Dutch team Rabobank can be a little anonymous. I've heard Rabo described as a 'career graveyard' - make the move there and you are likely to vanish into obscurity. In reality though, they are one of those teams that are consistently mediocre - they do win races, though monument and grand tour victories are few and far between and other than Robert Gesink the team lacks a punch in the general classification department. Luis Leon Sanchez, who took victory in today's Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian, has proven to be an exception to Rabobanks rule, punching his way to 7 victories this season. Here's a closer look at Rabobanks lethal weapon...
At 28 years of age, Luis Leon is no spring chicken, but this probably is the peak of his career and it has certainly shown this season. The Spaniard, christened Luis León Sánchez Gil is from a sporting family, with a younger brother Pedro playing professional football for high flyers Real Madrid. Older brother Antonio also chose balls over wheels and plays professional indoor football. In 2006, the eldest brother, Leon died in a motorcycle accident which in turn has driven Sanchez to success as he strives to make his brother proud.
|Sanchez Find Victory for Caisse d'Epargne|
Not only has Luis Leon Sanchez now found his place within the Dutch team, he is leading from the front in terms of victories, as Rabo's most successful rider this year. He finally looks comfortable. His 2012 palmares may even be considered better than his stand-out 2010 season:
|Taking Victory in San Sebastian today|