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Portuguese fed suspends LA-MSS riders

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Cycling News
Published:
June 28, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:37 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, June 28, 2008

The Portuguese Cycling Federation (UVP/FCP) has suspended nine members of the Continental team...

The Portuguese Cycling Federation (UVP/FCP) has suspended nine members of the Continental team LA-MSS as a "preventative measure", it announced Friday. The disciplinary board opened an investigation into alleged doping offenses against five riders and four staff members of the team after a raid by police of the team's base in Povoa de Varzim netted banned drugs and transfusion equipment.

The UVP/FCP has suspended Tiago Silva, Rogério Batista, Pedro Cardoso, Afonso Azevedo, and as well as masseur Paulo Silva, Spanish doctor Marcos Marino Maynar, directeur sportif Manuel Ramos Zeferino and club president Luis Almeida pending the conclusion of its investigation.

The drug raid followed a surprising string of victories by Portuguese team in the Subida al Naranco, the Vuelta a Asturias and the Gran Premio Rota dos Móveis in May.

Before the GP Rota dos Móveis, the team lost Bruno Neves, who died after a fall in the Classic Amarante.

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