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by Shane Stokes
May 9, 2017
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Over ten years after a positive test for EPO saw him lose his overall victory in the 2005 Vuelta a España, Roberto Heras has learned he will gain almost three quarters of a million Euro in compensation. According to Spanish newspaper AS, the former Kelme, US Postal Service and Liberty Seguros rider will receive €724,000 (approx £611,000/US$791,000), as per a judgement by the Spanish supreme court.
Heras was originally stripped of his title in November 2005, two months after he took his fourth Vuelta career victory. He appealed this, claiming that the testing was inaccurate and his samples had been mishandled. The civil court of Castilla y León agreed with him and while the Spanish cycling federation appealed this to the country’s Supreme court, that court upheld the decision in December 2012.
Since then Heras sued the federation for financial compensation and loss of earnings. The national court said he should be given €724,000 and this amount has been confirmed by the Supreme Court.
“The sanction was the direct, immediate and exclusive cause of the termination of employment contracts and sponsorship. [It caused him] to be deprived of working as a professional cyclist during the time of the contract, regardless of whether the termination of those contracts involved third parties.”
Heras was originally handed a two year suspension and never raced professionally again.
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