The UCI today announced that Cardoso is now suspended, and out of the Tour de France, after testing positive for Erythropoietin (EPO).
The 32 year old, Trek-Segafredo rider and team mate of Alberto Contador, can request to attend the analysis of the B sample but the provisional ban suspension rules him out of the Tour de France regardless. He most recently finished 19th at the Criterium du Dauphin. He has been replaced by Haimar Zubeldia.
The team released a statement immediately.
“To our cycling family, we have some disappointing news to share,” the statement read.
“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.”
Will pro cyclists ever learn? Or are the rules too strict?