2X GRAN FONDO WORLD CHAMPION TESTS POSITIVE FOR EPO

05/08/19 45-year-old two-time UCI 2018 Gran Fondo World Champion and four time Spanish masters champion Raúl Portillo tested positive for EPO (erythropoietin) recently and has been suspended by the Basque Anti-Doping Agency (AVA) El Correo news reports.

CYCLING GRAN FONDO
© DEIA/Raúl Portillo

His 2018 world championship time in the 22.5km time trial was 28:15 at an average speed of 46.7kph. Two days later he won the road race.  Afterwards he told Spanish news service DEIA, “I knew I was in the best physical condition of my life.”

CYCLING GRAN FONDO
PORTILLO (1ST ROW, 3RD FROM RIGHT) AT 2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. ©UCIGFWS

Riding for the Norinver Cycling Team, he also racked up wins in 2018 at Three Days of Mallorca, Volta a la Marina Alta-Parcent and Trofeo Ayunt.Pielagos-Carandia.

He has the right to appeal the anti-doping test results and suspension.