On the 4th of October, seven W52-FC Porto riders have received their bans in relation to prohibited practices and possession of prohibited substances, aswell as irregularities in the biological passport of one rider. Here is the whole list of substances that were found.
The Portuguese peloton has over the last decade seen several doping cases, and the removal of the UCI license of it's top team, W52-FC Porto - winner of the country's most important race, Volta a Portugal, every years since it's creation in 2013 - weeks before it's main goal. A nation-wide police raid was carried, leading to 10 detentions including team riders and staff.
7 W52-FC Porto riders get doping bans, former Volta a Portugal winner João Rodrigues banned for 7 years
Only 4 out of 12 riders were not banned, with Amaro Antunes and Joni Brandão amongst them. Many of the team's main figures however have been, with ADoP (Portuguese Anti-Doping Agency) revealing the cause for suspension for all seven riders.
The following six riders were banned by ADoP for three years due to possessing prohibited substances:
José Neves - Human Growth Hormone
Samuel Caldeira - Somatropin, Actrapide Human Insulin, Human Growth Hormone
Rui Vinhas - Betamethasone
Ricardo Mestre - Somatropin
Ricardo Vilela - Luteinizing hormone, Somatropin, Thymosin-B4 and their derivatives
Daniel Mestre - Betamethasone
João Rodrigues, winner of the 2021 Volta ao Algarve and 2019 Volta a Portugal has received a total of seven years of ban, with the same sanction as his teammates, and a four-year ban for irregularities in his passport from the UCI directly.
João Rodrigues - (not revealed)