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Luis Leon Sanchez Outwits Vinokourov in Clasica

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Caisse d'Epargne's Luis Leon Sanchez won his first major classic in San Sebastian today with a crafty sprint that just got him over the top of Alexandr Vinokourov and Carlos Sastre. The three had broken away on the Jaizkebel and held off a rigorous chase, led primarily by Sanchez' future teammate Robert Gesink of Rabobank. But the victory wasn't sealed until Sanchez did a long pull with 2km to go, and then started barking at Vinokourov until he got the Astana veteran to take up the lead for the final km -- and kept him there. As it was, Vino still nearly took it with a powerful sprint, so Sanchez has to thank his tactics and good fortune that Vino towed the break home. Top ten:

  1. Luis Leon Sanchez, Caisse d'Epargne
  2. Alexandr Vinokourov, Astana, s.t.
  3. Carlos Sastre, Cervelo, s.t.
  4. Haimar Zubeldia, Shack, at 
  5. Joaquim Rodriguez, Katusha
  6. Ryder Hesjedal, Garmin
  7. Robert Gesink, Rabobank
  8. Nicholas Roche, AG2R
  9. Samuel Sanchez, Euskaltel
  10. Richie Porte, Saxo Bank