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Sastre added to Spanish Olympics squad

Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo Bank)

Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo Bank) (Image credit: AFP)

Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo Bank) has been added to the Spanish Olympic cycling team, the Spanish cycling federation announced Friday. National selector Paco Antequera, finalised the team for the Beijing Games road race. Sastre will join Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Oscar Freire (Rabobank), Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Alberto Contador (Astana), the winner of this year's Giro d'Italia and the 2007 Tour de France.

Sastre takes the place of Oscar Pereiro, who crashed out of the Tour on stage 15 and had to undergo surgery for a broken arm.

For the time trial, Spain will be represented by Sanchez and Contador. Quick Step's Carlos Barredo was named as a reserve to replace Freire, Valverde or Sastre, while Caisse d'Epargne's Ivan Gutierrez would stand in for Sanchez or Contador.

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