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by Shane Stokes
June 28, 2017
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Portuguese rider André Cardoso has been suspended by his Trek-Segafredo team on the eve of the Tour de France following an out-of-competition positive test for EPO in mid June.
Cardoso had been named in the Trek-Segafredo line-up for the Tour, which starts in Düsseldorf this Saturday; a line-up which was built around the general classification aims of two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador. Instead, Cardoso has been removed from the Tour team and suspended by his team.
“To our cycling family, we have some disappointing news to share,” a Trek-Segafredo press release said. “It is with deep disappointment that we have just learned that our rider, Andre Cardoso, has tested positive for a prohibited substance. In accordance with our zero tolerance policy, he has been suspended immediately.
“We hold our riders and staff to the highest ethical standards and will act and communicate accordingly as more details become available.”
The Trek-Segafredo statement came as the sport’s governing body, the UCI, was announcing the positive.
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