The Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), which represents more than two-thirds of the UCI WorldTour and Pro Continental teams, issued a press release on its website today, outlining the list of teams, who are facing voluntary suspension, if one or more of their riders fail an anti-doping test in 2015.
For the record, MPCC represents 78% of World Tour and Continental Pro teams. Since 2007, these teams fully apply the internal regulations, based on stricter conditions than AMA’s rules.
Now that the sporting season is over, the MPCC’s Board of Directors decided to report on rules application, particularly about the teams which will now have to suspend themselves in the event of a new violation of the MPCC rules, hoping it will not occur again.
MPCC recalls that riders have a duty and a commitment to follow WADA and UCI rules. Non-compliance with these regulations affects the team and more generally cycling’s image.
– ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI will have to suspend itself for a week if one of its riders violates anti doping rules before May 30th, 2015.
– ASTANA CONTINENTAL, currently suspended by Kazakh federation, will have to suspend itself for five weeks (4+1) if it returns to competition.
– ASTANA WORLD TOUR will have to suspend itself for four weeks if one of its riders violates anti doping rules before August 1st, 2016.
– COLOMBIA will have to suspend itself for one week if one if its riders violates anti doping rules before January 22th, 2015.
– LAMPRE-MERIDA will have to suspend itself for one week if one of its riders violates anti doping rules before May 21st, 2015.
– RUSVELO will have to suspend itself for four weeks if one of its riders violate anti doping rules before March 17th, 2015.
– NERI SOTTOLI will have to suspend itself for one week if one of its riders violates anti doping rules before August 7th, 2015. This team is suspended from MPCC until the next annual general meeting, planned on October 2015.
In any case, self-suspension process will have to wait upon the result of the analysis of the B sample.
For several months, provisions made by the MPCC regulation, which exist ever since MPCC’s creation (2007), have been seen as the essential and undeniable complement to the UCI set of rules.
This straight line held by the MPCC voluntary member teams reflects the complementary nature of our rules with those of UCI and WADA, as a common goal to make the anti doping fight even more efficient.
MPCC recalls that member teams are committed to their pledge: “in case of an ongoing disciplinary prosecution, a rider will be evicted immediately from a race, in order to prevent cycling’s image and credibility to be jeopardized”.
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