Cardoso provisionally suspended for EPO

June 27, 2017

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that Portuguese rider André Cardoso was notified of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) of Erythropoietin in a sample collected in the scope of an out-of-competition control on 18 June 2017.

The control was planned and carried out by the Cycling Anti Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body mandated by the UCI, in charge of defining and implementing the anti-doping strategy in cycling.
The rider has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample. In accordance with UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair.

EPO in cycling
In the Anti-Doping Database we have registered 195 cyclists who has been suspended after testing positive for EPO. Cycling is the sport with the most cases involving EPO. Athletics has suspended 130 athletes who tested positive for the substance.
37 of the 195 cyclists are from Italy, while 23 are from France.
Currently the only Portugese cyclist we have registered is Nuno Ribeiro who tested positive during the Vuelta a Portugal in 2009. In total we have registered six athletes from Portugal who has tested positive for EPO.

381 suspended for EPO
Cycling and athletics are the two sports with the most cases involving EPO. And that by far. The two sports alone has 325 doping cases. Triathlon and cross-country skiing has both 13 cases.
Still most athletes are caught after having their sample collected in competition. "Only" 109 athletes has been banned after being tested out-of-competition.
Russia has banned the most athletes for EPO. 42 Russian athletes is being registered in the Anti-Doping Database. That is one more than Italy and nine more than USA.

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