Heras fronts up to Spanish federation

Spaniard Roberto Heras will face the Spanish cycling federation on Friday to explain his positive EPO test in the last Vuelta a España. Heras tested positive for the banned drug after the penultimate stage, a 38.9 km time trial where he finished a close second and averaged 56 km/h on the fast course.

After the A and B samples were confirmed positive, Heras was fired by his team and now risks a two year suspension. His lawyer, Jose Maria Buxeda, said that he will argue that the EPO test is unreliable and that there were up to eight procedural errors in Heras' test, rendering it invalid.

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