Suspended by the UCI until February 12, the Pro Continental team Soul Brasil has applied for MPCC membership. The request has been accepted on probation. The movement welcomes the team manager Benedito Tadeu's intention to comply with stricter rules. The final membership is to be voted during the next General Assemby meeting on October.
15 high profile athletes have been suspended for doping by the cycling authorities in the past year. Five sports faced a larger number of positive tests.
On a voluntary basis, a MPCC team commit to respect several rules, stricter than those implemented by the international bodies. Do you know all of them?
The credibility of cycling not only depends on such topics as riders' health or the fight against doping. That's the message a dozen sponsors with a widespread international presence wanted to convey in a MPCC meeting held early this month in Paris. The representatives of these companies that invest in our sport call on their alter egos to join the movement to express their vision on the future of cycling: as proven by recent debates on the professional cycling reform, the MPCC remains the body you can have the most constructive discussions with.
Cofidis Competition President Thierry Vittu is the representative of the northern France's company to the MPCC. He calls for an increase of the number of members in order to better "eradicate problems" in cycling.
The answer is: 7 World Tour teams, 17 Pro Continental teams, 14 Continental teams, 7 women teams, 8 national teams, totalling more than 50 teams. The riders we interviewed - almost - knew by heart the number! But it is important to add that MPCC members are not all teams.Â
We put this question to the players (athletes, staff) of the MPCC. But this is Roger Legeay, President of the movement, who share the official story by relating this founding act.
The MPCC went to meeting its members in order to share on the rules of the movement - especially with the riders, who most frequently embraced the principles. They will discuss it during off-season in future video episodes.
The day after its annual general meeting and a few hours after the presentation of the 2017 Tour de France - during which Christian Prudhomme vigorously argued the movement is the vision to share - it's time for the MPCC to publish its views on the past year.