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Zaballa returns with Caisse d'Epargne

By Antonio J. Salmerón

Spaniard Constantino Zaballa returned to the peloton last Sunday morning in the Criterium of Murcia, which was organised by friend and team-mate, Alejandro Valverde. Zaballa is hoping to simply "return to do my work," after being implied in the Operación Puerto investigations.

"It has been a nightmare," said the Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears rider of the investigations.

Zaballa sees no reason why he shouldn't continue riding for the Spanish team: "Why not? I am a free man now. There is nothing against me". He believes the classics are a suitable scene to exhibit his combat in search of a victory. "I want to be in form in March and April, so that I will be strong for the season," concluded Zaballa.

Cyclingnews' recent coverage of 'Operación Puerto'

April 2, 2009 - Valverde indignant over possible suspension
April 1, 2009
- Valverde: Italy requests two-year suspension
March 13, 2009 - Le Monde newspaper hit with fine over Puerto allegations
March 2, 2009 - WADA president Fahey asks for Puerto evidence
February 24, 2009 - Spanish federation seeks access to Puerto blood bags
February 20, 2009 - CONI considers Valverde case while UCI awaits verdict
February 19, 2009 - Valverde under criminal investigation
February 11, 2009 - Valverde summonsed for Operación Puerto in Italy
February 8, 2009 - Eight charged in Operación Puerto

Cyclingnews' complete coverage of Operación Puerto

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