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Carlos Sastre to refine form in the Basque country

Carlos Sastre at the Tour of California

Carlos Sastre at the Tour of California (Image credit: Wil Matthews)

Carlos Sastre will compete in the upcoming Vuelta al País Vasco and intends to draw important conclusions regarding his preparation for the Giro d'Italia.

"It's my last stage race test before the Giro and I hope to assess the quality of my training. Each passing day I'm feeling better," said Sastre.

True to his custom, especially in recent years, the Tour de France's defending champion has started the season slowly, knowing that the peaks in form must match his objectives. This year Sastre has three goals: the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and world championships.

"Vuelta al País Vasco is like a concentrated Giro." said Sastre, who's attention is drawn to the first and penultimate stages.

Concerning the Vuelta al País Vasco, Sastre commented that he "expects to do well and hopes to reach the end in the best condition."

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.