Luis León Sanchez wins final Castilla y Leon stage

Belda seals overall victory

Luis León Sánchez (Caja Rural) won today the last stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y León by attacking in the descent of the last category 1 climb to Alto de los Portillinos and soloing until the finish line.

Meanwhile, David Belda successfully defended his leadership and along with his teammates of Burgos BH stood tall before Caja Rural, Movistar Team and Efapel-Glassdrive, that tried for most of the stage to knock them out but didn't succeed. The final podium was completed by Marcos García (2nd, Caja Rural) and Sylwester Szmyd (3rd, Movistar Team).

Luis León Sánchez assured this was "an unexpected success," since his form wasn't very good in the eve of the race. "I think I made some mistakes when setting up my calendar for this year. I chose to start racing early, with the Tropicale Amissa Bongo [where Sánchez won a stage and was 2nd overall – ed.] in January, against the criteria of the team, and that has affected my form later. I think I caught some sort of sickness which didn't allow me to suffer on the bike. I will find out more about it tomorrow, after receiving the results of some medical tests I went under this month. Anyway, today I felt good, had a go descending and was strong enough to arrive alone to the finish line."

After yesterday's exhibition in the summit finish to Alto de Lubián, David Belda and his Burgos BH team expected a showdown by Movistar Team and Caja Rural, the two biggest teams on this race, probably unpleased of being defeated by a Continental team.

The route was demanding, 165 kilometers form Lubián to Bembibre meant to become a hell, with five categorized climbs, two of them category 1 – Alto del Peñón (km 56) and Alto de los Portillinos (km 113), being the last climb the Alto de Onamio (cat3) with 18 kilometers to go.

The chances for Burgos BH came from their relatively strong line-up, with climbers like Igor Merino and Jesús del Pino and rouleurs like Juan José Oroz to protect Belda; a 53 seconds gap obtained on the Alto de Lubián; and the light rivalry between Caja Rural and Movistar Team, which don't use to get along, but to compete head to head. In the end, there lied the key of the race.

The race was nervous and full of attacks. Every one of them had several tactics involved. The main one was a 31-man breakaway which formed before Alto del Peñón and faced it with a decent gap. Movistar Team only had two of it weakest riders there and pulled to neutralize the group. But it wasn't the ProTeam, but Portuguese Efapel-Glassdrive the squad that completed the chase shortly before the summit, reducing the bunch to hardly 20 riders in the process.

A section of favorable terrain generated some relax in the race mood, and around 60 riders gathered together in the bunch before the start of the climb to Los Portillinos. Many moves formed and vanished there; some didn't prosper because lack of understanding between the members of the group, some were shut down by Burgos BH.

Neo-pro Beñat Txoperena (Euskadi) was the only one to build a relevant gap on the group of favorites. The Basque rider was the head of the race when Luis León Sánchez launched his attack, and joined him in his way to the finish line until unfortunately crashing into a motorcycle and leaving Sánchez alone to comfortably celebrate his victory. Sergio Sousa was second, rewarding Efapel's performance; José Joaquín Rojas was third, awarding Movistar Team a scarce prize while Burgos BH obtained the bigger one.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA4:46:48 
2Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive0:00:47 
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:53 
4Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
5Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskadi  
6Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
7Edgar Pinto (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
8Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH  
9Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
10Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
11Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
12Higinio Fernandez (Spa) Team Ecuador  
13Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Burgos-BH  
14David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
15Federico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular  
16Víctor De La Parte (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive  
17Juan Chamorro (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
18David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH  
19Raul Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
20Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team  
21Antonio Carvalho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
22Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskadi  
23Victor Etxeberria (Spa) Euskadi  
24Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
25Fernando Orjuela (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
26Sandro Pinto (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
27Hélder Ferreira (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
28Benat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi0:02:02 
29Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:02:07 
30Luis Alfonso (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte0:04:06 
31Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Stuttgart0:08:18 
32Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart  
33Filipe Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive  
34Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-BH0:10:13 
35Diego Rubio (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive  
36Ruben Menendez (Spa) Team Differdange-Los  
37Antonio Merolese (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest  
38Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
39Haritz Orbe (Spa) Euskadi  
40Hernani Broco (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
41Francisco Moreno (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
42Hugo Sancho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
43Daniel Silva (Por) Radio Popular  
44Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Euskadi  
45Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
46Jaime Roson (Spa) Team Ecuador  
47Lorenzo Di Remigio (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
48Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi  
49Raul Alarcon (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
50Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi  
51Vergilio Santos (Por) Radio Popular  
52Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
53Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
54Diego Ochoa (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
55Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos-BH  
56Mateo Gozzi (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest0:10:46 
57Hugo Sabido (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte0:11:47 
58Simone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team0:12:14 
59Marco Tecchio (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
60Damien Garcia (Fra) Team Differdange-Los0:22:19 
61Jaume Rovira (Spa) Team Ecuador0:22:21 
62Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
63Arkimedes Arguelyes (Rus) Lokosphinx  
64Gianluca Mengardo (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
65Carlos Ivan Oyarzun (Chi) Efapel - Glassdrive  
66Andre Mourato (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
67Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive  
68Marcel Weber (Ger) Team Stuttgart  
69Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
70Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
71Celio Sousa (Por) Radio Popular  
72César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular  
73Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Wilier  
74Fabio Chinello (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team0:25:00 
75Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA25 pts
2Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive20 
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team16 
4Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA14 
5Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskadi12 
6Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA10 
7Edgar Pinto (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte9 
8Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH8 
9Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier7 
10Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team6 
11Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA5 
12Higinio Fernandez (Spa) Team Ecuador4 
13Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Burgos-BH3 
14David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA2 
15Federico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular1 
Alro Del Peñon (Cat. 1), km. 56.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team10 pts
2Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier8 
3Diego Ochoa (Col) 4-72 - Colombia6 
4Arkimedes Arguelyes (Rus) Lokosphinx4 
5Andre Mourato (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte2 
6Simone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team1 
Alto De Carvajal (Cat. 3), km. 78.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team3 pts
2Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi2 
3Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive1 
Alto Peña Aguda (Cat. 2), km. 95.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team6 pts
2Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi4 
3Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive2 
4Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive1 
Alto De Portillinos (Cat. 1), km. 113.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive10 pts
2Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA8 
3Ricardo Mestre (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive6 
4Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH4 
5Benat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi2 
6Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA1 
Alto De Onamio (Cat. 3), km. 146.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA3 pts
2Benat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi2 
3Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caja Rural - Seguros RGA14:24:10 
2Efapel - Glassdrive0:00:47 
3Movistar Team0:01:53 
6La Aluminios-Antarte0:04:06 
7Louletano-Dunas Dourada0:10:13 
84-72 - COLOMBIA  
9Radio Popular0:18:33 
10Team Ecuador0:30:41 
11MG Kvis - Trevigiani  
13Area Zero Pro Team0:30:55 
14Team Stuttgart0:35:11 
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH13:51:48 
2Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:00:57 
3Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team0:01:01 
4Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Lokosphinx0:01:38 
5Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:55 
6Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH  
7Edgar Pinto (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte  
8Federico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular  
9Antonio Carvalho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte0:02:06 
10David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
11Raul Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour0:02:18 
12Sandro Pinto (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
13Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Burgos-BH0:02:30 
14Juan Chamorro (Col) 4-72 - Colombia0:02:37 
15Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
16Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:48 
17Víctor De La Parte (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive0:02:51 
18Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
19Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:02:58 
20Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskadi0:03:02 
21Victor Etxeberria (Spa) Euskadi0:03:07 
22Higinio Fernandez (Spa) Team Ecuador0:03:37 
23Fernando Orjuela (Col) 4-72 - Colombia0:03:53 
24Mikel Iturria (Spa) Euskadi0:04:41 
25Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:05:02 
26Hélder Ferreira (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive0:05:10 
27Luis Alfonso (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte0:06:10 
28Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive0:07:06 
29Nikodemus Holler (Ger) Team Stuttgart0:10:38 
30Jaime Roson (Spa) Team Ecuador0:11:11 
31Hugo Sancho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte0:11:18 
32Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos-BH0:11:22 
33Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:12:19 
34Diego Ochoa (Col) 4-72 - Colombia  
35Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team0:12:26 
36Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:12:37 
37Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Euskadi0:13:01 
38Hernani Broco (Por) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
39Hugo Sabido (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte0:13:04 
40Simone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team0:13:23 
41Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-BH0:13:38 
42Ruben Menendez (Spa) Team Differdange-Los0:13:42 
43Daniel Silva (Por) Radio Popular0:14:18 
44Francisco Moreno (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour0:14:39 
45Antonio Merolese (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest0:15:00 
46Filipe Cardoso (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive0:15:03 
47Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:15:30 
48Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart0:15:40 
49Vergilio Santos (Por) Radio Popular0:16:38 
50Benat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi0:17:13 
51Haritz Orbe (Spa) Euskadi0:20:30 
52Lorenzo Di Remigio (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier  
53Raul Alarcon (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
54César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular0:24:05 
55Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi0:25:20 
56Diego Rubio (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive0:25:24 
57Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi  
58Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier0:25:37 
59Marco Tecchio (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team0:25:43 
60Celio Sousa (Por) Radio Popular0:26:26 
61Jaume Rovira (Spa) Team Ecuador0:27:24 
62Andre Mourato (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte0:28:46 
63Arkimedes Arguelyes (Rus) Lokosphinx  
64Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour0:30:33 
65Marcel Weber (Ger) Team Stuttgart0:32:38 
66Gianluca Mengardo (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team0:34:25 
67Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:35:04 
68Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:37:12 
69Carlos Ivan Oyarzun (Chi) Efapel - Glassdrive0:37:32 
70Andrei Nechita (Rom) MG Kvis - Wilier0:37:40 
71Mateo Gozzi (Ita) Nankang-Fondriest0:40:33 
72Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team0:41:32 
73Fabio Chinello (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team0:44:20 
74Damien Garcia (Fra) Team Differdange-Los0:47:40 
75Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive0:53:15 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team41 pts
2David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH25 
3Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA25 
4Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA25 
5Edgar Pinto (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte21 
6Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive20 
7Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx20 
8Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH17 
9Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team16 
10Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team16 
11Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi16 
12Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Lokosphinx14 
13Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA14 
14Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskadi12 
15Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA10 
16Federico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular9 
17Antonio Carvalho (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte9 
18David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA9 
19Vicente Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour9 
20Alexander Krieger (Ger) Team Stuttgart8 
21Matteo Busato (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier7 
22Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier6 
23Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Burgos-BH5 
24Raul Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour4 
25Higinio Fernandez (Spa) Team Ecuador4 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team23 pts
2Luca Chirico (Ita) MG Kvis - Wilier13 
3Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive12 
4David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH10 
5Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA8 
6Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA8 
7Raul Alarcon (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour6 
8Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team6 
9Diego Ochoa (Col) 4-72 - Colombia6 
10Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi6 
11Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA4 
Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH5 pts
2Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA5 
3Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team5 
4Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH5 
5Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Lokosphinx5 
6Edgar Pinto (Por) La Aluminios-Antarte5 
7Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team5 
8Sergio Sousa (Por) Efapel - Glassdrive5 
9Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA5 
10Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA5 
11Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi5 
Regional rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaime Roson (Spa) Team Ecuador  
2Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-BH  
3Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi  
4Diego Rubio (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive  
Spanish rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Belda (Spa) Burgos-BH  
2Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
3Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
4Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-BH  
5David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
6Raul Garcia De Mateos (Spa) Louletano-Dunas Dour  
7Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Burgos-BH  
8Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
9Víctor De La Parte (Spa) Efapel - Glassdrive  
10Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
11Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskadi  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caja Rural - Seguros RGA41:39:31 
3Movistar Team0:01:55 
4Efapel - Glassdrive0:04:33 
5La Aluminios-Antarte0:05:05 
7Louletano-Dunas Dourada0:12:26 
84-72 - COLOMBIA0:14:42 
9Radio Popular0:24:03 
10Team Ecuador0:38:05 
12MG Kvis - Trevigiani0:43:25 
13Area Zero Pro Team0:44:47 


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