Team CSC's Carlos Sastre has returned to training after being sidelined after a crash in the Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia, with the outfit saying it expects he could return to racing as soon as next week.
"I've had 10 days with back pains and without training, but started training again on Monday and I feel better now and ready to get back to business again soon," said the Spaniard.
Sastre is listed on Team CSC's roster for the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, which starts on Monday, but the rider will wait a few more days before deciding if he's ready to contest an event.
Despite the crash on his home soil, Sastre is determined to not let it interrupt his preparations for this year's Tour.
"At the moment it's not ideal of course, but I have lots of time before the Tour so I'm going to stick to my program," he said. "Of course it's always bad with a crash, but this one wasn't too serious I guess."