Sastre's saucy ride.

Folks have camped at L'Alpe d'Huez a week earlier to get the best spots. Carlos Sastre alone on his way to the famous victory!

Carlos Sastre did something approaching fantastic on Stage 17's La Tappa Reina (the Queen stage of the Tour). In his eighth Tour de France he finally wears his first Maillot Jaune. Nothing short but uplifting, literally! This is the toughest stage of the race with brutish climbs of the; Galibier, Croix de Fer and the menacing  L'Alpe d'Huez with it's 21 hairpins. With his great win, Sastre places the pressure on Cadel Evans to pull a do or die time trial this Saturday. And Sastre gets his name on one of the famous corners of L'Alpe d'Huez joining the ranks of famous conquering riders. He deserves it especially winning by a giant 2 minutes. Team CSC-Saxon did everything to control the  pace by putting the pedal to the medal  by keeping the tempo extremely high.  Now, I can't help but think that there may be other surprises in store...

Wicked and wonderful. L'Alpe d'Huez.