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Tour Down Under: Luis Leon Sanchez second to Peter Sagan

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Luis Leon Sanchez and Peter Sagan congratulate each other for first and second on stage 3 at the Tour Down Under

Luis Leon Sanchez and Peter Sagan congratulate each other for first and second on stage 3 at the Tour Down Under
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Peter Sagan and Luis Leon Sanchez battle for victory during stage 3 at the Tour Down Under

Peter Sagan and Luis Leon Sanchez battle for victory during stage 3 at the Tour Down Under
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Luis Leon Sanchez and Peter Sagan throw their bikes for the line during stage 3 at the Tour Down under. Sagan got the win.

Luis Leon Sanchez and Peter Sagan throw their bikes for the line during stage 3 at the Tour Down under. Sagan got the win.
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) leads a breakaway

Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) leads a breakaway
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) finishes the 2019 Down Under Classic

Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) finishes the 2019 Down Under Classic
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Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) held his nerve on stage 3 of the Tour Down Under, waiting patiently and sticking to the wheel of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) before looking to surge past the three-time world champion in the final metres into Uraidla. Despite the impressive showing, however, he was unable to match Sagan's speed and superior bike throw, losing the sprint by half a wheel length on the line to finish second on the stage.

"I'm both content and disappointed. Of course, you want to win and I was very close, but when you're sprinting against a guy like Peter Sagan, you know it's almost impossible. He has such finishing speed. The team did a great job to keep me in position,” Sanchez said.