Tom Dumoulin criticises MPCC: They say they want to protect riders' health but said nothing about Paris-Nice
May 25 2020 01:59 am CET

Tom Dumoulin criticises MPCC: They say they want to protect riders' health but said nothing about Paris-Nice
Tom Dumoulin criticises MPCC: They say they want to protect riders' health but said nothing about Paris-Nice
Photo of Tom Dumoulin by Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Tom Dumoulin has unveiled that he moved away from the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Credible (MPCC) after it failed to take stand in the 2020 Paris-Nice.

By the time the French race started (March 8), the world was already concerned about the coronavirus pandemic, news from Italy were not favourable and the mandatory quarantine in the peloton that was at the UAE Tour was known. Despite this, the organisation of the race decided to continue and only the last stage was cancelled.

This was the straw that broke the camel's back for the relationship of Dumoulin with the MPCC -a movement that was born to protect the health of the cyclists and fight the doping in the sport. "I really like the MCCC's philosophy," said the winner of the 2017 Giro d'Italia to Dutch cycling website WielerFlits.

"They pursue a cleaner sport and do not consider the current doping rules strict enough, especially in the field of cortisone use. I totally agree with that. They have stricter rules than the official. Team Sunweb is a member of the MPCC, and I was also independently a member as well. But I thought they were a farce about Paris-Nice. In my opinion, the race shouldn't have happened. There was already a coronavirus outbreak, also in France. There were really serious problems. The MPCC said nothing about it. They say their motivation is to protect the health of the riders but when it was about the racing in Paris-Nice -which was an important risk for the health at that moment- everything was fine."

But this isn't the only disagreement the rider had with the movement. "They also came up with the story that the use of ketones is very dangerous," Dumoulin continued. "I thought that it was a very hypocritical attitude of the MPCC.

"Our team uses ketones, so it was also a bit hypocritical from my side to continue being a part of the MPCC. These two situations together pushed me to unsubscribe from it."




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