Amaro Antunes, three-time champion of the Tour of Portugal, announced the end of his career

Amaro Antunes, the winner of three Tours of Portugal, announced this Monday the “quick” end of his career, in a press release despatched to Lusa, the place he justified his farewell to biking, which age 32, with a loss of motivation and style for coaching. .

“I announce that I’ve determined, after a lot consideration, to depart skilled biking, which I adopted 11 years in the past, efficient instantly. Last spring, the early demise of my mom and the ‘Clean Proof’ which is a prison case […] led me to lose all motivation and style for coaching, essential to face one other interval of perfection of my talents”, he justified.

The just one of the 11 W52-FC Porto cyclists who weren’t suspended or charged inside the scope of the ‘Prova Limpa’ operation — his colleagues have been accused by the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) of trafficking in prohibited substances and procedures. -, Antunes highlighted that your case has been archived.

“Although the farewell was not the manner I believed, I look again on my career with delight. I labored exhausting, with nice ardour and pleasure, and achieved superb outcomes, in Portugal and in high of the WorldTour “, he recalled, in the letter despatched by the Lusa company.

Algarve, who turned 32 on November 27, stated goodbye to biking with three victories in the Tour of Portugal beneath his belt, in the 2021, 2020 and 2017 editions, he ‘inherited’ resulting from doping disqualification of the winner, his fellow Spaniard Raúl Alarcón.

With the colours of W52-FC Porto, he additionally received the ‘queen’ stage of the 2017 Volta ao Algarve, in Alto do Malhão, his ordinary coaching floor, in an version the place he ranked fifth normally remaining.

For the ‘dragons’ he received the greatest victory in an expert career beginning with LA-Antarte, in 2011, a workforce he represented once more between 2015 and 2016, after passing in Carmin-Prio (2012) and in Banco The model of BIC-Carmin from Tavira (2014), along with the Italian Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest (2013).

After his efficiency in the 2017 Tour, the place he was second behind Alarcón, after profitable the Joaquim Agostinho Trophy, he migrated to the Polish CCC, which the following 12 months rose to the WorldTour, permitting him to take part in the Tour of Italy, the place he was third in nineteenth episode, after being in the top-10 total between the sixth and eleventh episodes.

When he returned to Portugal, he received two Tours of Portugal, inserting himself, together with Joaquim Agostinho and Alves Barbosa, in the third most wins, behind David Blanco (5) and Marco Chagas (4).

“Now, it is time to take pleasure in different issues in life and be there for the folks I like the most. I wish to categorical my particular because of my household, the groups the place I compete, colleagues and opponents who at all times make me higher. and develop as a bicycle owner, and to everybody who helps me in my career”, he stated in the assertion.

Despite having a contract signed with ABTF-Feirense for the present season, Amaro Antunes, who has not competed since June, after the scandal that made the União Ciclista Internacional (UCI) withdraw the license from W52-FC Porto on the eve of the Tour. in Portugal, selected to end his career all of the sudden.

“I hope and hope, given the newest occasions, {that a} new period of biking will emerge in Portugal”, concludes the word signed by the bicycle owner from Vila Nova de Cacela.

Amaro Antunes’ resolution was announced three days after Lusa revealed that the MP accused 26 defendants, together with the former sports activities director Nuno Ribeiro and the workforce’s ‘boss’ Adriano Quintanilha of the sale of prohibited substances and strategies, with the two additionally reply for the crime of administering prohibited substances and strategies and accused, along with the common director Hugo Veloso, of making “a plot” of doping to “improve the income” of the workforce’s runners.


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