Tour favourite Sastre unexpectedly heads to nationals

Spaniard Carlos Sastre has decided in the final moments to compete his country time trial national...

Spaniard Carlos Sastre has decided in the final moments to compete his country time trial national championships. The 33 year-old of Team CSC-Saxo Bank seeks to verify his form coming off the Dauphiné Libéré prior to fighting for the Tour de France title.

The 27.7-kilometre race takes place tomorrow in Talavera de la Reina.

"After the Dauphiné Libéré, I have been training with intensity on time trial bike and I want to verify the results of this training," Sastre confirmed in an official press release. He added the test will allow him to compare himself to the other "specialists."

Sastre finished 65th in the 31-kilometre time trial at the Dauphiné Libéré.

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