The UCI international cycling federation office, André Cardoso, placed a four-year suspension on Thursday. The Portuguese was held in June 2017 on the use of EPO.
Cardoso 34 years old proved positive when going out of the games. He was immediately held inactive by his Trek-Segafredo team, and so he had to miss Tour de France.
Cardoso has always claimed he was innocent and hoped that his B steel would turn negatively. From documents held by Felonews It is clear that the A and B steel did not match, but the UCI decided to stop the Portuguese.
Although Cardoso had not won any major games in his career, he participated in a large round seven times. Its best result was fourteen in Italy's 2016 Giro.
Cardoso took part in the Italian Tour three times and was starting at Vuelta to Spain four times. He would do his first trip in 2017, but that's not the result of his positive drug test.
At the time, Cardoso was working on his first season at Trek-Segafredo. He was under an agreement with Cannondale-Drapac, among others.