Unlike Orica, Katusha have had their anti-doping issues in recent months, escaping a ban from the UCI after two failed drugs tests in the past six months, but under MPCC rules the team would need to serve a suspension.
In a press release, Katusha point out that the UCI has adopted some of the MPCC's rules, such as the no-needles policy and suspending teams with multiple doping offences.
But the team say that because the MPCC's rules on suspensions have not been relaxed they are put in a difficult position and have therefore renounced their membership.
"On the one hand the Disciplinary Commission of the UCI decided not to impose any team suspension following the cases of Luca Paolini and Eduard Vorganov but on the other hand the MPCC still considers that a suspension is necessary in application of its own rules," Katusha's statement read.
"Moreover, a suspension of Team Katusha during a WorldTour race based on the MPCC Rules would violate the UCI Regulations of mandatory participation and the Disciplinary Commission would then be obliged to sanction the Team."
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Despite now being outside MPCC rules, Katusha insist they will be voluntarily adhering to some of the organisation's initiatives, such as the prohibition of Tramadol and the imposition of rest for riders with low cortisol levels.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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