Defending Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre gave the clear sign that he’s coming into form when he finished with the group of favourites at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday. Sastre was part of the chasing bunch which crossed the line 1.24 minutes behind solo victor Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), and rolled home in the same time as several of his rivals for the Tour.
“The Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the last race that I have ridden before the Italian Giro, has left me with a very good feeling, he says on his web-site. I think that all the training I’ve done at home and the races that I’ve ridden have helped me to attain the level of fitness that I was looking for. I feel as though I’m ready to take on the Giro with guarantees”.
”My team has once again ridden a very nice race, with a great performance by Marcel Wyss, who stayed up front throughout the whole race and with a sixth position by Simon Guerrans. I think the team has covered a very important start of the season and it was really good for me because I was able to do the things that I wanted in terms of managing and above all, prepare as I should to reach the Italian Giro (my first important goal of this season) in the best of conditions, as I believe I will”.
“From now on, I’m not going to race, I have a little over a week to stay at home and refine my technique to arrive at Venice ready to take on the Giro with guarantees”.
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