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by Shane Stokes
March 10, 2018
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Although the MPCC already includes many teams from the WorldTour and Pro Continental ranks, the anti-doping group has decided to expand further and enable individual riders to become members. The move is perhaps intended to bypass individual teams who haven’t become members but is, according to the group, also intended to enable riders to show their own symbolic support.
“For several weeks now, many strong-minded riders have spoken publicly on the anti-doping field,” it said in a statement. “The MPCC Board of Directors unanimously decided that the time had come to give riders the opportunity to join the movement to assert their commitment to the defence of ethical cycling.
“Memberships are open to all World Tour, Continental Pro, Continental and UCI women’s team riders, whether or not they are part of the MPCC. You will be regularly informed about the activities of the movement, you will receive the minutes of meeting, but the idea is to go further.”
It said that it panned to organise an annual meeting between the MPCC and the riders, to allow the latter to have a voice at the general assembly and also to study their suggestions to give additional credibility to cycling. “In return, the rider must obviously adhere to the philosophy of the MPCC,” it said. “[To] promote the image of cycling by fighting against doping and all forms of cheating, and respect the internal rules of the movement, including the use of corticosteroids and tramadol.”
The voluntary group imposes tougher anti-doping regulations on its members. A total of 29 out of the 45 WorldTour and Pro Continental teams are part of the MPCC. One which is not is Team Sky, which has resisted calls to join. Friday’s news would seem to enable individual riders from the team to join.