Luis León Sánchez takes third time trial title

Contador beaten into third place

Luis León Sánchez (Rabobank) took his second successive Spanish time trial title – and his third in total – with a fine performance on the road to Vall d'Uixó, while pre-race favourite Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) could only manage third.

In what was his first competitive outing since winning the Giro d’Italia in May, Contador struggled to match León Sanchez, and finished 1:12 down at the finish. Jonathan Castroviejo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) sprung something of a surprise to squeeze ahead of Contador and onto the second step of the podium.

The day belonged to León Sanchez, however, as he set a scorching pace right from the off. The Rabobank man was 19 seconds clear of Castroviejo and 24 ahead of Contador at the first intermediate check, just shy of the halfway mark.

Over the second half of the course, León Sanchez stretched out his lead still further to seal a dominant victory.
 

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis León Sánchez (Rabobank)0:56:43 
2Jonathan Castroviejo (Euskaltel-Euskadi)0:01:01 
3Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard)0:01:12 
4Jose Iván Gutiérrez (Movistar Team)0:01:47 
5Jesús Herrada (Movistar Team)0:02:10 
6Alejandro Marque (Onda)0:02:32 
7Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi)0:02:35 
8Jesús Del Nero (NetApp)0:03:07 
9Jesús Rosendo (Andalucía-Caja Granada)0:03:17 
10Lluis Mas (Burgos 2016)0:03:19 
11Víctor Cabedo (Orbea)0:03:36 
12Arturo Mora (Caja Rural)0:03:42 
13David Blanco (Geox-TMC)  
14Ricardo García (Orbea)0:04:00 
15David Bernabeu (Andalucía-Caja Granada)0:04:56 
16Ion Pardo (Onda)0:05:08 
17Delio Fernández (Onda)0:05:17 
18Antonio Cabello (Andalucía-Caja Granada)0:06:22 
19Rubén Martínez (Caja Rural)0:06:51 
20Carlos Verona (Burgos 2016)0:07:16 

 

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