Sastre retires from professional cycling

Carlos Sastre

Former Tour de France winner, Carlos Sastre announced today that he will retire from cycling immediately. The Spaniard won the 2008 Tour and on Sunday, helped Geox-TMC team-mate, Juan José Cobo secure the overall Vuelta a España title.

"It's time to end this cycle," he said at a press conference, according to French newspaper L'Equipe. "Being alongside the winner of the Vuelta and winning team was the best conclusion to my career."

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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.