Heras to appeal

After being given a two year ban for doping by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC), Roberto Heras said that he will appeal his sanction to the Spanish courts. The Spaniard tested positive for the blood boosting drug EPO on the penultimate stage of the 2005 Vuelta a España, and as a result will lose his overall victory to Russian Denis Menchov (Rabobank).

"It's not hard to understand my complete disagreement with the decision of the federation, and the feeling of total defencelessness that I find myself in," said Heras in a statement. "I can't accept that my name, my dignity, and that of my whole family remain tarnished by a test that doesn't offer any guarantees."

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