The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the Portuguese rider Domingos Goncalves was notified of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for Use of a prohibited substance based on abnormalities from 2016 and 2018 detected in his Biological Passport (*).
In accordance with the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair.
Domingo Goncalves’ case constitutes the second ADRV for a member of the UCI Professional Continental Team Caja Rural - Seguros RGA within a twelve-month period. For reminder, the Spanish rider Jamie Roson Garcia was notified of an ADRV (Use of a prohibited substance) based on abnormalities from 2017 detected in his Biological Passport. These two cases within the same twelve-month period (2016-2017) trigger the application of article 7.12.1 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules providing for the suspension of the Team from 15 days to 45 days.
The UCI will refer the matter to the UCI Disciplinary Commission which will render a decision in due course.
At this stage, the UCI will not comment further on any of these matters.
(*) An Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) is an individual, electronic record for each rider, in which the results of all doping tests collected in the framework of this programme over a period of time are collated. The management of the ABP programme is carried out by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, the independent body mandated by the UCI to carry out the anti-doping testing programme in cycling. CADF handles the management of the ABP in collaboration with the APMU in Lausanne. ABP cases are prosecuted based on the opinion of an independent Expert Panel of the APMU.