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by Shane Stokes
January 9, 2018
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The MPCC is a voluntary anti-doping group with additional regulations. Photo by Sport-phot.com/Nicolas Götz
Making official the Bardiani-CSF news, the MPCC said that the squad was being readmitted on a probationary basis.
“On 27 December, the MPCC’s Board of Directors validated their membership on probation,” it said in a statement. “The purpose of the movement is not to refuse teams applications. We will always be pleased when a team wants to commit to rules that are stricter than international authorities.
“In return, the MPCC demands an uncompromising respect for the regulation of the movement before considering full membership. Back in 2015, Bardiani-CSF de fact excluded itself from the movement by not complying with the internal regulation.”
The squad had three doping cases last season: Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola Ruffoni tested positive for GH-Releasing Peptides, while traces of the banned diuretic furosemide was discovered in a sample provided by Michael Bresciani.
It faces a battle to secure a wildcard invite for the 2018 Giro d’Italia. As a result some may therefore question if re-joining the MPCC has been done in order to achieve that target.