Astana take GP Indurain podium spots but still looking for 2021 win

Podium / Luis Leon Sanchez Gil of Spain and Team Astana – Premier Tech, Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain and Movistar Team & Alexey Lutsenko of Kazahkstan and Team Astana – Premier Tech Celebration, during the 12th Gran Premio Miguel Indurain 2021
Luis León Sánchez (Astana-Premier Tech), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Premier Tech) on the podium of the GP Miguel Indurain 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Astana-Premier Tech may have been the strongest team at the Gran Premio Miguel Indurain on Saturday but they still head out of the race without a victory this season after the outnumbered Alejandro Valverde claimed it for Movistar instead, leaving the Kazakhstani team with the second and third steps of the podium. 

It was a group of three at the front in the final stages of the 1.Pro race with Astana-Premier Tech’s Alexey Lutsenko attacking to join Valverde and teammate Luis León Sánchez, who was the final rider remaining from the late break up the front. However, when Valverde attacked on the steep Ibarra 'wall' climb with two kilometres to go, there was little either could do. 

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