Beloki "close to Heras"

Joseba Beloki is back on the roads of the Tour de France, two years after his fatal fall down the slopes of the Col de la Rochette, which immediately shattered the hopes of the second-placed at the time. Since then, the three times podium-finisher has not been able to get back to that same level. The accident still haunts him, he told Spanish newspaper Marca.

"The crash is still on my mind because it has left a mark in my life," he said. "Every day, comments or images of that day return. I need to clean my slate because after three podiums at the Tour I don't want to be remembered for that crash."

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