Sastre stays with CSC

Team CSC has extended the contract with Spanish stage race specialist Carlos Sastre. 30 year-old Sastre put his mark on this year's Vuelta a España with an impressive third place, and he was also a very important part of the team which helped Ivan Basso to his second place in the Tour de France 2005.

"Carlos and I have had a good dialogue about the new contract, and I truly feel he belongs with us," Bjarne Riis said about the deal, which runs for another year at least. "Carlos is a world class rider and tremendously important to our team. I'm very happy that we've now succeeded in sealing this deal. There's no doubt, Carlos is an attractive rider to a number of teams, and it means a lot to me that he decided to stay with us in the end. Here he has the opportunity to make some results of his own as well as playing a major part in the mountains during the Tour.

"The new contract is for one year, but I'm not saying we won't extend even further, when we've made the final decisions regarding the team for next season," Riis added.

"I chose to stay with Bjarne and Team CSC because I feel so strongly about this team," Sastre commented his decision. "Bjarne and I met in Madrid and really managed to talk everything through in a positive way, and afterwards the decision was easy. I have everything on this team - especially a lot of good friends, whom I wouldn't want to be without. I've achieved a lot in my career, and I think, I'll get even further."

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