56Franklin Nguimkeng (Cmr) Cameroun  
57Dieunedort Simo Sando (Cmr) Cameroun  
58Nabil Baz (Alg) Velo Club Sovac  
59Karima Bonkoungou (Bur) Burkina Faso  
60Louis Verhelst (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credit  
61Geoffroy Ngandamba (Gab) Gabon  
62Yannick Lontsi (Cmr) Cameroun  
63John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
64Issiaka Fofana (CIv) Cote D'Ivoire  
65Bolodigui Ouattara (CIv) Cote D'Ivoire  
66Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
67Salifou Yarbanga (Bur) Burkina Faso  
68Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
69Antonio Piedra (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RG  
70Mongonlon Toure (CIv) Cote D'Ivoire  
71Essaïd Abelouache (Mar) Maroc  
72Cédric Tchouta (Gab) Gabon  
73Harouna Ilboudo (Bur) Burkina Faso  
74Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
75Jean-Bosco Nsengiyumva (Rwa) Rwanda  
76Bryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
77Faycal Hamza (Alg) Velo Club Sovac  
78Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Eritrea0:18:53 
79Chiponeni Kashululu (Nam) Namibia0:19:02 
80Tjipe Murangi (Nam) Namibia0:19:48 
81Léris Moukagni (Gab) Gabon0:22:07 
82Loto Petrus (Nam) Namibia0:22:09 
83Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN - Qhubeka  
84Valens Ndayisenga (Rwa) Rwanda0:44:21 

 

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