February 09, 2006
Heras suspended for 2 years
Spain's Roberto Heras has been banned for two years for EPO.
Heras, who tested positive while riding for a record fourth Vuelta a España win last year, is considering whether to appeal to Spain's cycling federation or directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.
Said Jose Maria Buxeda, Heras' lawyer:
"We need to study the decision carefully to see where we will take the appeal," Buxeda was quoted as saying by Spanish daily El Pais (link in Spanish). "If we take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport it will take at least five months for a resolution."
The finding hands the 2005 Vuelta title to Denis Menchov of Rabobank, who finished 2nd overall.
Heras, of course, insists he is innocent.
"I never doped myself," he said. "I didn't do it during the Vuelta nor at any other time. I've always won cleanly. I can't allow all my sacrifices to be trampled due to an error. I have to take the result on board, but I question it."
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