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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 August 2006, 19:06 GMT 20:06 UK
CSC's Sastre leads Tour of Spain
Carlos Sastre
Spaniard Sastre finished fourth in the 2006 Tour de France
Danish squad CSC won the first stage of the Tour of Spain, a team time trial through the streets of Malaga on Saturday afternoon.

Spaniard Carlos Sastre crossed the line in first place for the team and so becomes the early race leader.

Spanish team Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears was second in the short opening stage, with German squad Milram third.

Sastre, who finished second in last year's Vuelta, said: "The team was very focused for this stage and so was I."

Sastre is CSC's provisional team leader in the absence of Tour of Italy winner Ivan Basso, who has been suspended by CSC over his alleged implication in an ongoing doping affair in Spain.


Stage One results:

1. CSC 7min 36sec
2. Caisse d'Epargne + 7 secs
3. Milram +8
4. Discovery Channel +9
5. T-Mobile +11
6. Astana +12
7. Saunier Duval +13
8. Credit Agricole same time
9. Liquigas same time
10. Quick Step +15
11. Euskaltel +18
12. Rabobank same time
13. Gerolsteiner +19
14. Lampre +21
15. Bouygues Telecom +24

General classification:

1. Carlos Sastre (ESP) CSC 7:36
2. Lars Bak (DEN) s.t.
3. Nicki Sorensen (DEN) s.t.
4. Marcus Ljungqvist (SWE) s.t.
5. Stuart O'Grady (AUS) s.t.
6. Inigo Cuesta (ESP) s.t.
7. Volodymir Gustov (UKR) s.t.
8. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (NOR) s.t.
9. Fabian Cancellara (SUI) + 4 secs
10. Jose Garcia Acosta (ESP) +7



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