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by Shane Stokes
December 19, 2017
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The MPCC anti-doping movement may not have Team Sky amongst its members, but it has nevertheless called on the team to suspend Chris Froome over his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol. In a release issued on Monday, it referred to its Article 3 which states that a MPCC team rider should be suspended immediately when an A-sample positive result occurs.
“These rules that the team members commit to were made with a clear purpose: transparency,” it stated. “This is for the benefit of all, and to benefit cycling as well. This is the reason why MPCC and its Board of Directors, without making any assumption towards the final decision, asks Team Sky to suspend its rider on a voluntary basis until the end of the procedure. This measure would allow the rider and its team to focus on their defence with serenity, but also to avoid tension among many managers and riders.”
Team Sky is free to ignore the request, given that it is not a MPCC member. However there is a possible advantage to such a move. Were Froome to be given a sanction for salbutamol readings double the legal limit, that sanction would begin at the point from which a rider self-suspended or his team sidelined him.
The MPCC also wants the sport’s governing body to look into another matter concerning the team. “MPCC also requests that UCI opens an inquiry following Shane Sutton’s statements,” it said. “The former Team Sky and UK’s national team’s coach admitted that some of the medicine requiring a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) might have been use to enhance performance.”
It ended its statement to call on Team Sky and others to join the MPCC, stating that the group’s philosophy can help make “a real difference in the fight against doping.”
Click through to read the full message on the MPCC page.