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MPCC calls for Team Sky to voluntarily suspend Chris Froome

Joe Robinson
18 Dec 2017

MPCC believes a voluntary suspension for Chris Froome will help relieve tension with other teams

The Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) has called for Team Sky to voluntarily suspend Chris Froome in light of his adverse analytical finding for Salbutamol.

In a press release, the MPCC claimed that a voluntary suspension of Froome by his team would 'allow the rider and its team to focus on their defence with serenity, but also to avoid tension among many managers and riders.'

The group asks for the voluntary upholding of cycling ethics and stipulates that any rider part of the MPCC is to be suspended on receiving a positive test.

The MPCC currently counts seven WorldTour teams as its members, of which Team Sky is not one. Team Sunweb, AG2R La Mondiale and Bora-Hansgrohe are amongst its voluntary members.

Due to Salbutamol being categorised as a 'specified substance', the UCI, WADA and Team Sky are under no obligation to suspend Froome for the adverse findings he returned at this year's Vuelta a Espana, despite the rider being double the legal limit.

It is highly unlikely that Team Sky will suspend Froome voluntarily. Froome is currently attending a team training camp in Mallorca and appeared via video link at yesterday evening's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

In the same press release, the MPCC also called for the UCI to conduct an inquiry into the comments made by Shane Sutton regarding Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs).

The former performance director of British Cycling admitted in a BBC documentary that TUEs had been used as an acceptable 'gain' for athletes.

The MPCC concluded its statement calling upon Team Sky and the remaining ten WorldTour teams to join on a voluntary basis.