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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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Tuesday 11, Jun 2013

  Armstrong Calls Di Luca ‘Stupid’ For Positive Test

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Armstrong Calls Di Luca ‘Stupid’ For Positive Test

The first major race of cycling since the end of the Lance Armstrong case was rattled by another high-profile positive doping test with former Giro d’Italia winner Danilo Di Luca testing positive for EPO in a surprise check at his home before this year’s race.

Di Luca risks a lifetime ban since this is his third offence if the same is confirmed in a backup “B” sample. Di Luca said upon leaving his team’s hotel in northern Italy that he was not expecting the test and it was a surprise for him and he is disappointed. Luca added that he will be asking for the backup analysis. The test on Di Luca was carried out April 29, five days before the Giro started.

The positive test of Luca surprised Lance Armstrong who said on twitter, “really Di Luca? Are you that … stupid??”

This is the second doping case from this year’s Giro d’Italia after French rider Sylvain Georges tested positive for the banned stimulant Heptaminol in a urine sample after the seventh stage after which he was immediately withdrawn from the race.

Di Luca has been provisionally suspended by the UCI, the governing body of cycling, pending a hearing with the Italian cycling federation and the Vini Fantini-Selle Italia squad fired the 37-year-old Italian rider. Giro race director Mauro Vegni said Danilo has betrayed cycling once again and added that he is happy he was not a young rider. Vegni also remarked that Danilo belongs to a generation that has navigated through the doping system.

The test result of Di Luca drew a harsh rebuke from Vini Fantini team director Luca Scinto who said Di Luca is an idiot and he never wanted him and added that Di Luca is sick and he needs to be helped. Di Luca signed with Vini Fantini on April 26 after seemingly headed for retirement just a few months ago. Vini Fantini team director and others were against hiring him but sponsors eventually prevailed. Scinto added that the sponsors chose Luca and now they’ve got to take responsibility and the team is now considering the option of suing Di Luca for damaging its image.

This Giro d’Italia saw Di Luca departing in 26th place overall, 33 minutes, 33 seconds behind overall leader Vincenzo Nibali. After the test result was announced, Italian cycling federation president Renato Di Rocco called for the most severe punishment and we can put out there all the prevention instruments we want — both in terms of informing and testing — but we are weaponless when faced with stupidity and Di Luca has especially betrayed the new generation of cyclists that are restoring the credibility and image of Italian cycling.

The cyclist was given a ban of three months after winning the 2007 Giro and saw his name getting embroiled into controversy later in the year for frequent visits to Carlo Santuccione, a physician at the centre of a four-year doping investigation titled Oil for Drugs. Di Luca was stripped of his second-place finish and two stage wins in the 2009 Giro.

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