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Report: Roberto Heras quits professional cycling after serving 2-year ban

Report: Roberto Heras quits professional cycling after serving 2-year ban

Three-time Spanish Vuelta champion Roberto Heras is leaving professional cycling.
The 33-year-old Spaniard _ whose two-year doping ban ended in October _ said he had received offers from cycling teams. However, under the sport's code of ethics, he cannot join a ProTour team for two more years.
"I have thrown in the towel," Heras was quoted as saying in an interview published Saturday in the sports daily Marca.
The Liberty Seguros rider tested positive for EPO in the 2005 Spanish Vuelta, one of the top races in the European cycling season. Heras won the overall race for a fourth time before being stripped of the title. He denied using a performance-enhancing substance and blamed the result on a laboratory error.
Heras, who was with seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong at the U.S. Postal Service team from 2001-03, said he only wanted to ride with a ProTour team.
"I still do not understand why ProTour teams cannot sign riders who have fulfilled the ban, like I did," Heras said.


Updated : 2021-07-24 23:16 GMT+08:00