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PARIS, France (AFP) — Australian outfit GreenEdge has become the latest pro cycling team to join a body whose aim is to promote clean and credible sport through strict anti-doping measures.
The teams signed up to the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), created in 2007, promise to abide by the strictest anti-doping measures including those laid out by the World Anti-Doping code.
It means, for example, teams will prevent any rider who is being investigated for any kind of suspected doping infraction from competiting until cleared.
MPCC president Roger Legeay now hopes to take it a stage further by asking international sports bodies to look into creating a supranational body that would serve as the first adjudicator in top-level doping cases. Legeay argued that national sports federations are not united when it comes to dealing sanctions, applying different sanctions for the same offence with some taking far longer than others to deal with cases.
The eight members of the MPCC are AG2R La Mondiale, Bretagne-Schuller, Cofidis, Europcar and FDJ-BigMat (France), Garmin-Barracuda (United States), Project 1t4I (Netherlands) and GreenEdge (Australia).