photo credits @ AG2R – La Mondiale
Lloyd Mondory is the second rider this week to be ensnared by the UCI’s crackdown on “doping”, after cycling’s governing body announced today, that the French rider tested positive for EPO use back in February.
As a result, the UCI has handed Mondory a four-year ban, after test results proved positive that the former Ag2r La Mondiale was using the banned substance.
Mondory was informed of his positive test in March, with the sample coming from a test on February 17 – two days after the French rider finished seventh in the Clasica de Almeria.
“The Anti-Doping Tribunal found Mr Lloyd Mondory guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (presence of EPO) and imposed a 4-year period of ineligibility on the rider,” the UCI wrote in a statement.
The 32-year-old rode for Ag2r for his whole professional career, joining the French team in 2004.
Today’s decision is likely to rule out any hopes for Mondory resuming his career in the future, as he will be 37 years old when his ban is lifted.
“I’m ashamed, I’m ashamed, I’m ashamed,” said Ag2r manager Vincent Lavenu following the adverse analytical finding in March. “I feel a sense of betrayal; he’s been with us for 12 years, and now the team’s reputation will be tarnished.”
Earlier this week, Mauro Santambrogio has handed a similar ban, after he too tested positive for EPO use earlier this season.
From the UCI
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the Anti-Doping Tribunal has rendered its decision in the case involving Lloyd Mondory.
The Anti-Doping Tribunal found Mr. Lloyd Mondory guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (presence of EPO) and imposed a 4-year period of ineligibility on the rider.
In accordance with the Procedural Rules of the Anti-Doping Tribunal, the decision will shortly be published on the UCI website.
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