By Antonio J. Salmerón
Spaniard Constantino Zaballa returned to the peloton last Sunday morning in the Criterium of Murcia, which was organised by friend and team-mate, Alejandro Valverde. Zaballa is hoping to simply "return to do my work," after being implied in the Operación Puerto investigations.
"It has been a nightmare," said the Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears rider of the investigations.
Zaballa sees no reason why he shouldn't continue riding for the Spanish team: "Why not? I am a free man now. There is nothing against me". He believes the classics are a suitable scene to exhibit his combat in search of a victory. "I want to be in form in March and April, so that I will be strong for the season," concluded Zaballa.
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