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Former Vuelta champion jailed

Aitor González (Euskaltel-Euskadi)

Aitor González (Euskaltel-Euskadi) (Image credit: Daniel Simms)

Former Vuelta a España champion Aitor González has been arrested by the National Police Corps (NPC) in Elche, Spain, for allegedly participating in an assault on two workers of a real estate agent. Police sources reported that the arrest took place on Monday morning, shortly after the 2002 Vuelta winner and several other people allegedly assaulted the employee and the real estate manager, who received minor injuries.

Shortly thereafter the incident, González was found in the vicinity by officers and was placed in the NPC's custody. Spanish sources have not revealed the motive behind the alleged incident.

González turned professional in 1998 and won the Vuelta a Murcia in 2001 while riding for Kelme-Costa Blanca. After moving to Fassa Bortolo the Spaniard won Stage 14 of the Tour de France in 2004 and then spent his final season with Basque outfit Euskaltel-Euskadi, where he won the Tour de Suisse in 2005.

The 32 year-old was fined 1,080 euro last August and had his driving licence suspended for 12 months after driving under the influence alcohol.

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