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by Shane Stokes
March 7, 2018
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Responding to Chris Froome’s ongoing anti-doping rules violation case plus Monday’s publication of an investigative inquiry into the use of triamcinolone by Bradley Wiggins, the MPCC has called on the UCI to change the sport’s regulations and to strengthen its rules.
Both Wiggins and Froome won the Tour de France with Team Sky, which has thus far declined to join the MPCC. The group is a voluntary anti-doping organisation which imposes tougher regulations on its members than the standard UCI and WADA rules.
“29 out of the 45 first and second division’s teams are members of the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible,” the MPCC pointed out in its statement. “This is a big part of the international peloton. Many of them are first class riders, including world champion Peter Sagan, Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin, and 2nd and 3rd of the last Tour de France: Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet.”
It added that all of the members of teams aligned with the MPCC agree to immediately withdraw from racing as soon as a rider receives news of a positive A-sample test.
“On the 18th of December 2017, following the announcement of 4 times Tour de France winner Chris Froome’s abnormal control, the MPCC and its board asked Team Sky to ‘immediately suspend the rider until the end of the procedure, without waiting for the final decision. That would help both the rider and the team to implement a defence strategy with serenity, avoiding any irritation coming from other staffs and riders.’ Team Sky chose not to suspend its rider until the end of the procedure as Christopher Froome took part in the Ruta del Sol’s first stage on the 14th of February.”
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