Basque team Murias-Euskadi, newly promoted to the UCI Pro Continental ranks, has decided to make another significant jump: to join the MPCC.

Now in its fourth year of existence, Murias-Euskadi will embrace a new challenge in 2018: being part of the UCI Pro Continental division.

The team managed by Jon Odriozola has decided this promotion would go hand in hand with the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC) membership.

” As a result of the succession of doping scandals that have affected it over the last few years, cycling has faced its responsabilities by understanding our sport may no longer exist if it didn’t achieved to regain credibility with sponsors, race organizers and fans”, Odriozola explains. Cycling managed to wake up thanks to the general awareness of its players but also an institutional and economic effort. However, care should be taken because there is no such thing as zero risk: we must remain vigilant. The rider’s health still is the most important point as we commit to preserve it by refusing performance medicine. The MPCC being aimed at that goal, our team and our main sponsors agree to abide by its rules. “

Murias-Euskadi is one of the four Spanish professional teams registered by the UCI for the 2018 season. This is the first time a structure from Basque country reach this level of competition since Euskaltel-Euskadi closed down operations back in 2013. Contracted riders such as Jon Aberasturi, Garikoitz Bravo, Eduard Prades, Hector Saez, Enrique Sanz or Julien Loubet competed internationally in the past.