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anolo Saiz says Joseba Beloki will be at his best for the Tour de France, Cunego decides Milan-SanPIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Liberty Seguros supremo Manolo Saiz today moved swiftly to quash concerns about Joseba Beloki's poor start to the 2005 season. Speaking to procycling at Paris-Nice this morning, Saiz said that Beloki was set to withdraw from Tirreno-Adriatico on Saturday because of flu-like symptoms, which explained the Spaniard's dismal performances in the first three stages of the Italian race. Beloki was languishing in 171st place, almost 25 minutes down on race leader Oscar Freire, as he headed home to the Basque Country. Saiz denied that Beloki's latest setback will add to speculation about the 31-year-old's inability to rediscover his best form since crashing out of the 2003 Tour de France. "Joseba had a temperature of 39 yesterday," Saiz said. "He worked well this winter and our physiological tests suggest that he has no lingering problems from the fall two years ago. His knees are fine. From here, he'll continue to work towards the Giro d'Italia, where he will ride in support of Michele Scarponi. But Joseba's main aim is to be riding well at the Tour de France in July." - Damiano Cunego has now definitively shelved plans to ride next weekend's Milan-San Remo, procycling learned on Saturday morning. Lampre-Caffita had wanted their Giro d'Italia champion to bring a touch of star quality to their team for 'La Classicissima', but Cunego was apparently dissuaded by the risk of falls in the closing stages of the race. Cunego was due to inspect the final 60 kilometres of the San Remo course on Sunday but confided his fears about the race to Lampre directeur sportif Giuseppe Martinelli on Friday night. Cunego now wishes to postpone his Milan-San Remo dbut until 2006. Next year's edition of the race is almost sure to see the Cipressa climb scrapped from the course in favour of the tougher Pompeiana -clearly more to Cunego's liking.