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SBD Global/August 22, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Pat McQuaid Loses Swiss Backing In Int'l Cycling Federation Presidential Race
Published August 22, 2013
QUESTIONS ABOUND: In London, William Fotheringham reported in the past, the presidency "has drawn little attention." However, the campaign "is being fought against the backdrop of last year's revelations" about Lance Armstrong, and why the UCI, under McQuaid and former UCI President Hein Verbruggen, "failed to take stronger action against the Texan." The UCI received a donation of more than $100,000 from Armstrong in the early '00s. Questions linger about whether a "truth and reconciliation process should begin to clear the air over doping in cycling" (GUARDIAN, 8/21). BLOOMBERG's Ben Priechenfried reported McQuaid "faced calls to resign from Greg LeMond and other former riders" (BLOOMBERG, 8/21).
FIRING BACK: In a statement, McQuaid said, "This election will be decided by the voting delegates at the UCI Congress in Florence, Italy on September 27th despite attempts by him and those who support his campaign to eliminate me from the contest." McQuaid said that he obeyed all UCI rules and that his opponent and adversaries were content to mire the election in legal cases and legal argument in an attempt to discredit and overthrow him. McQuaid: "My other nominations from the Thai Cycling Association and the Federation Royal Marocanine are valid and were all received in accordance with the UCI rules by the designated closing date" (SBD Global).