Sanchez maintains Astana's stronghold on Tour of the Alps

Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) wins stage 4 at Tour of the Alps

Luis Leon Sanchez continues Astana 's romp through the Tour of the Alps as he claimed victory on stage 4. It is the third win for the Kazakh team this week after Pello Bilbao and Miguel Angel Lopez won the opening two stages. Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data) is the only rider so far to break the stronghold that Astana has on this year's race after he launched a move similar to Sanchez's on stage 3. The Spaniard had been there but says he waited too long when the Australian attacked and was determined to make up for it on the hugely aggressive stage. "It was a really short stage and really nervous. It started really quickly and it was difficult to control. There are lots of strong teams like FDJ and Team Sky, who are also preparing for the Giro d'Italia," said Sanchez. "Yesterday, things didn't go that well for ...

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