Carlos Sastre

Tour de France 2008

Carlos Sastre Candil ( born April 22, 1975 in Leganés, Madrid ) is a former Spanish cyclist.

His greatest achievement was winning the Tour de France 2008. Reach Furthermore him a third (2006) and a fourth place (2007) at the Tour de France and two second (2005 and 2007) and a fourth place (2006) at the Vuelta a España. Overall, he reached 15 top ten placings in the three major country tours.


Sastre grew up with his siblings in the central Spanish Ávila. After the son of the city Ángel Arroyo in 1982 temporarily resulted in the overall standings in the bicycle race Vuelta a España, founded Sastres Father Víctor Ávila, the Escuela de ciclismo de El Barraco (about: cycling school of El Barraco, a community of Ávila ), and Carlos Sastre began eight years with the cycling.

Sastre began his professional career in 1997 with the team ONCE (from 1998: ONCE German bank, from 2001: ONCE - Eroski Würth ), in which he remained until 2001. From 2002 to 2009 he rode for the Danish team CSC ( CSC- Tiscali team first; 2003-2008 Team CSC, from 2008: Team CSC- Saxo Bank).

The good lap riders and mountain specialist Sastre won the 13th stage in 2003 with a severe Pyrenees stage of Tour de France; 2001 he was a stage winner at the Tour of Burgos and in 2000 he won the mountain jersey of the Vuelta a España. Several times he has ranked in the top 10 both in this tour as well in the Tour de France. In the Vuelta a España 2005, he reached the second place behind Denis Menshov after the initial winner Roberto Heras was excluded because of doping.

In the 2006 Tour was Sastre finished third overall after Floyd Landis was stripped for doping the victory. Sastre was temporarily in second place in the penultimate stage he was eventually displaced by Andreas Klöden (Team T-Mobile) from second place in the time trial. In the 2007 Tour de France Sastre achieved in the overall standings to fourth place in the Vuelta a España in the same year again to second place.

In the 2008 Tour Sastre won the 17th stage, the " queen stage " when he in individual motion of the breaking out of the total field ( Peloton ) succeeded on the legendary climb to L' Alpe d' Huez. This he achieved at the same time 1:24 minutes ahead of the yellow jersey of the overall leader. He could wear the yellow jersey on the remaining four stages ( including a time trial ) defend and thus was the overall winner of the race.

2009 and 2010 drove Sastre for the Cervélo TestTeam, at whose construction he was involved as a driver.

After the end of the 2011 season Sastre stepped back from active racing.


Sastre lives in Madrid and is Piedi, the sister of the late cyclist José María Jiménez, married. The couple has a son and a daughter. When greeting its about one year old daughter and as a team thanks to family, friends and general Sastre stuck at the finish line to his victory in the 2003 Tour de France one of her pacifier in her mouth. The story made ​​headlines and has been repeatedly taken up by the media, especially in connection with Sastres later Tour-de -France appearances.

Key Achievements

  • Mountain stage Vuelta a España
  • A stage Burgos Tour
  • A stage of the Tour de France
  • A stage Escalada a Montjuic
  • Winner Klasika Primavera
  • A stage of the Giro d' Italia ( team time trial )
  • A stage in the Vuelta a España ( team time trial )
  • A stage and Appreciation Tour de France
  • Two stages of the Giro d' Italia

Placement in the Grand Tours