Lampre-Merida quit MPCC over Diego Ulissi case

Italian team withdraws from the voluntary organisation as confusion of rules over Diego Ulissi's return from doping ban

Diego Ulissi wins stage eight of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: watson)

Lampre-Merida have officially announced that they will be withdrawing from the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), after the team were unable to comply with the anti-doping rules of the voluntary organisation.

The situation arose chiefly due to the Diego Ulissi case, who after serving a nine-month ban for testing positive for excessive levels of Salbutamol last year, is set to return to racing with the team on March 28.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).