July 22, 2004
Heras drops out before Stage 17
Liberty Seguros leader Roberto Heras, who many saw as a race favorite with the preponderance of climbs in the last week of the Tour, didn't take the sign-in this morning.
"We haven't been able to get him back to full fitness," said team chief Manolo Saiz before the stage start.
"We've had to take a decision that isn't to our liking, but we're professionals and life must go on."
Alessandro Bertolini of Alessio-Bianchi also didn't take the sign-in, and Laurent Lefevre of Brioches La Boulangere signed in but didn't start the race.
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Tracked on Jul 22, 2004 8:46:51 AM
Liggett's best comment this year so far, as the camera drifts acorss a group of riders and centers on Heras:
"There's Roberto Heras, the little boy in the blue jersey."
Posted by: Jason O. at Jul 22, 2004 10:33:38 AM
Such a fate awaits those who leave USPS for "greener pastures."
Sorry, Floyd, but you will be bailing next year, too.
Posted by: Commodity rider at Jul 22, 2004 3:50:43 PM
Man, I missed this earlier today somehow. I just find it depressing... plus Roberto has those big sad eyes! There is definitely something to be said for karma, the way things are going this year.
Posted by: lancefan at Jul 22, 2004 3:52:33 PM