LUIS LEON SANCHEZ
Date of birth: 24/11/1983
From: Mula, Spain
Team: Rabobank
Previous teams: Caisse d’Epargne (2007-10); Liberty Seguros (2004-06)

Luis Leon Sanchez career profile
Luis Leon Sanchez is a rouleur in the tradition of the greats of the sport. Time trials are a speciality of his but he has also matured into a fine stage racer.

Luis Leon spent the early part of his career under the tutelage of Manolo Saiz at the Liberty Seguros outfit. The Spaniard shot to prominence on the world stage in 2005, winning a stage and the overall at the Tour Down Under.

Taking the young riders’ jersey at the 2006 Paris-Nice was proof of his developing stage racing capability but he left the Liberty Seguros team in the wake of the Operacion Puerto affair; the Spaniard was not involved but moved on to the Caisse d’Epargne team for 2007.

Luis Leon took a string of fine results in 2007, with his first Tour de France stage win coming in 2008 in emphatic style. 2009 was his most successful year to date, with an overall win at Paris-Nice and stage wins in the Tour of the Basque Country and the Tour of the Mediterranean.

Luis Leon Sanchez results

2012
Paris-Nice; stage six
Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; stage two
Tour de Romandie; stage three
Tour de Romandie; stage four
National time trial champion
Tour de France; stage 14
Clasic San Sebastian

2011
Tour de France, stage nine
National time trial champion

2010
Tour of the Algarve; stage five
Tour Down Under; stage five
Clasica San Sebastian
Circuit de la Sarthe; stage one
Circuit de la Sarthe; overall
National time trial champion

2009
Tour de France; stage eight
Paris-Nice; overall
Paris-Nice; stage seven
Tour of the Basque Country; stage one
Tour of the Mediterranean; overall
Tour du Haut Var; stage one

2008
Tour de France; stage seven
Paris-Nice; stage seven
National time trial champion

2007
Paris-Nice; stage six
Vuelta a Mallorca; overall

2006
Paris-Nice; young riders’ classification

2005
Tour Down Under; overall
Tour Down Under; young rider’s classification
Tour Down Under; stage three
Clasica Internacional Alcobendas; stage

2004
Vuelta a Asturias; stage
Clasica Internacional Alcobendas; stage

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EXTERNAL LINKS

Luis Leon Sanchez’s website: http://luisleonsanchez.net/