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MPCC won’t demand tougher action over Nairo Quintana tramadol case

MPCC won’t demand tougher action over Nairo Quintana tramadol case

The Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) group has long required its members to adopt tougher stances than non-member teams, including a two-year ban on signing…

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The Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) group has long required its members to adopt tougher stances than non-member teams, including a two-year ban on signing riders who have tested positive and been suspended for more than six months, as well as a mandatory eight-day rest from competition for those who need corticosteroid injections.

But despite news this week of a positive test for tramadol by Nairo Quintana , it appears that the MPCC won’t push for a bigger penalty than the loss of results imposed by the UCI.

MPCC President Roger Legeay spoke to VeloNews after the news of Quintana’s positive test emerged on Wednesday. The UCI announced that the analysis of two blood samples taken from the Colombian had revealed the presence of tramadol and its two main metabolites.

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It said that he would lose his results from the Tour de France. Quintana finished sixth overall, as well as second and fifth on stages.

However because the tramadol ban is a health measure rather than part of standard anti-doping rules, the UCI stated that positive tests for the substance do not constitute anti-doping rule violations.

The governing body said that because this was a first offense for the rider, he was not declared ineligible and can therefore continue to race.Asked by VeloNews if this was acceptable to the MPCC, Legeay indicated that it was.“It is a very strong decision,” he said. “To lose the place in the Tour is a strong decision for the rider and also for the team. […]

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