Cyclist Cardoso banned 4 years for doping before 2017 Tour
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Cycling Union says it imposed a four-year ban on Portuguese rider Andre Cardoso for doping with EPO ahead of the 2017 Tour de France.
The UCI says its anti-doping tribunal gave its verdict, in a case opened almost 17 months ago.
Cardoso tested positive for the endurance boosting hormone two weeks before the Tour.
He was suspended by Trek-Segafredo, which selected Cardoso as a specialist climber to support team leader Alberto Contador.
The 34-year-old Cardoso had career top-20 finishes in the Giro d'Italia and Spanish Vuelta, and competed in the road races at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.