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MPCC calls for cortisol monitoring during Tour de France

Cycling News
May 31, 2013, 05:10,
May 31, 2013, 06:11
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, May 31, 2013
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AFLD carrying out additional testing

The Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) has made a request to the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) that cortisol levels also be monitored during the Tour de France this year.

Teams signing on to the MPCC charter agree not to field riders while they hold a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for cortisone and they agree to undergo four voluntary tests for cortisol levels throughout the season. At present, BMC, Cannondale, Euskaltel Euskadi, Movistar, Omega Pharma-Quick-Step, RadioShack Leopard, Saxo-Tinkoff and Sky are all non-signatories to the MPCC.

According to L'Equipe, the letter sent to French Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron, says that: "It would make sense that the 22 teams are controlled in the same way and medically monitored externally."

The AFLD will be carrying out additional testing at this year's Tour after an agreement was reached with the UCI allowing whereabouts information on riders and biological passport data to be shared so that the AFLD can perform random tests.

Cortisone is permitted by the World Anti-Doping Agency if an athlete carries a TUE. 

maxmartin More than 1 year ago
shocking SKY is not in MPCC
BadScreenWrtr More than 1 year ago
Sky never gets High.
KevinHans More than 1 year ago
All of the teams not with MPCC are suspect. The riders on the non-MPCC teams may be clean...but public perception is everything. Cheers to AFLD testing mandate.
Tiago Carvalho More than 1 year ago
I dont agree. Ag2r are on MPCC and had 2 positives and sky have zero for exemple