By Susan Westemeyer
Another rider linked to the Operación Puerto investigation has returned to action. Santiago Botero, formally with Floyd Landis at Phonak, won a mountain time trial in his native Colombia this weekend. It was his first race since being suspended by Phonak in June of last year.
After winning the Clasica Rionegro, Botero said, "I had to use all my strength and experience, but I am very happy about this start," according to Radsport-news.de.
Botero signed this year to ride with UNE Orbitel, which rides the South American Continental circuit. However, he has his sights set on something bigger; "I want to fly over to Europe again," he said. "For the World Championships in Stuttgart."