Luis Leon Sanchez: Rider Profile

Luis Leon Sanchez Paris Nice 2009

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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RELATED LINKS

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EXTERNAL LINKS

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

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