UCI license stripped from W52-FC Porto following doping suspicions

W52-FC Porto have had their UCI license taken away following the anti-doping process that has been haunting the team for the past few months, with immediate effect.

The Portuguese Cycling Federation have issued a statement this morning confirming that UCI notified the team of the immediate removal of it's UCI license. Eight of the 11 riders from the team are suspended as prevention after a nation-wide raid on the team back in April.

The team was allowed to maintain most of it's scheduled calendar, however with eight riders suspended recently at the GP Douro Internacional. José Neves won the race, despite being suspended right afterwards as he was one of the riders featured on the list. The news come just a week away from the Volta a Portugal, where the team would be looking to continue it's streak of wins in the coming month.

Ever since it's creation in 2013, the team - in all it's forms - has won the Volta a Portugal, Portugal's most important competition with 11 days of racing, however has had previous titles stripped from Raúl Alarcon due to the use of prohibited substances.

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