December 17, 2003
Vuelta '04 route announced
- From VeloNews:
"The climbing time trial is more like a mountain stage than a time trial," said U.S. Postal Service director Johan Bruyneel. "It equals things out for the climbing specialists against the time-trial riders. At first glance, this Vuelta is definitely one for climbers." ... The big question, however, was which of the major Spanish stars will be focusing solely on the Vuelta? With Lance Armstrong looking more vulnerable than ever, riders like Mayo, Beloki and 2002 Vuelta champion Aitor Gonzalez were all looking ahead to July, not September, as the most important date on the calendar.
- From Yahoo! Sport:
- From cyclingnews.com Wednesday and Thursday:
[Defending Vuelta winner] Roberto Heras (Liberty Seguros in 2004) -- "With this parcours, which includes seven mountaintop finishes and four time trials, nobody will be able to relax. The climbers will have an advantage with the time trial up the Sierra Nevada, but overall it will be a hard Vuelta and very demanding."
- Very detailed rundown by The Daily Peloton
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