Ex Tour de France champion Sastre retires

Madrid: Spaniard Carlos Sastre, a surprise Tour de France champion in 2008, announced his retirement at the age of 36.

The GEOX-TMC rider told a news conference at a Madrid hotel he had made the decision last year.

"The time has come to bring this cycle to a close," he said. "Next year I will start a new phase, although I do not yet know what I will do."

Sastre built his 2008 Tour triumph on the ascent of the Alpe d`Huez and was seen as someone who thrived on his typical status as an underdog.

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