Pezcyclingnews: Eurotrash Dutch Monday!


Jan 3, 2005
The Tour de France is well under way and excitement has packed the first two stages in Holland. We have race reports, results, rider quotes and video from the French Grand Tour. It’s not all Tour news, we also follow the Tour of Austria and have news from the Trittico di Autunno, Taiwan KOM Challenge 2015, video from Giant-Alpecin and Martyn Ashton rides again. A full EuroTrash from Holland. TOP STORY: Boom, to ride or not to ride?That is the question. Lars Boom did start the Tour de France in Utrecht, he looked quite upset on the start ramp, but put up a fair time under the circumstances. OK, poor Lars had a low cortisol count and according to the MPCC he shouldn’t start, but the team were not told until after the team rider list had been given to the organisers and so (under UCI rules) he could not be substituted by the Astana team. So, what to do? Go against the MPCC and stay within UCI rules or go stay within MPCC and UCI rules and not start with Boom. BMC, Sky, LottoNL-Jumbo and the other teams who are not members of MPCC do not have this problem, if one of their riders has a low cortisol count he can start a race, so where does this leave the MPCC? If teams leave or just ignore the rules or don’t join in the first place, what is the point. They could change their rules on cortisol, but then...

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