The W52 - FC Porto has seen 7 of it's 12 riders suspended because of the use or property of illegal substances. One of the two riders in the team that was not found a suspect in the police raid was former Volta a Portugal winner and World Tour pro Amaro Antunes, who has found a new home.
Antunes has signed with the Portuguese ABTF Betão - Feirense team. The Portuguese team hosts already André Cardoso, former Trek - Segafredo rider who was also suspended for four years in the 2010's. Antunes should be a new team leader however, having been virtually one of the few riders who have escaped the reputation his former team - which will not return in 2023 as planned.
Antunes was the winner of the Volta a Portugal in 2017, 2020 and 2021, all with the W52 team. In the 2018 and 2019 seasons he's moved to the former CCC Team where he showed his climbing talent in the World Tour before returning. Because of the team's suspension he wasn't allowed to race the Volta.
The Feirense team also announced the signing of António Carvalho, a rider of the Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor team who dominated this year's race in the absence of W52. Carvalho rode to a 3rd place in the final overall classification, having won the stage to the famous Senhora da Graça climb.