|Cycling World Championship 2007|
|Date of birth||May 28, 1971|
|Driver type||Mountain riders|
|Most important successes|
|Last updated: April 5, 2010|
Beltrán, known as a good climber, became a professional at Mapei in 1995 . He celebrated his only victories in 1999 at the Tour of Catalonia , where he won a mountain time trial and the overall classification. Since 2003 he rode after a short episode with Jan Ullrich for Team Coast in the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team (since 2005 Discovery Channel ) and was considered one of Lance Armstrong's important mountain helpers .
At the Vuelta a España , Beltrán made it into the top 10 of the overall standings three times in a row. His best result in 2003 was a sixth place. He rode the best Tour de France in 2000 when he finished eleventh. His nickname Triki comes from his preference for crumbly cakes: his Spanish colleagues gave him the nickname because the cookie monster on Sesame Street in Spain is called Triki .
At the Tour de France 2007 he finished 18th in the final classification, the Vuelta a España 2007 he finished 9th. At the 2007 World Cycling Championships in Stuttgart, Manuel Beltrán reached 49th place in a large field of simultaneously rated riders.
In 2005, B samples from the Tour de France from 1998 and 1999 were examined for EPO using a refined procedure for research purposes ; the samples were anonymized. Damien Ressiot from the newspaper L'Équipe was able to assign them to people. Accordingly, Manuel Beltrán was also doped with EPO. A sanction was not possible in retrospect. The doping allegation was confirmed in an investigation report by the Anti-Doping Commission of the French Senate in July 2013.
At the Tour de France 2008 , Beltrán's doping test taken before the first stage again showed elevated EPO values. Before the opening of the B sample, the management of the Liquigas team withdrew him from the Tour de France. Beltrán was the first doping case to be held in 2008. He was banned for two years.
- Manuel Beltrán in the Radsportseiten.net database
- sueddeutsche.de from May 17, 2010: Spanier Beltran tested positive
- Also Pantani, Heppner, Cipollini and Jalabert on the EPO list - Ullrich and Zabel doped on the 1998 tour. Report on spox.com, July 24, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
- spiegel.de of July 11, 2008: Tour driver Beltrán tested positive
- Beltran also blocked kicker.de November 25, 2008
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Beltrán Martínez, Manuel (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Spanish cyclist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 28, 1971|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Jaén|