Sastre begins his masochist journey

Carlos Sastre, Tour de France 2009, stage 20

Spain's Carlos Sastre is on the way to complete three Grand Tours, 10,500 kilometres, this season. He began the final leg of his journey this weekend at the Vuelta a España in Sevilla, Spain.

"The normal things do not motivate me," Sastre told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I am a bit masochist."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.