June 16, 2004
Beloki out of Tour and Brioches
Joseba Beloki and his team, Brioches La Boulangère, have parted ways “by mutual consent.”
Beloki joined the squad after last year's terrible fall on the Tour's ninth stage, with high hopes of a high placing in this year's Tour. His conditioning never seemed to come this season, and his problems with the team deepened when Beloki complained that team doctors wouldn't let him use Pulmicort, a banned asthma medication he says he has used since childhood, despite a prescription and permission from his former team, ONCE, and the Spanish cycling federation.
A couple of weeks ago, the team's sponsor announced that they would pull out of the sport rather than pick up the extra costs associated with 2005's UCI ProTour, and Beloki found out through the press, further complicating the relationship.
Beloki was 3rd in the Tour in 2000 and 2001, and 2nd in 2002, before last year's crash, which occurred with him in 2nd overall, 40 seconds behind Lance Armstrong.
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How sad - what a shame. I was looking forward to seeing what he could do and hoping he'd mount a great comeback after last year's tragedy.
Posted by: Noelle at Jun 16, 2004 10:50:59 AM
Thanks for the update. It's almost impossible to find any real news about Beloki and Google led me to this blog.
What's his form been like this year? Is he showing his former prowess or is he struggling? Hopefully he hook up with a good team and he'll be back next year. Such a shame what happened to him.
Posted by: fb at Jun 25, 2004 1:16:27 AM
Posted by: Hugo at Jun 26, 2004 9:00:00 PM