Vuelta News forAugust 30, 2003
Edited by Chris Henry & Jeff Jones
Kelme's Vuelta team
The Spanish Kelme-Costa Blanca team, winner of the 2002 Vuelta a España
with Aitor Gonzalez (now Fassa Bortolo), has presented its team for its
national tour. Oscar Sevilla, who has been out of competition for much
of 2003, will serve as an untested team leader this year. Short on racing
form but motivated for a good result, Sevilla will try to challenge the
likes of Gonzalez, Roberto Heras (US Postal), and Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano
(ONCE-Eroski), whom he considers favourites for the overall honours.
Sevilla has also declared himself satisfied with Kelme and expects to
carry on next year. "It's up to me to repay the confidence Kelme has had
in me, and if there are no problems, I expect to extend the contract,"
Sevilla commented in the Spanish press. "I feel good here."
Kelme's line up for the Vuelta includes Sevilla, Francisco Cabello, Carlos
Garcia Quesada, Adolfo Garcia Quesada, José Enrique Gutiérrez,
David Latasa, Jesus Manzano, Toni Tauler, Alejandro Valverde, and Constantino
Vuelta festivities set
Presentations and festivities for the 58th edition of the Vuelta a España
will kick off next week. The race begins Saturday, September 6, and on
Thursday the teams for this year's race will be presented at the Molinón
Stadium in the start city of Gijon. During the presentation the baton
of the Vuelta will be passed to the mayor of León, the start town
for 2004. On Saturday, the race's opening day, a public race will be held
in the morning prior to the start of the team time trial and festivities
will continue into the evening with what organisers are calling the world's
biggest puppet show, as well as musical entertainment and regional food
and drink specialties.
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