Carlos Sastre (Geox-TMC) will go to the Castilla y Leon on Wednesday in search of some much needed form having had a forgettable and largely anonymous start to the season. The Spaniard will lead his Geox-TMC team but sees the race more as an indicator for his participation in the Giro d’Italia.
Having last raced at the Vuelta a Catalunya in Spain where he finished sixth last, Sastre will hope he can put the start of the season behind him.
"I had a lung infection at Catalunya which meant I struggled, and I decided to take a break from racing," explained the Spaniard.
"I think I made the right choice, if I had not done so, things could have been much worse. Now I just want to work on my form in peace at the Castilla y Leon."
Sastre still feels despite a less than ideal lead up that he can perform well at the Giro.
"Fortunately I still have three weeks before the start of the Giro, so I can hopefully refine my condition going into May."
Geox-TMC management have put no pressure on Sastre to ride well but will be hoping for bigger things in three weeks time.
The Vuelta Castilla y Leon starts on Wednesday with a 179.4 km stage to Palencia.