The longest stage of the Tour of California took its toll on the peloton, including reigning Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre. The stage was flat and the sun was out, but it is still early in the season.
"The peloton, and I include myself here, is getting tired. But I will continue optimistically." Sastre praised his new Cervélo team, which "continues to work towards a stage victory." He said that the race is also important in building the team spirit necessary for the most important races of the season.
Sastre knows he still has work ahead of him and gets encouragement along the way. "As people tell me, don't worry, the only thing you can do from here is get better..."