By Monika Prell
Manuel Beltrán aims to ride the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España next year. The 36 year-old Spaniard of Team Liquigas noted to as.com that he is uncertain of his complete 2008 programme, but that the two Grand Tours would be the main focus.
"I still don't know what will be the objectives for the next season, but it's for sure that my principal wish is to ride the Vuelta a España and the Tour de France. These are two great races, I still feel very great [riding them]," noted Beltrán. This year, he finished ninth in the Vuelta and was second on stage 15 from Villacarillo to Granada, only beaten by Samuel Sánchez.
Liquigas will have two training camps in the off-season. The first one is from November 25 to 30, at an Italian health resort, where the intention will be to relax and be fitted for new team equipment. The second one is from December 10 to 22 in Spain.
"I will know my schedule of the season in the first days of January, even if the first competitions of the year [come soon] in Australia and South Africa," concluded Beltrán.