Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 13, 2016

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Chris Froome wins the Critérium du Dauphiné; Cancellara and Sagan triumphant on opening weekend of the Tour de Suisse; Jolien D’hoore takes third consecutive Flanders Diamond Tour; Groenewegen quicker than Griepel in the Rund um Köln; Dehaes beats Boonen to win Ronde van Limburg; Porte blames near-crash for drop from second to fourth overall; Bardet celebrates second overall in race; Contador insists he’s still on course for top form in the Tour de France; Giant-Alpecin leading race to sign Matthews; Gesink crashes out of Tour de Suisse; Two Wanty Groupe Gobert riders withdraw from Dauphiné over cortisol values; Suspected bike thief lassoed by Oregon cowboy; Martyn Ashton shrugs off paralysis to shine on the Fort William downhill course; Tour de Suisse 2016 Prologue: Onboard highlights; Alaphilippe shows off his skillz

Two Wanty Groupe Gobert riders withdraw from Dauphiné over cortisol values

by VeloClub

The final day of the Critérium du Dauphiné saw two unexpected withdrawals, with both Enrico Gasparotto and Bjorn Thurau not starting stage seven. It emerged that they were out as a result of irregular cortisol values, something which member teams of the anti-doping organisation MPCC commit to marking with withdrawals.

“Tests were carried out on Saturday morning on behalf of the Movement for a Credible Cycling (MPCC) association to check their cortisol level,” stated the team in a post on its Facebook page. “Due to the low cortisol level the two riders will not race for a period of minimum eight days in accordance with the MPCC’s article 9.

“Our two riders were treated by their respective doctor for inflammation. The monitoring will be conducted in collaboration with the concerned people. As the MPCC confirms on its website www.mpcc.fr, the test does not concern an anti-doping control. The team confirms more than ever its adhesion to the MPCC and its values.”

While low cortisol values can be a sign of the abuse of corticosteroids, there can also be other reasons. The MPCC said that no inference could be drawn.

“For the sake of clarity: it concerns a voluntary norm and the test does not concern an anti-doping control. Under WADA rules, athletes across all sports, with a cortisol level abnormally low, are entitled to perform their sport in competition (unless an anti-doping test has revealed the unauthorized use of the cortisol hormone).

“The reason for the MPCC member teams to introduce this voluntary norm (below which the rider concerned will withdraw from competition for that minimum period of eight days), is an effort towards all stakeholders and fans of the sport of cycling and to confirm its commitment to clean sport and to show that cycling and MPCC member teams wish to be a frontrunner in that.”