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Manuel Beltran is going to win the Vuelta(4 posts)

Manuel Beltran is going to win the VueltaBAi9302010
Sep 7, 2003 11:41 AM
He's by far the best climber in the Vuelta as he showed in the tdf and there's no way Galdeano, Gonzalez, etc. can stay with him in the mountains. Also, for once he might not have to work for someone in a grand tour. With Heras behind him in the gc it looks like he might be working for Beltran instead of the other way around.
wait a ticQUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Sep 7, 2003 2:20 PM
Heras and Beltran are on the same time, i think 11 sec. down on Igor. Heras can climb better than Beltran, if on form, at the TdF, Heras had bronchitus. Beltran can't TT either, Heras a little better. Igor can TT exceptionally well, and is able to do the same damage as heras or beltran could do on a mountain finish. Another thing is postal has one team leader, Roberto Heras, unless something happens to him
and Paris-Tours, too...mohair_chair
Sep 7, 2003 6:24 PM
Yeah, he's ahead of Heras on GC with a massive time gap of zero seconds. Zero whole seconds. It's hard to imagine Heras making that up, but maybe Heras will go so fast that he'll go back in time and take the lead.

Beltran is just training for Paris-Tours anyway. Ever since Virenque won it, every climber thinks they have a shot....
and Paris-Tours, too...atpjunkie
Sep 8, 2003 3:52 PM
Beltran's a worse TTer than Roberto. Heras is going to have to put some serious time to protect as there is a long TT that doesn't suit him. He lost 3 minutes in the final TT last year (and the overall). The uphill TT at the end is his only saving grace. Beltran doesn't stand a chance for GC plus that isn't his job and this is a TEAM sport. Unless Roberto gets hurt he's the man.