Beloki hoping for good Vuelta

Joseba Beloki met the press in his new Saunier Duval colours yesterday, and is hoping to make an imp

Joseba Beloki met the press in his new Saunier Duval colours yesterday, and is hoping to make an imp
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE After a year to forget for Joseba Beloki, the Basque rider is set to return to racing with a new team this weekend. Having left Brioches La Boulangre before the Tour, he has now confirmed he will be riding for Saunier Duval for the rest of this year and during 2005. He was presented in the team's colours to the press yesterday at the Saunier Duval factory in Vitoria, conveniently the city where Beloki lives. "I wanted to return with a competitive team, a team that was going to give me the chance to feature in big races, a team that was going to spoil me a little bit," Beloki told Marca. Beloki admitted he had received offers from foreign teams but turned them down because he would not have been able to aim for his main objective of the year, September's Vuelta. "Physically and mentally I feel good, I'm happy and very keen to tackle the Vuelta," he confirmed. Since his split with Brioches, Beloki hasa been training hard but admitted the Vuelta will be a tough proposition "because many riders will be very well prepared and the first week is very tough." The three-time Tour de France podium finisher is due to make his Saunier Duval debut in Saturday's GP Getxo, and will go from there to the Tour of Burgos next week. Asked what he thought about Lance Armstrong's latest Tour victory, Beloki said he felt that the American "will finish on the podium in the next couple of years as well."
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