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by Shane Stokes
June 13, 2017
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The Spanish rider Luis Leon Sanchez has signed up for two more years with the Astana team, having already spent two and a half seasons with the team. The agreement will see him wear the Kazakh team’s colours until 2019.
Leon Sanchez is a four-time Tour de France stage winner and has also won races such as Paris-Nice and the Tour Down Under. Since moving to Astana he has taken stages in the Volta ao Algarve and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, but spent more time riding for team leaders. He backed Jakob Fuglsang in the recent Critérium du Dauphiné, which the Dane won.
“I’m satisfied about this renewal because Luis Leon is a very strong rider,” said Astana General Manager Alexander Vinokourov. “He is one of the best athletes, a trustable team mate. He is able to win important races and do an excellent job for the team.
“Even during last Giro d’Italia, which has been really difficult for us for many different reasons, Luis Leon demonstrated to be generous and trustable as one of the best in the peloton. He really deserved a good renewal with the Astana pro team.”
He will next compete in the Tour of Poland, which is part of his build-up for the Vuelta a España.