Your 2008 Tour de France winner, Carlos Sastre. He made the traditional magnanimous gesture of a Tour winner by distributing his prize money among his teammates. He also gave 10,000 Euros to a children’s hospital in Belgium shortly thereafter.
With the spate of lousy news and shady characters that all too often plague the sport, it’s nice to hear the “Good Guy” stories.
Before July, Sastre was perhaps better known for being a Grand Tour iron man – at one point finishing 5 consecutively. A pure climber, so-so time trailist and perennial high finisher but never a threat to the likes of Armstrong, Ullrich and Basso.
Well, to add to his Good Guy cred, His jersey sold for 15,000 Euros to support his charity for needy children. This guy gets it. None of the Ricco cockiness, not a whiff of controversy or doping noise. Just go out there and mash. His performance on Alpe d’Huez this year was awesome. I just hope he and his new Cervelo team can still be competitive when the Tour comes around again, with Astana likely back in the mix.