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Luis León Sánchez: at my age you’re worse at some things but better at others

Luis León Sánchez (Astana Qazaqstan)

Buried somewhere deep in the archives of Cyclingnews, there’s an article about a 21-year-old rider claiming his first ever stage race at the 2005 Tour Down Under and how, as the article puts it, Spain’s Luis León Sánchez “has shown that he is the early bird of this season and also possibly a great name for the future.”

Sánchez claimed the 2005 Jacob’s Creek Tour Down Under, as Australia’s premier event was branded back then, by winning a mid-race stage in which a 26-strong group pulled out a staggering 30-minute gap on the rest of the peloton. That was quite a statement in itself, but the young Spanish racer earned himself even more compliments as he stayed in control of the  TDU lead all the way through to the final criterium stage in Adelaide, won by a certain Robbie McEwen. 

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