Manuel Beltrán

Manuel Beltrán Martinez (born 28 May 1971) is a former professional road bicycle racer from Spain. His finishes in the Tour de France are somewhat misleading as he was a lieutenant for his team leader. He was the team leader for numerous Vuelta a España rides and performed well.

Manuel Beltrán
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Personal information
Full nameManuel Beltrán Martinez
NicknameTriki, The Cookie Monster
Born (1971-05-28) 28 May 1971 (age 48)
Jaén, Spain
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb; 9 st 6 lb)
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimbing specialist
Professional team(s)
1995–1996Mapei
1997–1999Banesto
2000–2001Mapei
2002–2003Team Coast
2003–2006Discovery Channel
2007–2008Liquigas
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
3 TTT stages (2003, 2004, 2005)
Vuelta a España
1 TTT stage (2004)

Stage races

Volta a Catalunya (1999)

Beltrán tested positive for EPO after the first stage of the 2008 Tour de France, according to L'Equipe 11 July 2008. The same date as the news broke, a spokesman for his team Liquigas said he would be suspended from the team and thrown out of that year's tour.[1] It was later confirmed that his B-sample also tested positive.[2]

Beltrán was suspended for two years.[3] In 2010, he had to pay his former team 100.000 euros because of his positive doping test in the Tour de France.[4]

His name was also on the list of doping tests published by the French Senate on 24 July 2013 that were collected during the 1998 Tour de France and found positive for EPO when retested in 2004.[5]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1996
10th Overall Tour de Romandie
1997
4th Overall Vuelta a Aragon
8th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
10th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
10th Overall Vuelta a Murcia
1998
5th Overall Vuelta a Aragon
6th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
7th Overall Vuelta a Asturias
10th Overall Vuelta a Murcia
1999
1st   Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 7 (ITT)
4th Overall Vuelta a Asturias
5th Overall Euskal Bizikleta
7th Overall Vuelta a España
10th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2000
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya
6th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2001
3rd Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
3rd Overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
5th Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
8th Overall Tour de Suisse
2002
2nd Memorial Manuel Galera
3rd Overall Escalada a Montjuich
5th Japan Cup
9th Overall Vuelta a España
9th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2003
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
3rd Overall Vuelta a Aragon
6th Overall Vuelta a España
2004
Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
Held   after Stages 5–7
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
10th La Flèche Wallonne
10th Klasika Primavera
2005
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
6th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
8th Overall Tour de Romandie
2006
4th Overall Tour de l'Ain
9th Overall Vuelta a España
10th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2007
1st Stage 2 Tour of the Basque Country
8th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
9th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
9th Overall Vuelta a España

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Giro d'Italia 28 DNF 52 22
Tour de France 14 DNF DNF 11 14 46 DNF 17 DNF
Vuelta a España 13 7 DNF 19 9 6 13 DNF 9 9
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Doping agency: Beltran positive for EPO". google.com. AP. Retrieved 2008-07-11.[dead link]
  2. ^ "A source says Manuel Beltran's B-sample from the Tour de France contains EPO". google.com. VeloNews. Archived from the original on 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "French Senate releases positive EPO cases from 1998 Tour de France".

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