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Sánchez has a plan for 2009

Samuel Sánchez has made up his mind regarding his race plan next season. He will start out in March, with Paris-Nice from March 8-15, followed by a couple of Spanish one-day races, GP Llodio on March 29 and the GP Miguel Indurain on April 4.

After that he will race at home in the Vuelta al País Vasco (April 6-11) and at the Klasika Primavera (April 12). The Classics season follows, with stops at the Amstel Gold Race (April 19), Flèche Wallonne (April 22) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 26).

The block of the early summer stage races will start with the Vuelta a Asturias (April 28 - May 2). Sánchez is not quite sure about the Volta a Catalunya (May 18-24) yet. The Euskal Bizikleta follows from June 3-7.

Despite having made the plans for the main part of the first part of the season, he is not quite sure where he will debut. He may take part in the Challenge de Mallorca (February 8-12) or in the Vuelta a Andalucia (February 15-19). (AS)

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.