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Friday 13, Mar 2015

  French Rider Tests Positive For EPO

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French Rider Tests Positive For EPO

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced that French rider Lloyd Mondory has failed an out-of-competition test for the banned blood-booster Erythropoietin (EPO). The rider has been provisionally suspended and may receive a ban of four years if results of the test are confirmed.

The contract of Mondory was extended two days until 2016 before the positive test. Mondory has since raced Trofeo Laigueglia, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, and Strade Bianche.

It was announced by the world governing body of cycling that it has notified French rider Lloyd Mondory of an Adverse Analytical Finding of EPO in a sample collected in the scope of an out-of-competition control on 17 February 2015. The UCI statement added the rider has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample. It also disclosed that Lloyd Mondory has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair.

The 32-year-old of the Ag2r La Mondiale team returned a positive test for EPO on February 17. Mondory has twice taken part in the Tour de France. In 2004, he turned professional and spent his entire career at Ag2r. Mondory won the French Cup in 2006 and participated in 2009 and 2010. Mondory won Tirenno-Adriatico’s mountains classification in 2008.He also took stage victories in the Etoile de Bessèges in 2011 and the Vuelta a Burgos last year. The French professional road bicycle racer took the second place in a stage of the 2008 Vuelta a España.

Mondory is the first top-level French cyclist to test positive for EPO since Steve Houanard in 2012. Ag2r-La Mondiale suspended itself from the Critérium du Dauphiné under Movement for Credible Cycling in the following season Sylvain Georges returned a positive test for the stimulant heptaminol.  A2gr faces suspension over the charges and participation of the team in this year’s Tour de France is now in question. The team will however not be compelled by the MPCC to suspend itself even if the B-sample of Mondory reveals a positive outcome as the last infraction was more than 12 months ago.

Ag2r manager Vincent Lavenu said he is ashamed and remarked he feels a sense of betrayal. Lavenu added Mondory has been with the team for 12 years and reputation of the team will now be tarnished. The A2gr manager said he cannot handle this and added it is always shameful to receive this kind of information. Lavenu also said Lloyd Mondory was in tears but his explanation doesn’t convince him and he hopes Mondory has the courage to tell the truth and not hide behind false excuses. He went on to add that we are betrayed too much and said this is the third French rider in three years who has acted the idiot, it’s appalling and it is a mixture of shame, betrayal, and discouragement.

Since 1992, Lavenu has been at the helm of the Ag2r team and is among the longest-serving team managers in the peloton.

Ag2r La Mondiale team has previously been struck by doping cases including the arrest of Rodolfo Massi at the 1998 Tour de France and implication of Francisco Mancebo in Operacion Puerto in 2006.

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Friday 25, Jan 2013

  Steve Houanard Suspended For Doping, Leif Hoste Case Under Investigation

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Steve Houanard Suspended For Doping, Leif Hoste Case Under Investigation

French rider Steve Houanard who had returned an adverse analytical finding (presence of EPO) in a urine sample collected during an out-of-competition test on 21 September 2012 has been suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) for a period of two years.

Houanard signed a document accepting the sanction on 18th January 2013. The professional French road cyclist, who last rode for the Ag2r-La Mondiale team, tested positive for EPO. In 2011, he participated to his first Grand Tour, the Vuelta a Espana and finished 133th and his best performance was a 22nd place in 2012 at the Grand Prix cycliste de Québec. Vincent Lavenu, his sports director, was reportedly “saddened and angered” by Houanard testing positive for EPO and provisionally suspended by the UCI. The 26-year-old rider was provisionall

y suspended by the world governing body of cycling last October pending a disciplinary case by the French cycling federation. The cyclist was pulled from the Tour of Beijing by the Ag2r-La Mondiale team when news of his out-of-competition positive test emerged.

In another development, the UCI asked the RLVB (Belgian National Cycling Federation) to instigate a disciplinary procedure against the Belgian rider Leif Hoste for an apparent violation of the anti-doping rules, on the basis of information provided by the blood profile in his biological passport.

The Belgian rider shall be accorded the right to the presumption of innocence until a final decision has been made on this matter and the UCI was unable to provide any additional information at this time in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules. A three-time runner-up in the Tour of Flanders one-day classic, Hoste, announced his retirement at the end of last season, citing problems with back pain. Leif Hoste, the 35-year-old rider rode with Lance Armstrong on the Discovery Channel team in 2005.

The retired Belgian professional road racing cyclist, who last rode for UCI Professional Continental Team team Accent.jobs-Willems Veranda’s won two two stages and the overall title at the 2006 Three Days of De Panne, the 2001, 2006 and 2007 Belgian national time trial championships, and a second place finish at the 2004, 2006 and 2007 one-day classic Ronde van Vlaanderen. Hoste, at the 2006 Paris–Roubaix, was disqualified by the race jury after finishing second for illegally riding though a closed level crossing along with Peter Van Petegem and Vladimir Guse.

While riding for Katusha, Hoste crashed badly in the 2011 Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde and suffered a serious concussion. In August, he was finally diagnosed with a tear in the membrane surrounding his brain. The former Belgian time trial champion had a contract with the Katusha squad that ran through 2012 but was not welcomed by new manager Hans-Michael Holczer after having a devastating 2011 season. He then had to take a step down to Professional Continental level in 2012 but further injury problems prevented him from recapturing his previous form. The 35-year-old Belgian retired after his after Accent.jobs-Willems Verandas team, which was known as Verandas Willems-Accent in 2011, failed to renew his contract and he was not able to secure a place with another team.

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