In pictures: Cycling heroes and villains of 2004
Villain - Joseba Beloki

The Spaniard was tipped to be one of Lance Armstrong's major rivals in the Tour de France this year, but pulled out less than a month before the race began.

He had been plagued with a string of injury and health problems since suffering multiple fractures in the 2003 Tour.

He also had major disagreements within his team Brioches La Boulangere.

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