Carlos Sastre (Geox-TMC) is impressed with what he saw after inspecting some of the key climbing stages of the 2011 Giro d’Italia over the weekend in northern Italy.
The 2008 Tour de France champion said the Giro is going to be “impressive.”
“I don’t think I have ever seen stages so long, so hard and so spectacular in all my many years as a pro,” Sastre said after returning to Spain. “We had wanted to test equipment and material that we’re going to use during the stages and we wanted to see just how hard and epic this Giro is going to be.”
Sastre has already said he will go to the Giro to help Geox-TMC teammate Denis Menchov without discounting his own chances. Sastre has finished on the podium at the Vuelta a España in addition to winning the Tour, and still would like to reach the final podium at the Giro to round out his already impressive record in grand tours.
Sastre has raced 23 grand tours during his career, including 10 Tours, eight Vueltas and five Giros. Sastre has only abandoned one of those and won five stages along the way. His consistency has paid off with 15 top-10 placings during his career, something that he says should help during the upcoming Giro.
“It’s going to be a Giro that’s going to be decided by a quantity of things,” Sastre said. “I believe more than anything it will depend on how lucky you are, how much strength you have, how you choose to race and feed yourself. There will be so many things that will influence the outcome — it’s going to be an impressive Giro.”