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Mondory returns adverse analytical finding for EPO

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Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale)

Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
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Lloyd Mondory (AG2R)

Lloyd Mondory (AG2R)
(Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale)

Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
(Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)
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Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r) wearing the green jersey as leader of the Points classification

Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r) wearing the green jersey as leader of the Points classification
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Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r), winner of the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Burgos

Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r), winner of the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Burgos
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Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale) waits for a new rear-wheel

Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale) waits for a new rear-wheel
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Lloyd Mondory has returned an adverse analytical finding for EPO, the UCI announced on Tuesday. The Ag2r-La Mondiale rider returned the positive test in an out-of-competition control on 17 February and has been provisionally suspended pending the analysis of the B sample.

"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," read a statement released on Tuesday afternoon.

A professional since 2004, Mondory has spent his entire career at the Ag2r-La Mondiale team. The 32-year-old finished 7th in the Clasica de Almeria two days before his positive test and lined up at Strade Bianche at the weekend.

Mondory is the second Ag2r-La Mondiale rider to test positive for EPO in recent seasons following Steve Houanard's positive test at the end of the 2012 season.

The following season Ag2r-La Mondiale suspended itself from the Critérium du Dauphiné as per Movement for Credible Cycling rules when Sylvain Georges returned a positive test for the stimulant heptaminol.

As more than 12 months have passed since that infraction, Ag2r-La Mondiale will not be compelled by the MPCC to suspend itself should the B-sample confirm Mondory's positive.