Adriano Quintanilha, boss of the Associação Calvário Várzea Clube de Ciclismo, made public, through an open letter, his position after the suspension of the naming and licensing contract of the W52-FC Porto brand, following the suspension of eight cyclists and two mechanics by doping practices.
Here is the letter in full:
“Felgueiras, August 1, 2022
Dear Reader: Bearing in mind the many misunderstandings and perplexities surrounding the reports of the doping case that afflicts the Calvário Várzea Clube de Ciclismo team, which eventually led to the provisional suspension of its UCI license and the ban consequence of participating in sporting events , I think it is important to clarify what is really going on.
The attention and concern we have for our sponsors, our staff and our athletes justifies it, and this is what moves me in this matter, leading me to meet you. I entered the world of cycling in 1989, from where I retired in 2001. I returned in 2014, having signed in 2016 the current “Naming and Licensing Agreement” with FC Porto, first through Vintage Podium and later, until today, through the Calvário Várzea Cycling Club Association. I am not and have never been a professional cyclist.
My whole life has been dedicated to the world of clothing, working hard and daily in my businesses. For this reason, I have delegated functions to professionals with the aim of having a winning team, with the best possible conditions, only comparable to those of teams that race at World Tour World Tour level, honoring uncreated debts by me vis-à-vis the athletes and the UCI, and engaging those who seemed to me to be the best professionals, always ensuring that they act in strict compliance with all sporting rules, namely fair- play and the non-use of doping substances.
It is therefore with the greatest surprise and astonishment that last April, I was confronted at my home, where I was resting, by my athletes and other staff, realizing the existence of the legal proceedings in progress. Seeing the state of desperation of some athletes, I quickly tried to become an assistant in the same, which I was refused. However, believing in his words and in the fact that the analyzes carried out were negative, I did what any human being would do with the least principle: defend my athletes, which I will continue to do until proven otherwise. Of course, anyone who has proven wrongdoing must formally and publicly apologize, either to myself or to the Club and its sponsors. Anyone who knows me even a little knows that I fight for the values of truth, honesty and respect for the word, values that I received from my parents, from humble people, but from good people, that is why I do not see myself in this attempt to assassinate the character of which I am the target with my sponsors.
I accept that we can and must always do better: Clubs, Portuguese Cycling Federation and Anti-Doping Authority of Portugal (ADOP). This is why, in my team, I have given and will continue to give instructions so that transparency and zero tolerance are rules known to all. It is in this line of action that we have implemented an internal Code of Conduct, adapted to the latest anti-doping legislation.
Finally, I hope this letter can help each reader to come closer to the truth that we all desire. It is true that Portuguese cycling demands and deserves, and it is certain that I will not abandon this objective so quickly, because I am already preparing the future with our main partners.
Sincerely, Adriano Quintanilha”