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Roberto Heras, three times winner of the Tour of Spain, has opted to end his career at the early age of 33. Heras had recently completed a two-year ban after testing positive for EPO, but he has nonetheless decided that a return to racing is definitively out of the question.

Widely considered one of cycling?s top climbers of recent years - at least prior to his two-year ban for EPO - Heras had received a huge number of offers from second-level teams for 2008.

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