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2008 Tour winner talks racing, bikes, and chocolate

We've just been to the Cervelo Test Team team launch to film interviews with star riders Carlos Sastre, Thor Hushovd, and British Olympic medallist Emma Pooley, plus Cervelo co-founder Gerard Vroomen – the man behind the bikes. 

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Today we talk to Carlos Sastre, and he tells us about the reasons for his move from CSC, what he thinks of his new bike, and how his new team will be able to support both himself and Thor Hushovd as they race for the yellow and green jerseys respectively at this year's Tour. What was clear from our time with Carlos and his team is that he is massively respected by his team mates. He's the consummate pro – ours was the last interview of the day and he found time to do it twice, when our camera battery packed up at the start of our first attempt… Thanks Carlos!

So sorry it's a bit dark – we shot this in the only quiet place we could find at eight o'clock at night in a hotel full of Germans, bike journos, pro cyclists and piped Phil Collins – outside on the hotel verandah.

On Friday Gerard Vroomen talks bikes and among other things tells us why some Cervelo Test Team riders will be riding aluminium bikes this year. On Monday Thor Hushovd gives us his views on Mark Cavendish, the sprint scene, and the Tour green jersey. Then next Wednesday Emma Pooley talks team set-up, bike set-up, and why she thinks Britain has produced so many top class women riders.

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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