Paris - Nice 2015 Stage - 7 ITT
  • Derek Maher

    I guess Lotto have realised that joining this group while having some publicity benefits,Can also blow up in your face.
    I must confess to being surprised that a rider can be banned as a result of a single test result ?.
    Although one assumes Lotto read the rule book of this group before signing on with them.This may be a warning to future teams to avoid getting involved.

  • donncha

    Seems like Lotto-Jumbo want the cachet of being an MPCC member without actually having to abide by the rules. My understanding was that the low cortisol sit-out was to avoid potential for abuse of cortisol and the attitude was that any rider that required treatment with cortisone probably shouldn’t be racing anyway. If, as Bennet claims, his low reading was due to declared, known medication, then why weren’t Lotto-Jumbo monitoring his levels properly before one of the biggest races of the season. They knew the rules. How hard would it have been to make sure that Bennet’s cortisol level remained at an acceptable level?

    Will be interesting to see if their riders suddenly start riding well, because they’ve had a quiet year so far.

    • donncha

      Incidentally, here’s the MPCC’s response: http://www.mpcc.fr/index.php/en/news-uk/item/443-cortisol-levels-mpcc-s-answer-to-lottonl-jumbo
      TL:DR; Up yours, you knew the rules and you f’d up :D

    • jules

      as I interpret it, the MPCC have ruled that a low cortisol level itself poses a risk to a rider’s health, and that this is justifies requiring the rider to sit out competition until their cortisol level increases back to ‘normal’.

      I don’t understand Lotto’s argument. they are supporting the fight against corticosteroid abuse, but arguing that a single test result doesn’t prove that a rider was abusing it. however – they concede that Bennett was taking corticosteroids in the form of asthma medication! I don’t get it – isn’t this precisely the sort of scenario the rule is intended to work for?

      Lotto seem to be arguing that a pattern of test results should be used. but surely this would allow a rider to just stop taking corticosteroids after an initial positive result? or are they arguing that a pattern of results could show that a rider had naturally low levels of cortisol? if so, that doesn’t make sense for Bennett’s case – which they admit is due to administering medication.

      I think Lotto are spinning BS to make it sound like they’re being hard done by, and trying to play the victim.

  • Derek Maher

    If asthma medication which one assumes is needed by a patient on a regular basis.One cannot demand they stop useing it.
    Unless of course victims of asthma are to be excluded from the sport.
    Asthma can take several forms,You can be born with it and often grow out of the problem.Or develop it in later life which is worse because in most cases you are stuck with the symptoms.Of course it maybe the MPCC rules do not cover exceptions and further clarification might be needed.

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