Carlos Sastre ended the speculation about his plans for next July by announcing yesterday that he will ride the Tour de France. "This is my race, which I have won once before and I would love to win again," Sastre commented in a statement picked up by the Europa Press Agency.
The Cervélo TestTeam rider explained that next year's course is perfectly constructed for the climbers with very few kilometers against the watch to harm their chances. Sastre also typically improves over the course of a three week grand tour, and he believes the third week climax in the Pyrenées works to his advantage. "The course is to my advantage," he concluded.
Sastre will face a deep field in France including two-time winner Alberto Contador, last year's second place Andy Schleck of Saxo Bank, and the returning seven-time winner Lance Armstrong. The course is climber-friendly and includes two trips up the Col de Tourmalet in the final week.
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