Sastre abandons but remains positive

Carlos Sastre did not start the final stage of the Tour of California, after suffering with sickness...

Carlos Sastre did not start the final stage of the Tour of California, after suffering with sickness throughout the race. However he drew a positive perspective on his first race of the season.

"Eight days of competition were enough, so I decided to not start today," Sastre said. After flu, Sastre now finds himself battling sinusitis. To make things worse he suffered from a crash, "from which I haven't recovered fully yet."

Sastre is now looking forward to some rest before returning to his native Spain. "Sunday I fly back and I hope to be home Monday night." Sastre wants to use the form he developed in California to get some quality workouts in before the Vuelta a Castilla a León. "I hope to be in better form then."

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