Ramiro Rincon Diaz and João Marcelo Pereira Gaspar become the second and third riders from the Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team to test positive during 2016


All riders from the Brazilian cycling team Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour will be suspended from competition after second and third riders from the squad failed anti-doping tests.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced on Thursday that Colombian Ramiro Rincon Diaz and Brazilian João Marcelo Pereira Gaspar had both failed a test for banned blood-boosting substance continuous erythropoietin receptor activator (CERA).

Both riders tested positive from samples collected during the Volta a Portugal event on July 27 2016, and have been provisionally suspended. Both riders can request that their B samples are also tested.

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These two latest positives are added to the previous positive test for CERA of the team’s Kleber Da Silva Ramos, meaning the Professional Continental-level squad has registered three positive tests in a 12-month period.

Under UCI anti-doping rules, the squad will now be suspended from 15 days to 12 months. The exact term of the suspension will be decided by the UCI’s disciplinary commission at an unspecified future date.

Brazilian rider Da Silva Ramos failed tests on July 31 and August 4. He competed for Brazil in the Rio Olympic Games road race on the opening day prior to the announcement by the UCI of his positive dope control on August 8.