Luis León Sanchez wins Vuelta a Murcia

Valverde, Gilbert complete podium

In a reversal of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Astana's Luis León Sanchez got the better of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) to take the victory in the 209km one-day Vuelta a Murica on Saturday.

Sanchez answered an attack by Valverde with two kilometers remaining before putting in his own move that launched him to a solo victory, while at quite a distance, Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) was third.

"The guys were super today and I have to thank all of them for the huge help," Sanchez said. "In the beginning a big group went away and we had to work the whole day. It was not easy to control this race, but the team did it. In the final I went away together with Valverde. I knew, if we come for a sprint it would be the same situation as it was at Valenciana. So, I knew I have to do something and I saw my chance with 2km to go.

"Anyway, I think this is a team success, not only mine. The team is great these days. At the Volta Valenciana we did a strong race and took two podium places. Now, in Dubail, Magnus was close to the victory too. That’s great!"

Valverde recognized Sanchez' strong start to the season, saying he is doing "really well at the moment". "Even though I myself tried to leave him behind in the finale, he took a strong turn with 2km to go and it caught me out of strength. I'm still happy, though, because my legs continue to feel really well after my injury."

The fireworks kicked off on the Collada Bermejo, a category 1 ascent that crested with 60km to go. As the day's early breakaway was being reeled in, Quick-Step Floors went on the attack, with both Gilbert and Bob Jungels jumping away.

They were reeled in before the unclassified Alto de Gebas, where Astana's Jakob Fuglsang attacked and launched Sanchez up the road with Valverde.

"I knew from the start that Sanchez and Valverde were the most dangerous riders, as they knew the roads, so that is why we tried something different. After 20 kilometers we went away together with a big group and as some riders weren't willing to share the work, we made a selection, followed by two more later in the race. Unfortunately, a strong headwind thwarted our efforts and we couldn't extend the lead," Gilbert said.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team5:06:35 
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:15 
3Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:02:15 
4Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott0:03:54 
5Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
6Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
7Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors  
8Willie Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin  
9José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
10Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
11Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
12Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
13Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
14Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
15Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott  
16Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors  
17Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott  
18Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
19Etienne van Empel (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
20Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
21Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
22Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
23Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
24Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors  
25Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally Cycling  
26Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
27Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
28Diego Rubio Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH  
29Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin  
30Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
31Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe  
32Michael Valgren (Den) Astana Pro Team  
33Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
34Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
35Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
36Marco Minnard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
37Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
38Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie  
39Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
OTLThomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
OTLStijn Steels (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
OTLHector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
OTLGarikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
OTLAntonio Molina Canet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
OTLOscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
OTLRobert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling  
OTLNigel Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling  
OTLJesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos BH  
OTLJulen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
OTLOscar Eduardo Sanchez Guarin (Col) Canel's-Specialized  
OTLJonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
OTLJonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
OTLJames Mitri (GBr) Burgos-BH  
OTLMarc Buades Ferriol (Spa) Team Euskadi  
OTLJon Ander Insausti (Spa) Team Euskadi  
OTLJonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
OTLDries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
OTLMathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
OTLMichael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
OTLJorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos BH  
OTLMichaël Van Staeyen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
OTLAaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
OTLJan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
OTLSergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
OTLAdam De Vos (Can) Rally Cycling  
OTLKyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling  
OTLRomain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie  
OTLJerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie  
OTLRein Taaramäe (Est) Direct Energie  
OTLEduardo Francisco Garcia (Spa) Dare Gaviota  
DNFJon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott  
DNFMikel Alonso Flores (Spa) Team Euskadi  
DNFTim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFIbai Azurmendi Sagastibeltza (Spa) Team Euskadi  
DNFJérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFMaxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRobbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFTom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFTimothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFImanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFMatteo Fabbro (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFEgoitz Fernandez Ayarzaguena (Spa) Team Euskadi  
DNFAlexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFRicardo Garcia (Spa) Team Euskadi  
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
DNFPeio Goikoetxea Goiogana (Spa) Team Euskadi  
DNFHector Gonzales (Spa) Dare Gaviota  
DNFHugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFHugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team  
DNFEvan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling  
DNFAxel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFEvgeny Kobernyak (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFLeon Koch (Ned) Dare Gaviota  
DNFPatrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFBakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFAidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFMarko Kump (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFSenne Leysen (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFRoman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFJosé Mendes (Por) Burgos BH  
DNFMilan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFMauricio Moreira (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFEmerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling  
DNFJonas Orset (Nor) Dare Gaviota  
DNFLukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFEduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFIbai Salas Zorrozua (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFSergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFEnrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFAndreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFMichal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFMads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFSimon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFEduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team  
DNFEvgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFMarc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFNelson Andres Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFDavid Tanner (Aus) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
DNFPablo Torres Muiño (Spa) Burgos BH  
DNFRafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFPreben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
DNFGuillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFJan Willem van Schip (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFCoen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
DNFCarlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott  
DNFJosu Zabala Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFOdin Foldvik Eikeland (Nor) Dare Gaviota  
DNSZico Waeytens (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  


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