By Antonio J. Salmerón
Former Discovery Channel climber Manuel Beltrán, who will ride in the bright green of Liquigas next season, is optimistic for a successful 2007 with the Italian squad. "They have great objectives for me in 2007, I will have the opportunity to compete in the Vuelta for the eleventh time as well as in the Tour, but I prefer to compete in the Giro," the Spaniard said.
Beltrán also thanked Discovery Channel for allowing him to move to Liquigas after three successful seasons as a domestique for Lance Armstrong.
At 36 years of age, Beltrán hopes to achieve good results in 2007, despite not claiming a professional victory since riding for the Banesto squad in 1999. Recently, Beltrán has taken part in his first training camp for Liquigas, "in which I have had the opportunity to know my new team-mates, and it has been a positive experience," he concluded.