By Antonio J. Salmerón
The Spanish Liquigas climber, Manuel Beltrán, will confront the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España in 2008. Since his debut in the professional cycling in 1995, the 36 year-old Beltrán has competed twenty-three times amongst the Tour, Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta. His best performance in this last Spanish race was in 2003, when he finished in sixth place, whereas in 1999 was seventh.
Beltrán has also taken part in eight Tour de France editions, and his best ranking was in 2000 – eleventh overall. He achieved fourteenth in 1997, while in 2007 he was eighteenth. Furthermore, he has only competed four times in the Giro.