W52–FC Porto

W52–FC Porto (UCI team code: W52) is a professional road bicycle racing team, which participated in UCI Continental Circuits races before a doping scandal. This team is based in Felgueiras, Portugal,[1] its title sponsors are clothing brand W52, and sports club FC Porto.[2]

W52–FC Porto
Team information
UCI codeW52
Founded2004 (2004)
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerAdriano Sousa
Team manager(s)
Team name history
Casactiva–Quinta das Arcas–UCS
Casactiva–Quinta das Arcas–Madeilongo–UCS
Casactiva–Quinta das Arcas–Aluvia
Pauperval–Estanhos Dom António–Valongo
OFM–Quinta da Lixa–Goldentimes
W52–Quinta da Lixa
W52–FC Porto–Porto Canal
W52–FC Porto–Mestre da Cor
W52–FC Porto

Founded in 2004, the team spent the first eight years competing at youth level (up to under-23) until it was registered as a UCI Continental team in 2013, under the commercial designation of OFM–Quinta da Lixa–Goldentimes. That year, the team competed for the first time in the Volta a Portugal, where it won three stages and, through Alejandro Marque, the general classification.[3] The team won the general classification in the following four editions – through Gustavo César (2), Rui Vinhas and João Rodrigues – and added victories in the team classification.[4][5]

In 2022, the team's sports license was revoked by UCI for doping, with seven cyclists being suspended from three to seven years.

Doping scandalEdit

In March 2021, W52–FC Porto's rider Raúl Alarcón had 19 victories stripped for doping, including two wins at Volta a Portugal.[6][7] In April 2022, twelve cyclists of W52–FC Porto were made arguidos (formal suspects) in relation to a doping scandal.[8][9] Later in July, eight cyclists and two mechanics were suspended for 120 days by ADoP,[10] with the UCI revoking the team's sports license days later, thus excluding W52–FC Porto from the 2022 Volta a Portugal.[11]

On 4 October 2022, seven W52–FC Porto riders were banned for doping: João Rodrigues, for a total of seven years, Rui Vinhas, Ricardo Mestre, Ricardo Vilela, Daniel Mestre, José Neves, and Samuel Caldeira, for three years each.[12]

Team rosterEdit

As of 11 February 2022.[13]
Rider Date of birth
  Amaro Antunes (POR) (1990-11-27) 27 November 1990 (age 32)
  Joni Brandão (POR) (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 (age 33)
  Samuel Caldeira (POR) (1985-11-30) 30 November 1985 (age 37)
  José Fernandes (POR) (1995-10-30) 30 October 1995 (age 27)
  José Gonçalves (POR) (1989-02-13) 13 February 1989 (age 33)
  Jorge Magalhães (POR) (1997-02-10) 10 February 1997 (age 25)
Rider Date of birth
  Daniel Mestre (POR) (1986-04-01) 1 April 1986 (age 36)
  Ricardo Mestre (POR) (1983-09-11) 11 September 1983 (age 39)
  Guilherme Mota (POR) (2000-07-12) 12 July 2000 (age 22)
  João Rodrigues (POR) (1994-11-15) 15 November 1994 (age 28)
  Ricardo Vilela (POR) (1987-12-18) 18 December 1987 (age 34)
  Rui Vinhas (POR) (1986-12-06) 6 December 1986 (age 35)

Major winsEdit

  Overall Troféu RTP, Gilberto Sampaio
  Overall Volta à Madeira, Bruno Silva
Prologue, Team time trial
Stages 1, 2 & 4, Bruno Silva
Stage 3, Luís Afonso
Stage 5, Jorge Silva
  Overall Troféu RTP, Carlos Baltazar
  Overall Troféu RTP Jocilma/Ribeiro da Silva/Cidade de Lordelo, Carlos Baltazar
  Overall Troféu RTP Município de Valongo, Carlos Baltazar
  Overall Volta a Portugal do Futuro, Marco Cunha
Stages 2, 3 & 4, Marco Cunha
Stage 5 Carlos Baltazar
Stages 2 & 3 Volta a Portugal do Futuro, Bruno Silva
  Overall Volta a Albergaria, Francisco Costa
  Overall Grande Prémio Liberty Seguros, Delio Fernandez
  Overall Troféu Joaquim Agostinho, Eduard Prades
Stage 3, Eduard Prades
  Overall Volta a Portugal, Alejandro Marque
Stage 3, Delio Fernandez
Stage 8, Gustavo Veloso
Stage 9 (ITT), Alejandro Marque
Stage 2 Volta ao Alentejo, Eduard Prades
Stage 5 Volta ao Alentejo, Samuel Caldeira
  Overall Troféu Joaquim Agostinho, Delio Fernandez
  Overall Volta a Portugal, Gustavo Veloso
Stage 9 (ITT), Gustavo Veloso
  Overall Volta a Portugal, Gustavo Veloso
Stages 2 & 7, Delio Fernández
Stages 6 & 9, Gustavo Veloso
  Overall Tour do Rio, Gustavo Veloso
Stage 2, Gustavo Veloso
  Overall Volta a Portugal, Rui Vinhas
Prologue, Rafael Reis
Stages 4, 6 & 10, Gustavo Veloso
Stage 5 Volta ao Algarve, Amaro Antunes
  Overall Vuelta a Asturias, Raúl Alarcón
Stage 3, Raúl Alarcón
Stage 1 Vuelta Ciclista Comunidad de Madrid, Raúl Alarcón
Stage 3 GP Beiras e Serra da Estrela, Raúl Alarcón
  Overall Trofeu Joaquim Agostinho, Amaro Antunes
Stage 2, Amaro Antunes
  Overall Volta a Portugal, Raúl Alarcón
Stages 1 & 4, Raúl Alarcón[6]
Stage 2, Samuel Caldeira
Stages 5 & 10 (ITT), Gustavo Veloso
Stage 9, Amaro Antunes
Stage 5 (ITT) Volta ao Alentejo, Gustavo Veloso
Stage 2 GP Beiras e Serra da Estrela, César Fonte
Stage 3 Vuelta a Asturias, Ricardo Mestre
  Trofeu Joaquim Agostinho, José Fernandes
  Overall Grande Prémio de Portugal N2, Raúl Alarcón
Stage 1, Raúl Alarcón
  Overall Volta a Portugal, Raúl Alarcón[6]
Stages 3, 4 & 9, Raúl Alarcón
  Overall Volta ao Alentejo, João Rodrigues
Stage 5 (ITT), João Rodrigues
GP Beiras e Serra da Estrela, Daniel Mestre
Stage 3 Vuelta a Asturias, Edgar Pinto
Prologue GP Internacional Torres Vedras, Gustavo César
  Overall Volta a Portugal, João Rodrigues
Prologue, Samuel Caldeira
Stage 3, Daniel Mestre
Stage 4 & 10 (ITT), João Rodrigues
Stage 9, António Carvalho
  Overall Volta a Portugal, Amaro Antunes
Prologue & Stage 8 (ITT), Gustavo César
Stage 2, Amaro Antunes
  Overall Volta ao Algarve, João Rodrigues
  Portugal Road Race Championships, José Fernandes
Stage 4 Volta ao Alentejo, Daniel Mestre
Stage 3 Trofeu Joaquim Agostinho, José Fernandes
  Overall Volta a Portugal, Amaro Antunes

National ChampionshipsEdit

  Portuguese National Road Race, José Fernandes

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "W52–FC Porto–Mestre da Cor". ProCyclingStats.com. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Dragons return to cycling, 31 years later". FC Porto. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  3. ^ "OFM – Quinta da Lixa 2013". ProCyclingStats.com. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  4. ^ "OFM – Quinta da Lixa 2014". ProCyclingStats.com. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  5. ^ "W52–Quinta da Lixa 2015". ProCyclingStats.com. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Raúl Alarcón is suspended for doping and loses two rounds to Portugal". World Today News. 10 March 2021. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Raúl Alarcón perde duas Voltas a Portugal devido a suspensão por doping" [Raúl Alarcón loses two Volta a Portugal for doping suspension]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 10 March 2021. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  8. ^ W52-FC Porto: 12 arguidos no escândalo de doping
  9. ^ Detenções após escândalo de doping podem levar a extinção da W52-FC Porto
  10. ^ Doping. Oito ciclistas da W52-FC Porto suspensos preventivamente
  11. ^ Brown, Roy (27 July 2022). "UCI withdraws W52-FC Porto license. From tons of banned pills to blood bags". The Nation View. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  12. ^ 7 W52-FC Porto riders get doping bans, former Volta a Portugal winner João Rodrigues banned for 7 years
  13. ^ "W52 / FC Porto". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 11 February 2022.

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