Carlos Barredo has abruptly quit cycling in the fallout from questions over his biological passport that sidelined him this season.
The 31-year-old Spaniard has been dogged with doubts about his passport numbers dating back to 2010.
His former team, Rabobank, suspended him in October when the UCI formally asked the Spanish cycling federation to open an inquiry.
Barredo has refused to publicly comment on his imminent retirement, only telling the Spanish daily El País this week that he “has not gone back to the bike.”
Barredo, who hails from Asturias in northern Spain, told the Spanish daily he would begin working in Madrid with his new job at Cafés Toscaf, a coffee importer also based in Barredo’s home region.
Barredo last raced at June’s Critérium du Dauphiné and proclaimed his innocence regarding allegations of blood manipulation. Rabobank dropped him when the UCI made official steps and Barredo has decided to retire, though he has indicated he will try to fight the allegations.
Barredo turned pro in 2004 with Manolo Saíz at Liberty Seguros, but was not directly implicated in the Operación Puerto blood doping scandal that took down the team in 2006.
He raced three seasons with Quick Step, where he won the 2009 Clásica San Sebastián as well as the climbing stage at Lagos de Covadonga in the 2010 Vuelta a España. In 2011, he switched to Rabobank.