Heras eager to race

Suspension ends later this month

Spanish cyclist Roberto Heras, banned for two years for testing positive for EPO (erythropoeitin), said Thursday that he wants to return to competition when his suspension finishes at the end of October.

Heras, 33, was stripped of his 2005 Tour of Spain title after testing
positive for the banned blood booster during the 20th stage time-trial.

"At first I didn't want to hear about cycling ever again, but as time went
on, about a year ago I changed my mind," Heras, who also won the Tour of Spain in 2000, 2003 and 2004 told the Catalan sports daily Sport.

"Physically I've kept in form, I've cycled every day and frankly I want to
return, without having any particular objectives," he added.

Heras, a former teammate of US cycling star Lance Armstrong at the US
Postal team, said that he had received three offers but had yet to decide.

But according to the code of ethics he cannot rejoin a ProTour team for two
years.

"I would have liked to return to the top level, but that's how it is," added the former Liberty team rider.

© BikeRadar & AFP 2007

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