Sanchez battles through heat and hills for Basque Country win

Criterium International 2010

Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) notched up a second victory in as many years on the Arrate climb in the Tour of the Basque Country. But he had barely come off the podium before he said he was disappointed that he could not wrestle the overall lead from Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) in the process.

Sanchez was the fastest of a group of 11 riders that tore across the finish line at high speed, a kilometre after they had crossed the summit of the Arrate climb.

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