Domingos Gonçalves handed four-year ban for Biological Passport abnormalities

ALTO DA FIA PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 21 Andre Maciel Domingos Goncalves of Portugal and Team Caja RuralSeguros Rga during the 45th Volta ao Algarve Stage 2 a 1874 km stage from Almodvar to Alto Da Fia 900m VA VAlgarve2019 on February 21 2019 in Alto Da Fia Portugal Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Domingos Gonçalves at the 2019 Volta ao Algarve (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Portuguese rider Domingos Gonçalves has been handed a four-year suspension by the UCI for 'use of prohibited substance', based on abnormalities detected in his Biological Passport in 2016 and 2018.

The 31-year-old has been provisionally suspended from the sport since December 2019, but a recent update to the UCI's sanctions list showed that Gonçalves has been banned. The period of ineligibility runs from December 2019, meaning he would be able to return to the sport in December 2023.

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