Ulissi handed nine month ban over positive test but expresses relief

Double Giro d’Italia stage winner Diego Ulissi has said that he is pleased despite being handed a nine-month ban after testing positive for excessive levels of salbutamol, saying that the findings have shown he didn’t deliberately try to cheat. Under the ruling, the Swiss Olympic Association has handed him a ban stretching from June 25 […]


MPCC states that six member teams face auto-suspensions if repeat doping cases occur

Commenting in the wake of the combined five positive cases between the Astana WorldTour and Astana Continental teams, the MPCC anti-doping movement has said that six teams face self-suspension under its rules in the event of any more positive cases. This is based on its regulations which decree that squads who include riders who have […]


Rocacorba Daily

In today’s edition of the Rocacorba news digest: Quintana to defend title by beginning his season in Tour de San Luis; Book extract: ‘Pantani: Debunking the Murder Myth’; Storey confirmed as first rider to take on long-standing women’s hour record; Dowsett next to mount challenge on men’s record?; Torku-Sekerspor team becomes probationary member of MPCC; […]


The Week in Bike #47 – Who Pays?

Who’s going to be in the WorldTour next year? How should the WorldTour even work? Who’ll support this team? How about all these doping positives? Pretty much every question in cycling boils down, in terms of accountability or in terms of revenue, to “Who Pays?”, and the answer isn’t always so clear or simple. We […]


MPCC suspends Neri Sottoli’s membership, comments on Astana’s cases

Following a number of positive tests involving the Neri Sottoli team, the MPCC anti-doping movement has announced that the squad’s membership has been suspended until at least next October. “At the last MPCC general meeting, all of the team members have required further explanations from Neri Sottoli’s manager Angelo Citracca in order to confirm, or […]


Rocacorba Daily

In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: MPCC – Unfair to consider Astana WorldTour and Continental teams as same entity; Roman Kreuziger releases biological passport data; Andy Schleck receives 2010 Tour de France trophy; Roads to ride – the Col du Béal; Mayor Boris Johnson to consider car-free Sundays for London; GoPro […]


MPCC: Unfair to consider Astana WorldTour and Continental teams as same entity

Roger Legeay, the president of the MPCC anti-doping organisation, has said that he believes it is unfair to consider as one block the five positive tests this year relating to Astana-backed riders. Speaking to CyclingTips, Legeay said that it was important to treat the positive tests by Astana WorldTour riders Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy as […]


Astana and Iglinskiy reverse decision to have rider’s B sample tested, team won’t ride Tour of Beijing

Weekend predictions that the Astana team and its rider Maxim Iglinskiy would, in fact, not have his B sample checked proved to be correct, with the team announcing today that the rider would not dispute his positive A sample test for EPO. “Astana Pro Team has moved to act upon the decision by rider Maxim […]


MPCC won’t immediately push for Astana suspension over Iglinskiy positive

The MPCC anti-doping movement has said that it won’t immediately require the Astana team to suspend itself, as per MPCC rules, over Tuesday’s news of Maxim Iglinskiy’s A sample for EPO. While the movement’s regulations call on teams to sideline themselves from competition after positive tests, the MPCC has issued a clarification of the rules […]


Vuelta without defending champion as Horner blocked from starting by MPCC rules

Chris Horner’s aim of defending his Vuelta a España title has derailed even before the race has started, with the American rider blocked from taking part due to a drop in his cortisol levels. Horner’s Lampre Merida team is a member of the Mouvement Pour Un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC) anti-doping organisation. It includes a requirement […]