The Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC) has remarked it already has a solution for corticosteroids and Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) that would eliminate the problems of Team Sky.
The high anti-doping standards of Team Sky recently came under scrutiny and criticism after it was revealed that its rider Bradley Wiggins applied for and received permission to inject corticosteroid Triamcinolone ahead of the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Tour de France, and the 2013 Giro d’Italia. Many in the sport fraternity questioned his therapeutic use exemption and its timing as Triamcinolone can enhance the performance of an athlete. Under MPCC rules, one cannot race for eight days following corticosteroid use.
Anko Boelens, Giant-Alpecin’s team doctor, in a MPCC press release said Corticosteroid is still a legitimate medicine if you need it, but you need to take a period of time to get well. Boelens added it is the same with corticosteroid injections and added it is a valid way of dealing with tendon problems, for example, but if you need to take it then you need to take eight days off from racing. The Giant-Alpecin’s team doctor added the most important reason in all of this is because we want to eliminate the grey area.
Boelens also remarked some people might feel like that and it might seem like we are putting ourselves at a disadvantage. The team doctor of Giant-Alpecin added he does not see it like that because he thinks it gives us clarity and it gives us clear boundaries to compete in sport. Boelens added also the systems in place by the World Anti-Doping Agency are there to stop people abusing the system but in order to eliminate all doubt we as the MPCC have our rules.
The MPPC press release further reads there is no need to reflect on the corticosteroids TUEs issue within the Movement for a Credible Cycling. The press release stated that this is an automatic process: the rider who need to be treated with this medicine ceases to work for an eight-day period and it was further commented that the measure is effective and followed to the letter by the movement’s members.
Wiggins would have had to cease racing from June 26 until July 3 and to miss the start of the Tour de France if Team Sky was a member of the MPCC and it followed the rule.
Wiggins defended his actions and said he took Triamcinolone to cure a medical condition. The cyclist also remarked this was not about trying to find a way to gain an unfair advantage. Team Sky boss David Brailsford said he would make future certificates public if possible.
In 2007, MPCC was founded one year after the Operación Puerto scandal erupted. Many teams joined it after the 2012 Lance Armstrong doping scandal. Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme encouraged teams to join MPCC and the organization had 11 WorldTour teams at one point. Presently, the MPCC involves continental and professional continental teams and WorldTour teams Giant-Alpecin, Ag2r La Mondiale, Cannondale-Drapac, Dimension Data, FDJ, IAM Cycling, and Lotto-Soudal.
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