Cyclist handed four-year ban for doping before 2017 Tour de France
The pack rides on the Champs Elysees avenue as the Arc de Triomphe is seen in the background during the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race on Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 1:09PM EST
AIGLE, Switzerland -- 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.