Kazakh team was suspended in July and has now been fully removed from the Movement for Credible Cycling group


Astana have been removed from the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) after allowing Lars Boom to start the Tour de France with low cortisol levels.

The Kazakh WorldTour team had been suspended from the organisation since July when Boom took to the start line with the rest of the Astana team at the Grand Départ in Utrecht.

The Dutch rider later withdrew ahead of stage 10 due to illness.

Although not against UCI or WADA rules, the MPCC requires riders to be rested when their cortisol levels drop below recommended values.

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The pressure group released a statement detailing their decision, and said that “the Board of directors of MPCC has decided to exclude Team Astana for non-compliance with the 9th article of the internal regulation”.

Cortisol hormones can be administered to riders by a doctor and are permissible under the UCI‘s Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUEs) conditions. However, as the statement goes on to detail, “the use of that medicine has frequently been abused in the history of sports (including in cycling) for the purpose of increasing performance”.

The incident with Boom follows several doping cases involving Astana riders towards end of last season including positives for the Iglinskiy brothers which put the team’s WorldTour licence in jeopardy.

  • RobTM

    Harder to obfuscate, CW reported “Vinokourov leapt to the defence of his team’s anti-doping credibility
    this week and challenged the choice of six WorldTour teams, including
    Team Sky and BMC, to remain unaffiliated”

  • Tom

    Agree whole heartedly. They make the Russian athletics team look like moral guardians…

    It is the elephant in the room of the Cookson era!

  • ummm…

    Wait wait. You’d give your right arm to be a pro cyclist? How would you go up the climbs and ride in the peloton?

  • Alan Heath

    Good. About time they cleared off the scene completely, Vino and the rest of the dopers. Most fans would give there right arms to be in their position! Never forget that!

  • Slim

    So are there any consequences to being ejected from the MPCC? It’s a voluntary organisation. The UCI and WADA don’t require membership of it, do they?

  • markholds

    But nobody cares about the MPCC any more, except Marc Madiot.
    You join because it makes you look ‘ethical’ and then as soon as it makes you do anything you don’t want to, you get out like a shot (Lampre, LottoNL, Astana, Bardiani…)

  • FPCyclist

    Great! Now keep sweeping, sweep them right out of cycling. Want to clean up the sport? This bunch is a good place to start. How much more nonsense do we need to see from this team? Time for the big heave-ho.

  • Mike Prytherch

    Its about time the whole team was ejected, if I were a rider on their squad I would be seriously looking for a new team for 2016