Carlos Sastre: A race against time

"For me, it's been a really hard race; every day, it's been full gas. Sometimes, it's been a race without control - nobody wants to control the race, because many riders are racing the Tour de France, and these riders are racing with the Tour [in mind]. And when you're not in the best condition, it's really difficult just to follow the group, y'know."

It's been a difficult year for CSC's Carlos Sastre. Not only was the Dauphiné Libéré a race without control for him, so too were the events that took place prior to that, which saw the 30 year-old break his elbow on the first stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco back in April, leaving him unable to ride at all for three weeks.

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