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AG2R suspends Biondi

The French cycling team AG2R has suspended its assistant directeur sportif Laurent Biondi, who has been charged with "possession, transportation and acquisition" of doping products yesterday. In a press statement, team director Vincent Lavenu said that "[the suspension] will be effective until official conclusions have been pronounced on his case. This decision was taken in accordance with the team's engagement to respect the Ethical Charter and fight against doping."

Meanwhile, Biondi's lawyer has announced that his client, who has been released from custody on Tuesday, was accused of "personal use" of illicit substances only, not of participating in a traffic ring of 'pot belge', a dangerous mixture of cocaine, heroine, amphetamines and pain killers, that was unveiled by French and Belgian investigators recently.

"I formally negate what I have been accused of," Biondi said yesterday as he was leaving the Bordeaux courthouse. "The people who have been making those accusations are liars." The former professional road cyclist will be confronting the two persons incriminating him in the next few weeks. He has also specified that he is ready to provide authorities with samples taken from his body in order to prove that he has never used any doping products, his lawyer declared.

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