Manuel Beltrán

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Manuel Beltrán
File:Manuel Beltrán.jpg
Personal information
Full name Manuel Beltrán Martinez
Nickname Triki, The Cookie Monster
Born (1971-05-28) May 28, 1971 (age 51)
Jaén, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 60 kg (130 lb)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
1995–1996 Mapei
1997–1999 Banesto
2000–2001 Mapei
2002–2003 Team Coast
2003–2006 Discovery Channel
2007-2008 Liquigas
Major wins
Volta a Catalunya (1999)
Infobox last updated on
28 January 2009

Manuel Beltrán Martinez (born 28 May 1971) is a former professional road bicycle racer from Spain. His finishes in the Tour de France are somewhat misleading as he was a lieutenant for his team leader. He was the team leader for numerous Vuelta a España rides and performed well.

Beltrán tested positive for EPO after the first stage of the 2008 Tour de France, according to L'Equipe July 11, 2008. The same date as the news broke, a spokesman for his team Liquigas said he would be suspended from the team and thrown out of that year's tour.[1] It was later confirmed that his B-sample also tested positive.[2]

Beltrán was suspended for two years.[3] In 2010, Beltrán had to pay his former team 100.000 euros because of his positive doping test in the Tour de France.[4]

His name was also on the list of doping tests published by the French Senate in 24 July 2013 that were collected during the 1998 Tour de France and found positive for EPO when retested in 2004.[5] Later named in evidence in the 2012 USADA report to have done a blood tranfusion apart of the U.S Postal team during the 2004 Tour de France.


1996 - Mapei-GB
10th Overall Tour de Romandie
1997 - Banesto
4th Overall Vuelta a Aragon
1998 - Banesto
5th Overall Vuelta a Aragon
13th Overall Vuelta a Espana
1999 - Banesto
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Volta a Catalunya
Stage 7 (ITT)
7th Overall Vuelta a Espana
2000 - Mapei-Quick Step
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya
11th Overall Tour de France
2001 - Mapei-Quick Step
8th Overall Tour de Suisse
2002 - Team Coast
9th Overall Vuelta a España
10th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2003 - US Postal
Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
3rd Overall Vuelta a Aragon
6th Overall Vuelta a España
2004 - US Postal
Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
13th Overall Vuelta a España
Stage 1 (TTT)
2005 - Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
6th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
8th Overall Tour de Romandie
2006 - Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
9th Overall Vuelta a Espana
10th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2007 - Liquigas
Stage 2 Tour of the Basque Country
8th Overall Criterium du Dauphine Libere
9th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
9th Overall Vuelta a España

Grand Tour General classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Giro 28 WD 52 22 -
Tour 14 WD WD 11 - - 14 46 WD 17 WD
Vuelta 13 7 WD 19 9 6 13 WD 9 9

WD = withdrew

See also


  1. "Doping agency: Beltran positive for EPO". AP. Retrieved 2008-07-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  2. "A source says Manuel Beltran's B-sample from the Tour de France contains EPO". VeloNews. Retrieved 2008-09-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. [1]
  4. [2]
  5. "French Senate releases positive EPO cases from 1998 Tour de France".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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