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Sébastien Joly diagnosed with cancer

Sébastien Joly (centre)

Sébastien Joly (centre) (Image credit: Régis Garnier)

By Jean-François Quénet in Compiègne

Late last month, French rider Sébastien Joly announced that he would stop riding after a tumour was discovered at an undisclosed location in his body, and the Française des Jeux rider found out yesterday that the growth was cancerous. "I expected it," he said from his home in the Rhône valley. "I'll undergo several months of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. I'm hopeful because I was told the treatment is pretty efficient for this kind of cancer."

Joly was full of praise for the members of the cycling community who have leant him much support. "I have received a lot of supportive messages and I thank all the people who did it," he said. "I'm prepared to put a lot of effort into my recovery. I have come to terms with my sickness now. I watch the Tour de France every day and I aim at having a quiet time."

Joly, 28, was in the peak of form when his diagnosis came, having won the Paris-Camembert earlier this year.