Tour de France: CSC’s Strategy

Carlos Sastre

Carlos Sastre

Swiss team CSC came to the Tour de France with a plan: Carlos Sastre must win. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Pyrenees. Sastre’s teammate Frank Schleck got in a breakaway on the brutal climb to Hautacam and finished third. That moved Schleck into second place overall, just one second behind yellow-jersey holder Cadel Evans. Sastre is more than a minute back. Schleck is CSC’s wild card, so how is he beating his own team leader? Should CSC change the plan and put Schleck in yellow?

Frank Schleck

Frank Schleck

Sastre must be aggressive when the Tour hits the Alps on Sunday. He’s got to move ahead of rivals and his own teammate to show he is worthy of winning the Tour.

One strategy is another train wreck like the one Jens Voigt drove in stage ten. Voigt rode hard and blew up the peloton leaving behind Spanish Champion Alejandro Valverde. If CSC repeats that performance, drops the big guns and slingshots Sastre and Schleck up the road, CSC could have a one-two place at the top of the general classification. Now, that would be tough for anyone to beat.

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