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Luis Leon Sanchez wins 2018 Vuelta a Murcia

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Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) claimed the victory at the 2018 Vuelta a Murcia, crossing the finish line ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), his companion at the front throughout the last kilometres.

The two local riders, joined by Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), reached down a four-man lead group stemming from a monster break (40 riders) jumping away from the field in the beginning of the race.

The trio bridged back to Jungels, Serry, Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) and Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), and after the descent of the Collado Bermejo, Valverde and Sánchez left the others behind with a duo attack which only Gilbert attempted to bring down.

As winds picked up in the final descent towards the finish, Sánchez anticipated Valverde’s strong sprint with a well-timed attack with 2km from the finish.

Vuelta a Murcia 2018 results:

1 Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)

5:06:34

2 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+15”

3 Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors)

+02’15”

4 Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

+03’54”

5 Pieter Serry (Quick-Step Floors)

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6 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

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7 Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

+03’57”

8 Willie Smit (Katusha-Alpecin)

+05’11”

9 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)

+05’16”

10 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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