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Vuelta News forAugust 22, 2003

Edited by Jeff Jones & John Stevenson

Sevilla underdone, but ready for Vuelta

Oscar Sevilla will start the Vuelta España as Kelme's leader, despite having barely raced this year due to a persistent boil, which required two operations. Since his last operation he has been training for a month, which means he will have a six week total build up for the Vuelta. "On July 25 I had to start from zero, because all the previous work was useless, it was all lost," Sevilla told AS in an interview.

The runner up in the 2001 Vuelta said that he is afraid of not being in good form, although he feels mentally and physically fresh. "The problem will be to reach the consistency necessary to compete in a grand tour. That is unknown for me. I'm going to try, but if I'm not up to it I'll go for stage wins."

As the main protagonists for the general classification, Sevilla picks "Aitor Gonzalez, [Angel] Casero, [Roberto] Heras...But the most dangerous will be Igor Galdeano, who hasn't been stopped like me. I don't know about the foreigners - surely Cadel Evans and Leipheimer will be there."

"The Tour was a failure for Kelme, but I am sure that in the Vuelta we are going to retaliate," Sevilla explained.

As far as next season is concerned, Sevilla currently has an offer of a contract renewal from Kelme, but has not decided yet which team he will race for.

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