Astana facing MPCC exclusion after deciding Boom will start Tour despite low cortisol levels

UTRECHT, The Netherlands (CT) – The Tour de France has not yet started but the under-fire Astana team has already found itself centre stage and in the spotlight after it decided to defy the rules of the MPCC anti-doping movement and keep Lars Boom on its roster. The Dutchman, who signed for the team after […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Simon Spilak wins the Tour de Suisse; Alberto Contador takes overall victory at Route du Sud; Lisa Brennauer wins the Aviva Women’s Tour; Andre Greipel wins the Ster ZLM Toer; Amanda Spratt takes solo victory in the Giro del Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol; Quintana […]


Team Southeast becomes fourth team this year to quit MPCC

Following on from Lampre-Merida, Bardiani CSF and LottoNL-Jumbo, who each left the MPCC anti-doping movement in recent weeks, a fourth squad is exiting the group. Team Southeast has indicated to the MPCC that it no longer considers itself a member. The group has responded by saying that it has opened exclusion proceedings. The team had […]


Daily News Digest

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Matthews wins stage four of the Tour de Suisse; Gilbert out of Tour de France due to discovery of leg fracture; News of Gilbert’s Tour absence followed voiced frustration about BMC Racing Team’s selection delay; Contador still tired from Giro, says he has only done three days […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Nacer Bouhanni takes a second stage win at the Dauphine, Dennis retains overall lead; Paddy Bevin wins stage 4 of the Tour de Korea, Ewan still in yellow; Annamiek van Vleuten wins Euskal Emakumeen Bira prologue; LottoNL-Jumbo becomes third team to quit MPCC over disagreement […]


MPCC on LottoNL-Jumbo’s decision to quit: Only seven samples ever deemed too low, Dutch team had two of these

Responding to the LottoNL-Jumbo team’s criticism of it over its regulation relating to an enforced rest for riders with low cortisol levels, as well as the squad’s decision to resign, the MPCC anti-doping body has defended its position and asked why the team didn’t keep closer tabs on its riders. “More than 1,300 cortisol level […]


LottoNL-Jumbo becomes third team to quit MPCC over disagreement with regulations

Emphasising that it supports the philosophy of the MPCC anti-doping movement, the LottoNL-Jumbo team has nevertheless said that it is withdrawing from that group due to a disagreement over the rule requiring riders with low cortisol levels to take a break from competition. The squad had first-hand experience of this situation prior to the Giro […]


Bardiani-CSF quits MPCC over Giro d’Italia cortisol case

Responding two weeks after the MPCC anti doping movement summoned the team manager to a meeting of the board of directors scheduled for June 8th, the Bardiani-CSF team has refused to attend and has said that it plans to leave the group. On May 20 the MPCC made a public declaration about the team, saying […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gilbert grabs second Giro d’Italia victory on stage 18, Contador gains more time on rivals; Tom Boonen claims stage 2 of the Belgium Tour, Brändle maintains his overall lead; Alexander Kristoff takes back-to-back wins at the Tour des Fjords; Neil van der Ploeg wins Tour […]


George Bennett: ‘How do we stop cortisone in the sport? A few guys like me taking the fall is not the answer.’

Commenting almost three weeks after he was blocked from starting the Giro d’Italia due to low cortisol levels, the New Zealand rider George Bennett has issued a long statement about the situation, maintaining his innocence and faulting the current MPCC ruling in relation to the test. The MPCC is an anti-doping organisation that the majority […]