Cyclist Sergio Paulinho is, from today, Commander of the Order of Infante D. Henrique, a Portuguese state distinction by winning the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics.
Early in an Olympic year, the President of the Republic, Cavaco Silva, honored the president of the Olympic Committee of Portugal, José Manuel Constantino and three medalists in Olympic sports.
In addition to Sérgio Paulinho, received the award Hugo Rocha and Nuno Barreto.
Following his Olympic performance, he was signed by the Liberty Seguros-Würth team. He was implicated in the Operación Puerto doping case but was later cleared by Spanish officials of any links to the Operación Puerto doping case. He took his first Grand Tour stage win in Vuelta a Espana 2006, on stage 10. He joined the Discovery Channel team at the end of the season.
In 2004 he also won the Portuguese national time trial Championship and stages 7 and 10 of the Tour of Portugal. In 2008, he won again the national time trial championship. He joined Lance Armstrong's Team RadioShack in 2010, along with fellow countrymen Tiago Machado and directeur sportif José Azevedo. On 14 July 2010, he won the 10th stage of the Tour de France
Grand Tour General Classification results timeline
2003 ASC-Vila do Conde
2005–2006 Liberty Seguros–Würth
2007 Discovery Channel
2010–2011 Team RadioShack
2012– Team Saxo Bank