Manuel Beltrán

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Manuel Beltrán
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Personal information
Full name Manuel Beltrán Martinez
Nickname Triki, The Cookie Monster
Born (1971-05-28) May 28, 1971 (age 44)
Jaén, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 60 kg (130 lb)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
1995–1996 Mapei
1997–1999 Banesto
2000–2001 Mapei
2002–2003 Team Coast
2003–2006 Discovery Channel
2007-2008 Liquigas
Major wins
Volta a Catalunya (1999)
Infobox last updated on
28 January 2009

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.

Beltrán tested positive for EPO after the first stage of the 2008 Tour de France, according to L'Equipe July 11, 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, Beltrán 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 in 24 July 2013 that were collected during the 1998 Tour de France and found positive for EPO when retested in 2004.[5] Later named in evidence in the 2012 USADA report to have done a blood tranfusion apart of the U.S Postal team during the 2004 Tour de France.


Volta a Lleida
1999 - Banesto
Volta a Catalunya
1st, Overall
2000 - Mapei
Volta a Catalunya
3rd, Overall
2003 - US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
Tour de France
1st, Stage 4, Team Time Trial
Vuelta a España
6th, Overall
2004 - US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
Tour de France
1st, Stage 4, Team Time Trial
Vuelta a España
1st, Stage 1, Team Time Trial
19th, Overall
2005 - Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
Tour de France
1st, Stage 4, Team Time Trial
2006 - Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
Vuelta a España
9th, Overall
2007 - Liquigas
Tour of the Basque Country 2007 stage 2

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