André Cardoso says he'll fight four-year doping ban and prove his innocence

The Portuguese rider said he is trying to raise funds to take legal action against the UCI

André Cardoso at the 2014 World Championships road race (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

André Cardoso has said he will fight his four-year doping ban given to him by the UCI, a sanction which has effectively ended his career.

Cardoso, now 34, tested positive for blood booster EPO in an out-of-competition test on June 18, 2017, and was provisionally suspended by the UCI a day before the Tour de France of that year, which he was due to ride with his team Trek-Segafredo.

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