Sastre Leaves Team CSC-Saxo Bank for Cervelo TestTeam
After seven years with Team CSC-Saxo Bank 33-year-old Carlos Sastre leaves Team CSC-Saxo Bank after the 2008 season to ride for the new team Cervélo TestTeam.
has Carlos Sastre, but he calls it quits and heads for Team Cervelo TestTeam. Some people might start to see a pattern here." Continuing his analysis Valentinsen added that "I see three possible reasons. Either Team CSC-Saxo Bank lacks the funding necessary to keep the major stars, or the team spirit may not be as great as both riders and staff is busy telling us, or, finally, perhaps Riis is too stingy and not willing to spend the money it takes to extend contracts with major stars. Lance Armstrong never left his team."
It could be that an era in cycling is coming to an end. Perhaps Team Saxo Bank will not be able to claim to be the best team in the world. As things look now the team will not have any major overall contenders for the three Grand Tours. They have the Schleck brothers who are still young and still need to gain experience and develop physically and they have Cancellara who is great when it comes to time trials and single day races, but so far lacks climbing ability. Can a team without a major Grand Tour star rightfully claim to be the world's best team?
Stay tuned to RoadCycling.com as we cover news about the evolving Team Cervelo TestTeam and the future of Team CSC-Saxo Bank.