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December 17, 2003

Vuelta '04 route announced

    Commentary:
  • 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:

    "This will be one of the most mountainous tours of the last 25 years," promised organising chief Enrique Franco who will step down from his position at the end of the year.

  • 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

Posted by Frank Steele on December 17, 2003 in Tour news | Permalink

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