Our Spanish rider, the experienced Luis Leon Sanchez, entered in the top ten in today second stage of the Tour Down Under.
The race route of this second step of the Australian race previewed many hills along the 148.5 km and the famous uphill finish to Paracombe.
“In the final the speed increased considerably – commented the Astana Pro Team sport director in Australia Stefano Zanini – and we worked to protect our today captain, Luis Leon Sanchez.”
“Then there has been the attack of the 2/3 strongest climbers in race and Sanchez has performed pretty well, keeping the wheels of the immediate pursuers and finishing 10th at only 19 seconds from the winner” explained Zanini.
“Having been able to keep the front group of the strongest in this difficult uphill final is a good confirm to me – explained Sanchez – because it means that I’ve worked in the right way in this Winter… let’s see how the race will develop in the next stages, confident of my 9th position in the GC”.
The second stage of the Tour Down Under 2017 has been won by the Tasmanian, Richie Porte. Tomorrow, third stage from Glenelg to Victor Harbor (144 km), with the possibility of wind in the middle part of the race route but that should fit pretty well for the sprinters.
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