Sastre out of Vuelta al Pais Vasco with bronchial problems

Geox-TMC rider needs complete rest

Carlos Sastre will not ride the Vuelta al Pais Vasco due to bronchial and lung problems. The Geox-TMC rider needs complete rest and must undergo treatment to deal with the long-time problem.

“Carlos has a bronco-pulmonary infection,” Sports Director Matxin Fernandez said on the team's website.   “It’s a problem that he’s been dealing with for too long. After the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Carlos underwent all the necessary medical tests at the Avila hospital. Doctors said it was mandatory for the rider to undergo appropriate treatment, and also recommended a period of complete rest."

“Sastre really wanted to compete in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco but starting the race in these conditions would be a pointless risk for the rider’s health. It is important to solve this problem before starting to race again, in order not to risk compromising the rest of the season.”

Sastre, 35, has had a quiet start to the season, finishing 91st in the Vuelta a Murcia and 148th in the Volta a Catalunya.

Geox-TMC will send the following riders to the race:  Juan Jose Cobo, David De la Fuente, Rafael Valls, Fabio Felline, Daniele Ratto, Mauricio Ardila, Fabio Duarte and Noe Gianetti.

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