Amaro Antunes, three times champion of the Tour of Portugal, has announced the end of his career

Amaro Antunes, the three-time winner of Portugal, announced this Monday “instantly” the end of his career, in an announcement despatched to Lusa, wherein he accepts to say goodbye to biking, aged 32, and to lose curiosity and style for coaching. .

“I announce that I’ve determined, after a lot consideration, to go away the biking job, which I acquired 11 years in the past, and to work instantly. Last yr, the dying of my mom is a case of ‘Clean Proof’ […] it made me lose all curiosity and style for research, the must search for one other season to the fullest of my skills”, he says.

Only one of the 11 W52-FC Porto cyclists who was not suspended or prosecuted inside the ‘Prova Limpa’ operation – his colleagues have been prosecuted by the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) for the sale of unlawful substances and strategies. -, Antunes emphasizes that your case is saved.

“Although the farewell is just not what I assumed, I look again on my career with delight. I labored arduous, with quite a bit of ardour and pleasure, and I received good outcomes, in Portugal and at the prime of the WorldTour.”, he remembers what was despatched to the Lusa group.

The Algarve, who turned 32 on November 27, stated goodbye to biking with three victories in the Tour of Portugal underneath his belt, in the books of 2021, 2020 and 2017, this “inheritance” because of the doping ban of the winner, his pal from Spain Raúl Alarcón.

With the W52-FC Porto fashions, he additionally received the ‘queen’ stage of the 2017 Volta ao Algarve, in Alto do Malhão, his common venue, in a class the place he completed fifth total.

It was for the “dragons” that they received an important success in the career that began in LA-Antarte, in 2011, a gaggle that additionally they represented between 2015 and 2016, after passing Carmin-Prio (2012) and Banco. Version of BIC-Carmin from Tavira (2014), along with Italian Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest (2013).

After his success in the 2017 Tour, the place he completed second behind Alarcón, after profitable the Joaquim Agostinho Trophy, he moved to the Polish CCC, which the following yr he climbed to the WorldTour, permitting him to take part in the Tour of Italy, the place. he was third on the nineteenth stage, having been in the prime 10 total between the sixth and eleventh phases.

After returning to Portugal, he received two Portuguese tournaments, putting himself, together with Joaquim Agostinho and Alves Barbosa, in the third most profitable division, behind David Blanco (5) and Marco Chagas (4).

“Now, it is time to take pleasure in different issues in life and to be with the individuals I really like the most. I wish to say an enormous thanks to my household, the groups I competed in opposition to, my associates and the opponents who all the time make me higher. I’m rising as a bike owner, and to all who supported me in my work”, he stated in his speech.

Although he has a contract signed with ABTF-Feirense at the second, Amaro Antunes, who has not competed since June, after the scandal that induced the União Ciclista Internacional (UCI) to withdraw the license from W52-FC Porto on the eve of the Tour. from Portugal, determined to give up his job abruptly.

“I hope and want, based mostly on latest occasions, {that a} new period of biking will come to Portugal”, concludes the assertion signed by the bike owner from Vila Nova de Cacela.

The choice of Amaro Antunes is understood three days after Lusa revealed that the councilor accused 26 prosecutors, together with the former director of the recreation Nuno Ribeiro and the ‘boss’ of the group Adriano Quintanilha for promoting unlawful substances and strategies, and the two additionally reply as a result of the crime of supplying substances and unlawful strategies is charged , along with the normal director Hugo Veloso, that he defined the “system” of doping “to extend the advantages” of the workforce’s athletes.


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