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Ciclo21 reports to have seen a document that shows that Sanchez will be the 20th and final rider on Caja Rural, with the official announcement set to be made in January






30.11.2013 @ 15:46 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Ciclo21 reports that Luis Leon Sanchez has finally found a team for the coming season. The Spanish site claims to have seen a document that proves that the former Belkin rider will be the 20th and final rider on the Caja Rural that will make a official announcement of their new rider in January.


In a market loaded with talented bike riders, three riders that still haven't found a team for the 2014 season, have drawn particular interest: Chris Horner, Samuel Sanchez and Luis Leon Sanchez. Now it seems that the latter can finally prepare the coming season with peace in mind.


Spanish cycling website Ciclo21 reports that the Spaniard has signed a contract with Caja Rural for the 2014 season and that he will be the final rider on the roster. The official announcement is set to be made in January.


For the past three years, Sanchez has been riding for the Belkin team and its predecessor Rabobank but his links to several doping investigations saw the Dutch team buy him out of his contract at the end of the 2013 season. In the early part of the season, he was put on inactive status by Belkin when new links to Operacion Puerto were published in the media but after taking the case to the UCI, Sanchez was allowed to return to competition. However, his team decided to end their association with the former Paris-Nice winner at the end of the season.


Since then Sanchez has been looking for a new team and in early November Ciclo21 reported that the Spaniard was very close to signing a deal with Caja Rural. The team confirmed its interest but said that Sanchez had to reduce his wage demands if a deal was to be reached.


Instead, it was later reported that the team had finalized its roster as Caja Rural decided not to increase its financial commitment but the team actually never confirmed the story. Apparently, the parties have remained in contact and earlier this week Sanchez' agent Angel Buenache told Biciciclismo that there were a number of offers on the table and that he would make a decision in the near future.


Ciclo21 claims to have seen a document that guarantees that Sanchez will ride in Caja Rural colours in 2014 but to protect their source, they refuse to publish it. Due to the agreement with Belkin, the parties will wait until January to confirm the contract.


If the signing is confirmed, it will be a great boost to Caja Rural. The Spanish team is trying to internationalize its race schedule and has applied for a wildcard for the Giro d'Italia. The addition of Sanchez would significantly enhance the chances of a positive reply.


While Sanchez will not be able to return to the Tour de France where he has won three stages in the past, he would be able to ride all the biggest Spanish races, including the Vuelta a Espana. The Volta a Catalunya, Vuelta al Pais Vasco and Clasica San Sebastian are likely to become major targets for the Spaniard.


Sanchez will be the 20th rider on the roster that is currently set to be led by David Arroyo and Amets Txurruka.



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