MPCC asks Team Sky to suspend Chris Froome
Dec 18 2017 07:59 pm CET

MPCC asks Team Sky to suspend Chris Froome
MPCC asks Team Sky to suspend Chris Froome
Photo of Chris Froome © Mary Cárdenas /

The Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Credible (MPCC) has asked Team Sky to voluntarily suspend its rider Chris Froome as result of the Adverse Analytical Finding in the Vuelta a España.

The movement, of which Team Sky is currently not a member, acknowledges that a provisional suspension of the rider is not mandatory but feels that such a suspension would be the best thing to do at this point.

In a statement sent to the media, the MPCC refers to two articles of its rules.

Article 3: To take responsibility to immediately suspend a rider receiving his first positive testing result. Each member team will inform the President of MPCC as soon as they acknowledge a positive test result sample A.

Aiming to achieve full transparency, and basing itself on this rule, the MPCC "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 defense with serenity, but also to avoid tension among many managers and riders".

In addition, the MPCC refers to Article 9:

TUE must be validated by the physician in charge of the team. It is mandatory for any racer who, due to his health condition, may need a cortisone treatment given systemically -via oral, rectal, intramuscular or intraveinous administration – to be prescribed a sick leave and a competition leave for a minimum of 8 days.

Competition participation will resume, subject to a cortisol levels control yielding normal results. Corticoïd infiltrations, which do not require AUT, will imperatively be validated by the physician in charge of the team, who will imperatively prescribe a minimum of 8 days of sick leave and competition leave, as well as a cortisol levels control. In case of unusually low cortisol levels, competition will resume after an additional 8-day rest minimum, and back-to-normal cortisol levels.

The movement sees enough reason for the UCI to open an investigation following the words of former Team Sky coach Shane Sutton, who said that some of the medicines requiring a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) were in the past used to enhance performance.

"Given the zero tolerance that everyone advocates and the necessity for transparency, MPCC renews its wish to see Team Sky and all the other teams, sponsors, organizers, national federations, agents, etc… to join MPCC on a voluntary basis. MPCC’s philosophy, alongside the UCI, can make a real difference in the fight against doping," the statement concludes.

At the moment, a total of 43 cycling teams including seven WorldTour formations form part of the MPCC. These teams are AG2R La Mondiale, Bora-hansgrohe, EF Education First-Drapac, Dimension Data, FDJ, Lotto Soudal and Team Sunweb.




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