Nuno Ribeiro and Adriano Quintanilha were accused of creating a doping scheme at W52-FC Porto

The function is to “improve the earnings” of cyclists, in accordance with the Public Ministry.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office accused Nuno Ribeiro, Adriano Quintanilha and common director Hugo Veloso of creating “a plot” of doping at W52-FC Porto, to “improve the earnings” of the cyclists, in accordance with the indictment during which Lusa have entry.

According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP), which accused 26 defendants of trafficking in unlawful substances and strategies, and of these 14 of dealing with unlawful items and strategies, inside the scope of Prova Limpa that operation, Adriano Sousa, generally referred to as Adriano Quintanilha and boss of W52-FC Porto, its former sports activities director Nuno Ribeiro and Hugo Veloso, the accountant and common supervisor of the staff, will kind, “at least from the yr 2020 “, the aim “to extend the earnings of their cyclists. […] to get higher outcomes”.

Thus, “in pursuit of their function”, the three defendants “created a plan during which the cyclists below their command”, 10 of them additionally accused on this course of, “begin utilizing doping practices, which is the continued use of blood manipulation, which constitutes a bootleg technique, in addition to the dealing with and consumption of illicit substances”.

MP thought of that Nuno Ribeiro, “utilizing the skilled superiority he holds over the cyclists in his staff, […] promoted amongst them the consumption of prohibited substances”, particularly betamethasone, progress hormones, testosterone and insulin, amongst others, in addition to “taking and returning blood”, a observe generally referred to as -fertilized blood.

“They are taught a lot of strategies to introduce them to the physique in order that they don’t seem to be detected by the anti-doping controls, […] in addition to giving them the directions for its administration”, instructing them “the times, hours and strategies of administration of the stated substances, making an allowance for, that’s, the dates of the assessments”, reads the indictment , which lists the various events during which it has taken place, such because the 2021 editions of the Volta a Portugal, Volta do Alentejo or Troféu Joaquim Agostinho, or the Volta ao Algarve and the Grande Prêmio O Jogo, already in 2022.

According to the dispatch, to which the Lusa company had entry this Friday, Nuno Ribeiro and his deputy, José Rodrigues, “with the data and consent” of Adriano Quintanilha and Hugo Veloso, “purchase, ship and determine that their cyclists has to handle “substances” that seem within the listing of prohibited substances and strategies used”.

The former sports activities director of the “blues and whites” was particularly focused within the accusation, exhibiting that Ribeiro obtained the substances “to later ship them to the cyclists, retaining them at residence and in accommodations, in case of competitors”, “ready. the substances and left them in syringes within the cyclists’ rooms or referred to as them to their room and handed them to them to devour”, and “requested them what they took and when”.

The 45-year-old former bike owner, who as a runner misplaced his victory within the 2009 Tour because of doping, additionally purchased the required materials for blood transfusions and even “made certain that there are at all times blood luggage accessible for of cyclists within the bus and within the transport automobile […] and for the gathering within the rooms and accommodations of the luggage containing the blood of the cyclists and for his or her redelivery at the time when the reintroduction ought to happen”.

The Department of Investigation and Criminal Action (DIAP) of Porto detailed the substances seized below the “Prova Limpa” operation, launched on April 24, 2022, that are these within the possession of 10 accused former W52 – FC Porto traffickers in unlawful. substances and strategies, and that “the defendants, throughout phone conversations with one another, averted speaking in regards to the names of prohibited substances” and acts, utilizing “code phrases / expression with the intention of making their exercise troublesome to detect. by the sports activities and police authorities”.

João Rodrigues, Rui Vinhas, Ricardo Mestre, Samuel Caldeira, Daniel Mestre, José Neves and Ricardo Vilela – already suspended by the Portuguese Anti-Doping Authority -, and Joni Brandão, José Gonçalves and Jorge Magalhães, whose circumstances are nonetheless ongoing at the sports activities stage , is the previous W52-FC Porto riders represent the defendants by order, with Daniel Freitas, who represented the dragons between 2016 and 2018, are the opposite cyclists accused of trafficking in prohibited substances and procedures, whereas the case of Amaro Antunes, three-time champion of the Tour, has been archived.

“To get hold of such substances, the accused Nuno Ribeiro and the accused cyclists turned to individuals they trusted or exchanged such substances between themselves”, added the order.

For the DIAP of Porto, “Adriano Sousa, Hugo Veloso and Nuno Ribeiro will at all times work along with efforts and intentions by way of a plan drawn up by them, within the skilled hierarchical belief that the cyclists that make up the […] W52-FC Porto is set to devour prohibited substances and to make use of strategies that they know are prohibited”, which they do with the intention of “gaining patrimonial and non-patrimonial benefits for the staff” .

The three, in addition to José Rodrigues, “severe abuse of their career, violation of duties to behave in favor of the sporting growth of modality and cyclists and sporting reality, encouraging and selling doping of sports activities practitioners” .

The dispatch stated, nevertheless, that the 11 cyclists concerned were “working towards the details […] at all times freely, voluntarily and consciously, with the only and concrete function of, by way of the consumption of prohibited substances and manipulation of blood or the use of different prohibited strategies, to acquire cash and non-money, personally or for within the group”.


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