12.07.2012

Is cycling changing? MPCC's boom and more

What's on? teams could look shy toward 
but they are eager to join the MPCC, Mouvement for a Clean Cycling. The association of international race organisers -AIOCC - recently stated  that MPCC members will be prefered in wildcards assignment and that probably counts.
In a good article here: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13456/Lampre-Merida-and-former-Rabobank-team-amongst-six-new-applicants-to-MPCC.aspxyou can read the MPCC additional regulations to UCI and WADA codes:
"- No longer allow a rider race when he has an initial positive test.
- Not sign up a rider who has a suspension of more than six months [with the exception of whereabouts cases] for a period of two years after the suspension.
- Not give corticoid injections without then imposing a break from competition of eight days.
- Carry out internal procedures from the first positive case on a team.
- Suspend themselves automatically following several positive cases in a twelve month period."

And a list of the team already in:  (WorldTour teams AG2R La Mondiale, Garmin-Sharp, Lotto-Belisol and Francaise des Jeux, plus Argos Shimano, Bretagne Schuller, Cofidis, Europcar, Iam, Netapp and Sojasun) and asking for (Team Colombia, OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling team, Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, Plussbank, Bardiani CSF Inox, BigMat Auber 93 and La Pomme Marseille.).
It's a good thing, isn't it?  We can't know what decided each single team: will to collaborate in making cycling better or fear to be excluded from big events. Consequences seem desiderable so if you ask me it's fine. Lets see if MPCC teams really do what they say. I sadly think we will have the opportunity to check their good intentions!
BDW
I didn't sign yet Chage Cycling Now petition because: 1. it's very vague in my opinion 2. and moreover signers list should be public, we aren't number and somebody means more than me. But ok, it's a good thing that too and I support it.

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