Usau's contract depends on Mancebo case

French team AG2R Prévoyance is in a dilemma after Tour de France team leader Francisco Mancebo was suspended by his team just ahead of the event in June this year, because of possible implication in the Operation Puerto affair in Spain. Since then, the Spaniard continued to receive his salary without participating in races, taking up an important part of the team's budget. As a consequence, team manager Vincent Lavenu has no other choice than to wait for the Spanish cycling federation to start disciplinary proceedings against the rider. If he is banned, Lavenu will terminate Mancebo's contract and make the team's sprinter Alexandre Usau an offer for the coming seasons - if not, Mancebo has the right to return to competition with his French team.

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