Carlos Sastre will compete in the upcoming Vuelta al País Vasco and intends to draw important conclusions regarding his preparation for the Giro d'Italia.
"It's my last stage race test before the Giro and I hope to assess the quality of my training. Each passing day I'm feeling better," said Sastre.
True to his custom, especially in recent years, the Tour de France's defending champion has started the season slowly, knowing that the peaks in form must match his objectives. This year Sastre has three goals: the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and world championships.
"Vuelta al País Vasco is like a concentrated Giro." said Sastre, who's attention is drawn to the first and penultimate stages.
Concerning the Vuelta al País Vasco, Sastre commented that he "expects to do well and hopes to reach the end in the best condition."