Angel Casero considers Gilberto Simoni to be his major rival for the Vuelta Ciclista a España
"There are several important cyclists but I would highlight Simoni, having been disqualified in Giro when he was going very well, particularly in the mountains, and then not to be chosen for the Tour de France, he will arrive at the Vuelta extremely motivated and with a passion for victory, said the defending champion.
"Of course you cannot rule out Roberto Heras, Oscar Sevilla and Joseba Beloki. There are several contenders in what will be a complicated race and one difficult to win.'
With his knee injury “totally forgotten,” Casero looks to the future - "I have been competing in Germany, and in Portugal and now working hard at the training camp in Valdelinares. I have had a punishing regime in training, and now all I need is a little luck."
The cyclist of Team Coast, who were excluded from the Tour de France, says he is concentrating on only one race - the Vuelta: "I do not come here to prove anything to the Tour organisers. What is gone is gone. Next year my team have been assured participation and we will prove our point there, not in another race."
Team Coast: 1. Angel Casero, 2. Daniel Becke, 3. Manuel Beltran, 4. Fernando Escartin, 5. Aitor Garmendia, 6. Fabrizio Guidi, 7. Jaime Hernandez, 8. Luis Perez, 9. David Plaza
Francesco Casagrande, will start the Vuelta Ciclista a España but it would seem unlikely that he will ride for Fassa Bortolo next season, after failing to agree terms with the Italian team. With his future up in the air Casagrande is concentrating on a good performance in the Spanish tour to ensure a good contract next season.
Fassa Bortolo: 81. Francesco Casagrande, 82. Fabio Baldato, 83. Nicola Loda, 84. Sven Montgomery, 85. Alessandro Pettachi, 86. Gorazd Stangelj, 87. Paolo Tiralongo, 88. Tadej Valjavec, 89. Denis Zanette
San Miguel will be the official beer of this years Vuelta Ciclista a España. Alberto Velasco Alonso (Sponsorship and Events Manager of the Group Mahou-San Miguel) and Manuel Diaz (General Assistant director and Commercial Director of Unipublic) signed a deal on the 23rd of August 2002 that makes San Miguel the official cervezas (beer) of the race.