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July 18, 2004

Gonzalez win Spain's 100th Tour win ever

Eurosport | Gonzalez stops Spanish shutout

Aitor Gonzalez took his first Tour stage win on Sunday, giving Spain 100 all-time wins in the Tour. Gonzalez himself completed a cycling triple crown, joining the group of riders with wins in the 3 Grand Tours: the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, and the Vuelta a Espana.

Gonzalez won the Vuelta in 2002 while riding with Kelme, but hadn't done much since joining Fassa Bortolo.

"I managed to win one-week races and then a three-week race. When you've won a race like the Vuelta, it's difficult to convince yourself that you should now reconsider your ambitions and go for one-day races."

"But I will think about my future after the Tour," said Gonzalez, who is far from certain to retain his place with Fassa Bortolo next season.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 18, 2004 in Aitor Gonzalez, Tour news | Permalink

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