Loius Leon Sanchez has had a never say die attitude in this years Tour de France having come close to the win on two occasions already. The 191km journey from Limoux - Foix provided the Spaniard with all the ingredients he needed to get one of his trademark breakaway victories. Having crested the summit of the ferocious final climb of the day at 18% gradient the Rabobank rider quickly regrouped with companion Gilbert (BMC) in the hunt to chase back to the three leaders Sagan (Liquigas Cannondale), Casar (FDJ-Big Mat) and Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi. Once together and with just 14km remaining and a sure thing 15 minute advantage over the peloton LL Sanchez let rip with a solo attack that would last to the finish. Bringing home second was Sagan in Green with Casar rounding out the podium.
Sanchez' victory salvaged a disasterous Tour for Rabobank, which had been culled by injuries and was down to only four riders. Remarkably the Dutch team with all four riders in the front group was the best team on the day.
It was the fourth career Tour de France stage win for the 28-year-old Spaniard.
"I had three stage wins in other Tours and this year the race turned hard from the first day and it looked like it would be impossible,” he said, according to as.com. “But when you fight you can get things done. We have only four riders in the race but when you want it, in the end, you can get the victory."