Casero hangs up the bike

Angel Luis Casero (Comunidad Valenciana) will finish his career at the end of this season, according to The winner of the 2001 Vuelta a España has had a career lasting 12 seasons, with mixed success. His Vuelta win was the absolute highlight, snatching victory away from Oscar Sevilla on the final day, a 38 km time trial in Madrid. But that turned out to be his final success, as the last three years have been injury and problem filled. He spent 2004 out of competition due to contractual and licence problems, and this year only managed to finish seven of the 13 races that he entered - not good enough for another contract with Comunidad Valenciana.

Casero also tasted success in 1998 and 1999 with Vitalicio Seguros, winning the Spanish Championship and the prologue of the Volta a Catalunya both years, and finishing fifth in the Tour de France in 1999. He also has the 1997 Vuelta a Castilla-Leon on his palmares, while he was riding for Banesto.

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