Spanish sports doctor Eufemiano Fuentes announced in today's Diario Vasco his decision to retire from his profession. Citing health and family problems, Fuentes said, "I have left in a drastic fashion all of my professional activity at the sporting level. And I have done it because of serious family problems. I have left Kelme and all the people associated with it. My life is going to travel on other roads for some years and I will dedicate myself to investigating 400 cases of retinoblastoma cancer in the Instituto del Cáncer de Canarias, cases that have been found in South America. I'm not quitting because I'm in the public eye. I'm quitting because I need to be closer to my family.
Fuentes began full time work as Kelme's team doctor in September 2003, and was subsequently named by Jesus Manzano as one of those overseeing the team's alleged doping program. Fuentes denied this and gave evidence in the Manzano case to that effect. But the case appears to have reached a dead end now, as only mutual accusations exist on both sides.