Heras mulls retirement after completing doping ban
Three-time Tour of Spain winner Roberto Heras says he may not return to professional cycling, despite having completed a two-year doping ban last month, due to a lack of suitable offers.
“It is true that I have had offers, five in total, but none met the
conditions that I need to return to cycling,” Catalan sports daily Mundo
Deportivo quoted him as saying today.
“If by the end of the year things do not change, I will opt to retire,”
added Heras who is based in Barcelona.
“Money has never been a priority, to race again I wanted several
conditions, especially regarding the structure of the team and the calendar. These conditions were not met by the five teams that have approached me,” he said.
Heras was suspended for two years in October 2005 after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO in the final stages of that year’s Tour of Spain just as he was set to secure a record fourth triumph.
The former Liberty Seguros rider had said in the past that he was planning to return to the sport after completing his ban.
EPO increases the body’s capacity to carry oxygen by stimulating the
production of red blood cells, thereby boosting endurance.