CSC riders make Sastre their captain

With Ivan Basso prevented from starting the Tour, CSC team boss Bjarne Riis turns to the dependable

With Ivan Basso prevented from starting the Tour, CSC team boss Bjarne Riis turns to the dependable

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Following Ivan Basso's departure from the Tour, Team CSC had to come up with a Plan B in a hurry, and after a meeting on Sunday between the sports directors and riders the team has decided to make Carlos Sastre their new man for the overall, writes Susanne Horsdal.

"It is in fact the riders who have encouraged him to take on the role of captain. He just has to get used to the thought because he, like everyone else in the team, came to the Tour with the objective to help Ivan. But I'm certain something very positive can come out of this plan B," Bjarne Riis tells Danish
newspaper Politiken.

The 31-year-old Sastre, who is a regular procycling columnist and is riding his sixth Tour de France, has finished in the top ten four times and won a stage in 2003. Last year the Spaniard finished second in the Vuelta a Espana. Sastre will now be the protected rider but the new situation in the Danish team also means that riders such as Stuart O'Grady and Jens Voigt will be given green light to pursue other objectives.

"It's obvious that we'll now be riding much more aggressively in the first part of the race," says Riis.

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