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by Mark Zalewski
March 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gullen, Bradbury go 1-2 for JLT Condor on second stage of Tour de Taiwan; Wildcard invites named for Vuelta a España; Sagan critical of Terpstra in Gent-Wevelgem finale, motivated for Flanders; No penalty for Sagan sheltering in Gent-Wevelgem finale; Lotto Soudal looking to turn things around at Three Days of De Panne; Brasilian continental team previously suspended for multiple doping positives again in hot water; Increased security measures for Tour of Flanders; Cancellara talks about life and plans post-retirement; Van Avermaet’s Strava from Gent-Wevelgem win; Direct Energie sponsorship renewed for at least two years; Bus driver who pushed cyclist ordered to pay penalty; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Gent-Wevelgem highlights; Descending on a fixie.
The Brazilian UCI Professional Continental Team Funvic Soul Brasil Pro Cycling is again in trouble with anti-doping authorities and could see another full-team suspension levied against it. The entire team was suspended by the UCI for 55 days earlier this year for having multiple doping positives in a 12-month period. However the UCI still approved its 2017 ProContinental license and the team recently raced in last week’s Volta a Catalunya.
On Monday the UCI announced an anti-doping rule violation arising from an “adverse passport finding” against the Brazilian rider Alex Correia Diniz, as well as the Autoridade Brasileira de Controle de Dopagem asserting an anti-doping rule violation for tampering against the Brazilian rider Otavio Bulgarelli.
“For the purposes of article 7.12 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, these constitute additional charges for members of the UCI Professional Continental Team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling within a twelve-month period. Therefore article 7.12.3 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules providing for the suspension of the team from 15 days to 12 months will be applied,” a UCI statement said.
The UCI said it will refer the matter to its Disciplinary Commission which will render a decision.