The General Assembly of the MPCC was held on 26 October in Paris, on the eve of the official presentation of the Tour de France 2023.

With 1046 members (from 42 nationalities), 50 teams (36 men’s and 14 women’s), 568 riders and 383 staff members, MPCC has never been so international and indispensable to the credibility of cycling.

The MPCC welcomed the fact that its members were complying with its internal rules in 2022, in particular by not entering riders who were the subject of a procedure into competition. Since 2007, members who have joined the movement on a voluntary basis have always complied with the rules or have been asked to leave the MPCC.

Invited to this General Assembly, Olivier Banuls, from the International Testing Agency (ITA), gave a presentation of his work to the members of our movement. The MPCC is very pleased to have had the honour of this visit and fully supports the independent international body in its fight against doping. On its website, the MPCC has been promoting since 2022 the Reveal program, which encourages, anonymously or not, to share information that can help the ITA in its mission and increase the credibility of cycling. The MPCC strongly supports the proposed increase in the ITA’s budget for cycling’s anti-doping programme, with a graduated increase in contributions in 2023 and 2024.

In 2022, WADA banned the use of glucocorticoids, stating that this substance improves performance! But it took a long time to put it in place: since 2007, the MPCC member teams have voluntarily submitted to cortisol tests while calling, each year, for the authorities to ban the use of glucocorticoids.

The MPCC regrets that tramadol will not appear on the same list of prohibited products and methods until 2024. As with glucocorticoids, the MPCC has been calling for a ban since 2012. Why not ban it on 1 January 2023?

On the occasion of this General Assembly, several members took the opportunity to underline the need for cycling to communicate better on the effectiveness of its fight against doping. This call was made in a context where doping cases in other major sports, involving top international athletes, have not received the same media attention as similar cases in cycling in the past. This ability can also only be developed if more and more members join the MPCC: men’s teams, women’s teams, riders, staff, sponsors, organisers, federations, sports agents.

On the proposal of the Board of Directors, MPCC wishes to involve women’s cycling in its work as it does for men’s cycling. 14 women’s teams are already members of the MPCC, and it is important that the majority of women’s teams adhere to the MPCC philosophy in the best interests of cycling and the organisers. Emily Brammeier, representing the DSM women’s team, was elected to the MPCC Board of Directors as the Women’s Cycling Referent.

The General Assembly voted unanimously for the new constitution of the MPCC Bureau:

  • Roger Legeay (President)
  • Iwan Spekenbrink (Vice-President)
    • DSM
  • Vincent LAVENU (Vice-President)
  • Philippe Senmartin (Secretary)
  • Franck Trajber (Assistant secretary)
  • Sébastien Hinault (Treasurer)
  • Marc Madiot (Assistant treasurer) *
  • Christophe BRANDT (Member)
  • Emily Brammeier (Member)*