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) 28 May 1971 (age 47)
Jaén, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 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)

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 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 achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

1996 - Mapei-GB
10th Overall Tour de Romandie
1997 - Banesto
4th Overall Vuelta a Aragon
1998 - Banesto
5th Overall Vuelta a Aragon
13th Overall Vuelta a España
1999 - Banesto
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Volta a Catalunya
Stage 7 (ITT)
7th Overall Vuelta a España
2000 - Mapei-Quick Step
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya
11th Overall Tour de France
2001 - Mapei-Quick Step
8th Overall Tour de Suisse
2002 - Team Coast
9th Overall Vuelta a España
10th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2003 - US Postal
Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
3rd Overall Vuelta a Aragon
6th Overall Vuelta a España
2004 - US Postal
Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
13th Overall Vuelta a España
Stage 1 (TTT)
2005 - Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
6th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
8th Overall Tour de Romandie
2006 - Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
9th Overall Vuelta a España
10th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2007 - Liquigas
Stage 2 Tour of the Basque Country
8th Overall Criterium du Dauphine Libere
9th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
9th Overall Vuelta a España

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

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
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Doping agency: Beltran positive for EPO". AP. Retrieved 2008-07-11.[dead link]
  2. ^ "A source says Manuel Beltran's B-sample from the Tour de France contains EPO". 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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