|Carlos Sastre during this years Tour de France. (© Cyclingheroes)
After seven years with the team 33 year old Carlos Sastre is moving on to new challenges at the end of this season.
Sastre has been one of the most prominent profiles in the big stage races for a number of seasons culminating with his victory
this year in the greatest of them all: Tour de France.
The Tour victory was the most important triumph in the history
of CSC - Saxo Bank and it is with great mutual respect and understanding that Sastre now announces his transfer to the newly
formed Cervélo Test Team from next season.
"I've had seven unforgettable years with this team and together we've shared
some fantastic moments. Everything must come to an end and I'm now looking to find new motivation and opportunities with a
brand new team. I would like to take this opportunity to say a deep-felt thank you to Bjarne Riis and everyone, who has been
a part of the family, which Team CSC Saxo Bank has been for me," says Sastre.
"Of course I would have liked to keep
Carlos on the team, but I respect his decision to reach for new goals with a new team. His victory this year was a mile-stone
for us and the greatest possible result of our work together. He's been a fantastic rider to have on the team and we wish
him all the success and happiness in the world. And after all it's not entirely over yet – I'm hoping he'll be able
to finish off this season with a great result in the Vuelta," says Bjarne Riis.
Cervélo is happy with its new signing. "We are very proud and pleased to confirm that Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre
has signed to ride for Cervélo TestTeam"” said Gerard Vroomen, co-founder of Cervélo.
"Carlos was the first rider who signed for our new team," said Vroomen. "With his incredible kindness as well as his hardworking
& determined character, we consider Carlos to be the ideal man to embody the attitude and spirit of our new Team. We at
Cervélo, as well as our partners at Zipp, Speedplay, Vittoria and 3T, have long considered him a friend, so we are ecstatic
that he is willing to support this pioneering venture. This is a new and unconventional format, but, to his credit, he instantaneously
jumped on board and we are very appreciative of that. We are now in the process of building a great team around him and there
will be more exciting announcements in the near future," Vroomen concluded.