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by Mark Zalewski

April 5, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Luis Leon Sanchez wins opener of Tour of the Basque Country; Giorgia Bronzini wins the GP Dottignies; Bannan – Matthews considering targeting the cobbled Classics in the future; Peter Sagan on his Tour of Flanders win – ‘This is something special’; 2017 Trek Domane SLR – full tech details and first impressions; 30 years of the Redlands Bicycle Classic – Pro riders recall their favourite memories; Touchpaper – Peter Sagan’s coming of age; NZ Cycling achieves full qualification for Rio; Rise – Inside Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, episode #4; Discovering Ronde van Vlaanderen; How the Race Was Won – 2016 Tour of Flanders; Three guys riding Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Luis Leon Sanchez wins opener of Tour of the Basque Country

by Mark Zalewski

Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) won the opening stage of the Tour of the Basque Country just ahead of late-break companion Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) and the rest of the peloton after an explosive final climb.

A stage with eight categorised climbs, including a final climb less than 10km from the finish, made for an exciting finish. Astana’s Dario Cataldo led solo onto the final climb of the stage, but the peloton was clearly in control as it began the ascent.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) made it known he will be a contender this week as he lifted the pace. As a result the other pre-race favourites snapped to attention, and the subsequent increase in speed eliminated any chance for Cataldo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h51IIToz5h0

Over the top Sanchez and Navarro managed to build a gap on the drop down to the finish, pushing their descending skills to the maximum.

Onto the flat the peloton began to close the gap to the leading duo. Into the finish town of Markina-Xemein the sprinters were breathing down the neck of Sanchez and Navarro, but it was too little, too late, as Sanchez pipped Navarro for the win. Seconds behind Simon Gerrans (Orica-Green Edge) took the field sprint.

Stage 1: Etxebarria > Markina-Xemein - Stage Result

Monday 4th April 2016

1. es
SANCHEZ Luis Leon
Astana Pro Team
03:54:21
2. es
NAVARRO Daniel
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
-
3. au
GERRANS Simon
Orica GreenEDGE
-
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Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and shows riders walking up the iconic Koppenberg climb during Sunday’s Tour of Flanders.

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