With Sastre's blowup with Saxo Bank and Riis, they would not allow him even the slightest distance if he were to attack. We saw where in this year's Tour that Saxo was the first to reel Sastre in when he tried to escape. The bitterness that exists makes Sastre's chances for success, even a stage win, quite remote. He likely realizes that Cervelo hasn't the firepower to battle with Shack, Saxo and not to mention Liquigas in the Tour. He's being realistic like many a rider should and pursuing obtainable goals. As mentioned earlier, Evans would be wise to do the same but his recent success in the WCRR has him on a high that likely is skewing his perspective on his actual chances. As world champion he should make an appearance at the Tour but if his goal is to win a grand tour his energies are better spent following Sastre and Menchov's lead and seriously considering focusing on the Giro and Vuelta.