Former Liberty Seguros and Team Once leader Manolo Saiz said Wednesday that he is considering a return to cycling.
"I'm taking a break and dedicating myself to my (hotel) businesses, but one day I will return to cycling and will do it with the same enthusiasm as before," Saiz said to Radio Marca.
Saiz was involved in Operación Puerto in May of 2006. He was arrested along with four others and is still part of the investigation into the alleged doping activities of Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes and others. Saiz declined to comment on his personal story relating to the case while the outcome is pending. However, he defended cycling in general and said cyclists were not being treated justly.
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