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by Shane Stokes
January 9, 2018
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Over two and a half years after the team quit the anti-doping group MPCC [Mouvement Pour Un Cyclisme Crédible], Italian squad Bardiani-CSF has decided to join it again. The squad announced the decision on Monday, saying that its general manager Bruno Reverberi and team manager Roberto Reverberi did so due to the “will to strengthen more and more the internal policy on anti-doping and transparency.”
In June 2015 the team exited the voluntary group, which imposes additional demands on teams than standard anti-doping regulations. It did so after the MPCC was critical about an unnamed team member it said had abnormally low cortisol levels. The natural hormone can be lowered by the use of cortisone, as well as for other reasons.
MPCC rules say that a rider with low cortisol levels should not be allowed to start the race in question; under those regulations, Bardiani-CSF should have withdrawn the rider. However the team ignored this instruction and, stung by the MPCC criticism, left the group. It has now reversed that decision.
“Last month, after a clarifying conversation with the President of the Association Roger Legeay, the team officially presented its purpose to become member again,” it said in a statement. “On December the 27th, the MPCC Board of Directors validated the membership. The decision of Bardiani-CSF is based on the sharing of values and purposes promoted by MPCC to have a more and more clean cycling, a relevant and prevailing factor over the contrasts emerged in the past.”