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In a week when the Cycling Independent Reform Commission stated that it would be foolish to believe the doping problem in cycling was a thing of the past, the UCI announced Tuesday that a member of the WorldTour peloton has been snagged for EPO use.
“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces 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,” it stated.
Mondory is yet to tell the governing body if he wishes his B sample to be analysed.
As per UCI rules, he is now provisionally suspended. He will face a likely four year ban if the B sample confirms the result of the A analysis. This is almost always the case.
Mondory is a 32 year old rider with the Ag2r La Mondiale team. He won Tirenno-Adriatico’s mountains classification in 2008 and also took stage victories in the Etoile de Bessèges in 2011 and the Vuelta a Burgos last year.
He finished seventh in the Clasica de Almeria on February 15, two days before his out of competition test.
The UCI has said that it will not comment further at this point in time. It is not clear if suspicion was triggered by any test he may have done in Almeria or if his biological passport was of a concern.