Discovery Channel's Manuel Beltran finished 7th yesterday, 42" back and starts the second-last day in the mountains today in sixth place overall, 5'34 off the maillot oro.
"The next two stages are difficult," he told Cyclingnews at today's stage start in the seafront town of Adra, west of Almeria. "I know I am going well but I think it is a question of matching the riders with the very good form. I hope to stay with them."
"I think it is a nice objective to aim for the top ten [in Madrid]. Now it is day to day, see how it works out."