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July 22, 2004

Heras drops out before Stage 17

BBC Sport | Heras quits Tour

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.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 22, 2004 in Manolo Saiz, Roberto Heras, Top Stories, Tour news | Permalink

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Comments

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."

Priceless.

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