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Drug raids at Volta a Portugal

Police search three teams prior to race

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On Tuesday, authorities raided three Portuguese teams under suspicion of doping. According to Portuguese news outlet JN.pt, three squads were searched. The teams involved were the continental squads Rádio Popular-Paredes-Boavista, Efapel Cycling, and Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor.

According to a spokesperson for Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolo, nothing was found by the searches. The Efapel Cycling team also confirmed that the police had searched rider’s homes.

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There had been rumours that the team had been using blood boosters prior to the race.

Last Wednesday the UCI suspended the license of Portuguese squad, W52-FC Porto. In April, a dozen riders from the team were named in an investigation related to doping, and in July, eight of them were suspended for three months by the Anti-Doping Authority of Portugal.