Oakley’s Carlos Sastre Wins Professional Cyclists’s Association Race
Yesterday Oakley’s Carlos Sastre beat known Classic riders to win the ACP championship, held each year by the Spanish Professional Cyclists’ Association. The race took place in San Andres del Rabanedo in Leon.
At the end of a day’s racing, the 2008 Tour de France champion and the winner of two stages in the Giro this year came out best ahead of riders such as Olympic champ Samuel Sánchez, Alejandro Valverde and Luis León Sánchez, who were second through to fourth.
Sánchez won the points race ahead of Sastre and Valverde, but Cervélo Test Team riders Sastre made his big move in the elimination event with his particular style of using both his head and his legs. Biding his time and letting the others use up their strength early on, he chose his moment perfectly and rocketed clear.
The others were focussed on not being eliminated and, watching each other for those crucial sprints, Sastre could continue to build his lead. He hit the line well clear of Valverde and Sanchez, who finished third and second respectively behind him in the final overall standings.
Sastre won two stages and finished fourth overall in the Giro d’Italia earlier this season, but fatigue saw him perform below his usual level in the Tour de France. He placed seventeenth when he was aspiring to win. He took a long break after that race but is now building form prior to what he expects will be a strong 2010. Yesterday’s result will boost his morale as he continues to rack up the kilometers.