Spain ordered to pay Roberto Heras €720,000 over reversed doping ban

Former Liberty Seguros and US Postal Service rider Roberto Heras will receive €720,000 from the Spanish state after his doping ban was reversed

ROBERTO HERAS AT THE 2003 TOUR OF SPAIN (Watson)
(Image credit: Watson)

Four-time Vuelta a España winner Roberto Heras is set to receive nearly three-quarters of a million Euros from the Spanish government after a court ruled the state were at fault for his reversed doping suspension.

A drug test from stage 20 of the Vuelta - a race which he won - showed a positive test for EPO two months after the event. Heras's title was stripped and he was fired from his Liberty Seguros team.

Heras appealed the ban, claiming inaccuracies in the testing and mishandling of samples - an appeal that was successful and upheld in the Spanish supreme court.

Having reinstated Heras as the 2005 Vuelta champion, the former rider sued the Spanish cycling federation in January 2015 for over one million Euros.

Judge Berta Santillan Pedrosa ruled (opens in new tab) that the Spanish state was at fault for the error and was liable for paying Heras compensation.

With his restored 2005 title, Heras is the only rider to have won the Vuelta four times. His best result at the Tour de France came in 2000 when he finished fifth, the same position he finished in his only ever Giro d'Italia in 1999.

After his ban between 2006 and 2008, Heras returned to cycling to win the Brompton World Championships in 2009 - beating Cycling Weekly's very own Dr Hutch - having finished as runner-up the previous year

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Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.