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by Neal Rogers
May 25, 2017
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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced that the UCI Disciplinary Commission has suspended Prof Continental team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling (formerly known as Funvic Soul Cycles Carrefour) for 35 days, from July 15 to August 19.
This follows a previous team suspension applied in 2016 for three anti-doping rule violations within the same team within a 12-month period.
UCI Anti-Doping Rules provide for a team suspension in case of numerous anti-doping rule violations committed by team members.
The 35-day suspension is based on the violation committed by Alex Correia Diniz based on abnormalities detected in his Biological Passport in 2015 and the violation for tampering of a sample, perpetrated by Octavio Bulgarelli on March 10, 2016.
The UCI Disciplinary Commission based its decision on the length of the suspension mainly on the fact that the above violation predated the first team suspension. For the duration of its suspension, Soul Brasil Pro Cycling is suspended from participating in any international event.