Spanish Professional Continental Team Fuerteventura-Canarias has opened negotiations with Roberto Heras. The three-time winner of the Vuelta a España is eligible to ride again next season after sitting out his two-year doping suspension. According to the Spanish website marca.com, the Spanish team hopes to join the ProTour next year and Heras' signing could be the first of many which would allow it to be more competitive in larger races in the coming season.
Heras, 33, was riding for the Liberty Seguros team in 2005 when he was tested positive for EPO during the Vuelta's penultimate stage. He was stripped of the title he had won that year and it was awarded to Denis Menchov of Rabobank.