Saint-Amand-Montrond, France, March 10, 2015 (AFP) – The world of cycling
was hit by another doping scandal on Tuesday when French rider Lloyd Mondory
was revealed to have tested positive for EPO, the International Cycling Union
(UCI) have announced.
Mondory, 32, of the AG2R La Mondiale team, who has twice taken part in the
Tour de France, returned a positive test for the performance-enhancing blood
booster on February 17.
“I’m ashamed, I’m ashamed, I’m ashamed,” said AG2R manager Vincent Lavenu.
“I feel a sense of betrayal, he’s been with us for 12 years and now the
team’s reputation will be tarnished,” he added, after the second stage of the
Paris-Nice race finished at Saint-Amand-Montrond.
Mondory turned professional in 2004 and has spent his entire career at
AG2R, winning the French Cup in 2006, and riding in the Tour de France in 2009
Two days before the positive test, Mondory finished seventh in the Clasica
Almeria race and recently had his contract extended until 2016.
“I cannot handle this, there has been too much work and too much
investment. My life is cycling and when the UCI contact us, it is always
shameful (to receive this kind of information),” continued Lavenu.
“He (Mondory) was in tears but his explanation doesn’t convince me. I hope
he has the courage to tell the truth and not hide behind false excuses.” added
Mondory is the first top level French cyclist, since team-mate Steve
Houanard in 2012, to test positive for EPO.
The team also face suspension over the charges and are in danger of having
their participation in this year’s Tour de France participation called into