Carlos Sastre doubtful for Tour de France due to back injury

Herniated disc could see 2008 champ sidelined

Spanish cyclist Carlos Sastre, the winner of the 2008 Tour de France, is in doubt for this year's race because of a back injury sustained at the Giro d'Italia, his press service said on Wednesday.

The results of MRI scans carried out on the 35-year-old revealed he picked up a herniated disc after falling twice at the Giro.

"This injury could well condition whether he participates in the coming Tour de France or not," read a statement issued on his behalf.

Sastre, who finished the Giro in eighth place overall behind champion Ivan Basso, said he will not take part in the July 3-25 Tour de France if he is not fully fit.

"What I do know right now is that, in theory, I have time to recover to ride in the Tour, but I don't want to obsess about participating in it," the Cervelo rider said in the statement.

"I don't plan to go if I'm going to feel burdened from day one. If I do end up competing in the race, it will be because I'm fully recovered."

Sastre is not currently scheduled to race any events, including the Spanish national championships on June 27.

© AFP 2010


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