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Sastre says weekend stages may decide the Giro d'Italia

By:
Sarah Connolly
Published:
May 18, 2011, 14:56,
Updated:
May 18, 2011, 15:56
Edition:
Third Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Carlos Sastre talks about his chances for the Giro.

Carlos Sastre talks about his chances for the Giro.

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Geox rider happy to let the sprinters have their day Tuesday

Carlos Sastre, currently sitting in 26th place behind race leader Alberto Contador, is looking ahead to the next stages of the Giro d’Italia to decide the race.

“We had quite bad weather [on the rest day]. It was raining and really windy and most people made the most of it to ride exercise bikes and rest well in the lead-up to the next stages, which are going to be really hard. Above all, people are now concentrating on the three stages coming up this weekend, which hold a great deal of accumulated hardness in store for us," said the Spaniard after stage 10

The 36-year-old Geox-TMC rider has had his share of bad luck in the race, crashing in stage three and having to ride the last six kilometres on a borrowed bike that was too small for him.  As a climber, he will naturally be looking forward to the hilly stages – but for stage 10, he was happy to sit back and let the sprinters’ teams control the race.

“The start of the stage was rather ‘leg-breaking', but the breakaway happened quite easily. Today we knew that the sprinters’ teams were going to control the race, because it was one of the last chances they had in this Giro to try to win a stage. Then there was also a great deal of headwinds and that meant that the breakaway was always under control, finally breaking into a sprint at the end."

Sitting nearly five minutes behind Contador, Sastre, whose highest placing in the Giro was third in 2009, will need to attack on the difficult stages if he has any hope of achieving a top 10 finish this year. 

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