Decision on Heras ban and handover of Vuelta title expected soon, new arrival for Davis family, Esco
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One very significant non-attendee at today’s presentation of the route of the 2006 Vuelta a Espa¤a was this year’s ‘winner’ Roberto Heras, who is of course facing a two-year ban for EPO use on the way to his victory in September. Heras’s victory will remain in the record books until he receives a ban from the Spanish federation for his doping offence.
According to Heras’s lawyer, Jos Maria Buxeda, this is due to be handed out later this month or in early January. Assuming a two-year ban is confirmed, and there is no reason to suppose it won’t be, Heras will then be stripped of his fourth Vuelta win, with runner-up Denis Menchov handed the victory.
– In the midst of the latest ructions, there has been some good news for Liberty as Allan Davis and his wife, Andrea, have become parents for the second time. New son Harrison Allan weighed in at 4kg.
– The new Spanish continental team Nicolas Mateos has signed former world pursuit champion Sergi Escobar, who rode for Illes Balears this last season. Escobar’s aim is to regain the world title, as well as act as an experienced hand within the mainly young Nicolas Mateos team.
– Polish pro Slawomir Kohut, who rides for the Bulgarian Miche team, is reported to be in a coma after being in collision with a car while out training.