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"MPCC doesn't intervene when our members hire new riders," president Roger Legeay tells Ciclo21

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10.11.2013 @ 20:31 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

President of a Movement for a Credible Cycling (MPCC) Roger Legeay has reacted quickly to rumours that his organization is in effect preventing Luis Leon Sanchez from signing a contract with a new team for 2014. Contacted by Ciclo21, the Frenchman denies that the Spaniard has been blacklisted by the anti-doping organization.

 

The never-ending story about Luis Leon Sanchez still goes on. Today the Movement for a Credible Cycling (MPCC) has responded to the allegations that the anti-doping organization has blacklisted the Spaniard, firmly denying any interference with the signings policy of their members.

 

Having been linked to several doping investigations, Sanchez was bought out of his contract with the Belkin team at the end of the season, with a team spokesman using his tainted reputation as explanation. The Spaniard was linked to his former team Movistar but the a few weeks ago, the Spaniards presented their definitive 27-rider roster without Sanchez on its rider list.

 

Earlier this week, Ciclo21.com reported that Sanchez had almost reached an agreement with Caja Rural to join the Spanish professional continental team in 2014. However, those rumours were dampened when El Periodico reported that MPCC had in effect blacklisted the rider, using their strong connections with race organizers to prevent the Spaniard from signing a new contract.

 

MPCC is an anti-doping organization which imposes stricter rules on its members. One of the rules dictates that a new cannot sign a rider who has served at least a 6-month ban until at least 2 years after his suspension has expired. That rule is, however, the only one that puts any official restrictions on the signing policy of their members.

 

Contacted by Ciclo21.com, MPCC president Roger Legeay has denied that his organization has done anything to prevent Sanchez from returning to the professional peloton.

 

"MPCC doesn't intervene when our members hire new riders," he said. "[The rules] are very clear and well-known by all."

 

Furthermore, Legeay denies that he has any knowledge of an agreement between Caja Rural and Sanchez.

 

Sanchez had a troubled start to the season when new links to the Operacion Puerto case promoted his Belkin team to put him on inactive status. The parties reached an agreement that allowed Sanchez to return to competition. He did well by winning two races and riding both the Vuelta a Espana and the world championships but was later bought out of his contract.

 

With today's announcement by Legeay, nothing should prevent Sanchez from signing a contract with Caja Rural - a move that would make it very likely for him to ride next year's Vuelta a Espana.

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