Cardoso handed four-year ban for EPO

Andre Cardoso (Trek-Segafredo)

André Cardoso has been handed a four-year ban EPO, more than 16 months after testing positive for the banned blood-booster. The Portuguese rider, then under contract with Trek-Segafredo , returned the positive test in an out-of-competition control on June 18, 2017, 12 days before the start of the 2017 Tour de France . After requesting analysis of his B-sample, the case dragged on, with little light shed on proceedings. On Wednesday, the UCI issued a statement announcing that they had reached a decision and that Cardoso would be banned for four years. "The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal has rendered its decision in the case involving André Cardoso," read the statement. "The Anti-Doping Tribunal found the rider guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (use of Erythropoietin) and imposed 4-year period of ineligibility on the rider." As well as being suspended by Trek-Segafredo, Cardoso was provisionally ...

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