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Vuelta a Espana

Sastre likely Vuelta-bound

Carlos Sastre says there’s a “very high possibility” that he will start his third grand tour of the 2010 season

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Carlos Sastre says there’s a “very high possibility” that he will start his third grand tour of the 2010 season later this month at the Vuelta a España.

2010 Clásica San Sebastián, the podium
Sastre (r) got a big boost by finishing third at Clásica San Sebastián

Sastre was in a buoyant mood Saturday after earning a third-place podium spot in the Clásica San Sebastián and said his Cervélo team will make the final decision this week if the Vuelta is in the cards.

“There’s a very high possibility that I will race the Vuelta,” Sastre told VeloNews. “I have a special relationship with the Vuelta. The Vuelta is a beautiful race.”

Sastre said he came out of the Tour de France feeling stronger after he made the decision to start following two bad crashes at the Giro d’Italia that left him with a herniated disk. Sastre rode to eighth at the Giro and despite going on the attack several days in the climbing stages, settled into 20th at the Tour.

“I’ve had a complicated year with crashes, illnesses, I couldn’t be in the races like I wanted to be, especially in the Giro and the Tour, and now I’ve finally found this sweet flavor that things are going well,” Sastre continued. “When you have these sensations, you don’t want to let them go to waste. And the route this year is a good one for me.”

Sastre is one of the most durable riders in the pack, with steady consistency in grand tour racing. In one stretch in 2005-07, he started and finished five consecutive grand tours.

The 2008 Tour de France champion is a three-time Vuelta podium finisher, two times runner-up (2005, 2007) and one time third (2008).