Sanchez sneaks away in Catalunya
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sanchez sneaks away in Catalunya

by VeloNation Press at 5:20 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results, Volta a Catalunya
 
Spaniard Julian Sanchez (Contentpolis-AMPO) won the fourth stage of the Volta a Catalunya today that traveled from La Pobla de Lillet and the ski resort of Vallnord. Sanchez was the only rider of 8 early breakaways to survive.

Today's queen stage was played out by the GC contenders close behind as young Irishman Daniel Martin (Garmin-Slipstream) tried to escape Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) with an attack on the final climb. But with help from his team Martin's damage was neutralized with him finishing second 6 seconds off of the winner, and Valverde just 2 seconds behind.

Stage:
1. Julian Sanchez Pimienta (ESP) 4hr 46min 29sec
2. Daniel Martin (IRL) at 06sec
3. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 8
4. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP) 12
5. Mikel Astarloza (ESP) 21

Overall:
1. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 13hr 49min 48sec
2. Daniel Martin (IRL) at 15sec
3. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP) 22
4. Mikel Astarloza (ESP) 34
5. Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (ESP) 38
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