Carlos Sastre: Unsung Hero

Carlos Sastre has thought long and hard about last year’s disappointing defence of his Tour de France title. At the Giro d’Italia he took two mountain stage wins and fourth overall, later revised to third with Danilo Di Luca’s exclusion for doping. The veteran Spanish rider looked ready to give a spirited ride at the Tour. But it never happened. He finished 17th. He was off the pace, never in contention.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).