On Saturday, November 11, the Columbian cycling federation cleared Santiago Botero of all charges stemming from the Operación Puerto doping case. Releasing the complete report of its disciplinary commission on Botero, federation has "decided to end the investigation because of a lack of evidence," according to Carlos Vargas, president of the federation's disciplinary committee. Botero pronounced himself satisfied with that decision, but complained about "the negative effects on his athletic career".
Botero was suspended by Team Phonak after being named in the Spanish doping investigation, and indicated that he might end his career. However, the Colombian has recently signed with the new Continental team UNE-Orbitel.
Cyclingnews' recent coverage of 'Operación Puerto'
April 2, 2009 - Valverde indignant over possible suspension
April 1, 2009 - Valverde: Italy requests two-year suspension
March 13, 2009 - Le Monde newspaper hit with fine over Puerto allegations
March 2, 2009 - WADA president Fahey asks for Puerto evidence
February 24, 2009 - Spanish federation seeks access to Puerto blood bags
February 20, 2009 - CONI considers Valverde case while UCI awaits verdict
February 19, 2009 - Valverde under criminal investigation
February 11, 2009 - Valverde summonsed for Operación Puerto in Italy
February 8, 2009 - Eight charged in Operación Puerto