Carlos Sastre has hit out at those riders in the Tour de France who want to control the actions of others in the race saying that “we’re turning cycling into a sport for spoilt brats”.

The Spanish 2008 Tour de France champion’s bold statement comes after Thursday’s stage 17 to the Col du Tourmalet. During the stage, race leader Alberto Contador (Astana) tried to persuade Sastre, 35, not to launch an attack whilst Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) recovered from a crash behind the bunch.

Sastre’s Cervelo team-mate Ignatas Konovalovas had already gone up the road to try and catch a seven-man escape group, and Sastre had committed to following him when Sanchez – currently third overall – crashed and winded himself.

“When I was starting [the attack], Alberto Contador came to tell me that there had been a fall behind. I answered him that all that seemed well and good, but at the time I had a team mate up in front,” wrote Sastre in his blog.

“They stopped and then when I reached the finish line they told me who had taken a fall”.

“Whoever wants to start debating or raising controversy about this matter can do so freely. I’ve fallen in this Tour, I fell in the Italian Giro, I’ve had technical problems and no one ever waited for me,” continued Sastre.

“I think we’re turning cycling into a sport for spoilt brats and that is what happens in these kinds of circumstances”.

In the event, Sastre’s effort to catch the break didn’t bear fruit, and he ploughed a lonely furrow, eventually getting caught before reaching the base of the Col du Tourmalet.  

Contador himself was at the sharp end of a lot of criticism earlier this week when he failed to wait for then race leader Andy Schleck when the Saxo Bank rider’s chain slipped off on the final climb of stage 15. Contador, Sanchez and Denis Menchov appeared to ignore Schleck’s problems and sped off up the mountain. When Schleck sorted out his chain, he could not catch the trio and lost valuable time.

The controversial move gave Contador the race lead, but he was booed by spectators when on the podium receiving the yellow jersey after the stage and later made a video apology to Schleck for his perceived lapse in fair play.

At the end of Thursday’s stage 17, Contador held back and did not attack Schleck during the stage’s finale. The Luxembourger took his second stage win of the 2010 Tour.

Sastre currently sits in 21st place overall, 25’50″ adrift of race leader Contador. The 2010 Tour de France concludes in Paris on Sunday, July 25.

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  • Mauhum

    In formula 1 when a driver crashes or punctures, do the other drivers wait until he gets another car? When Paula Radcliffe stopped for a pee, did the other marathon runners hang around until she finished? No of course not, that would be rediculous. The same should apply to cycling too, and I think Carlos is absolutely right to moan. So they slowed down because Sanchez was in 3rd place. What if he was in 4th place, 5th place, 10th place? I actually think this has been a great Tour. One of the best since 1989, full of drama and close racing, but this slowing the pace down allowing certain riders to catch up is taking the shine off it a little.

  • Hadyn Bosher @ 77in Thailand

    Sastre is right, it’s the worst Tour i’ve witnessed,&Mock just about sums it all up,also do away with race radios which are probably resposible for some of the crashes,loss of consentration etc. with a voice telling you what & what not to do., bike racing was not meant to be like this.It’s getting very boring,if you know ANYTHING about bike racing you know what the finish will be,after the first 30 mins of riding,Note. i didn’t say RACING!!!

  • Bin

    Good call Carlos. So true.

  • Brian

    Carlos Sastre = a true sportman
    Long life Carlos!

  • borderfox

    carlos is right if these premadonnas want to have cotton wool style racing then maybe they should all race on turbos n not on the road, lets hope they get real n stop going down the route of footballers what next the wrong type of tar on the road?

  • MOCK

    I am a big fan of Saxo and of Andy. However, I tend to agree with Carlos in his assessment. I enjoy this sport because these are some of the toughest, most daring men in the world – willing to lay their skin on the line in order to win or help their team win. So when the whining happens that so-and-so didn’t wait for so-and-so when his chain fell off/tire went flat/he fell and scoured his skin off of his body, I am reminded more of children arguing over who got the biggest portion of pudding than of a world class bike race.

  • Ryan Chung

    spaniard vs spaniard

    i think AC wants to slow down the tempo so denis menchov wouldnt gain from this…..at the end of today, menchov is just 20sec back of Samuel Sanchez for 3rd place

    menchov is the superior TT between him and SS…..so my bet will be menchov #3 in paris, behind AC and AS