AIGLE, Switzerland, Dec 13, 2012 (AFP) – Former Tour de France winner Greg
LeMond was “arrogant” in offering to act as interim president of the
International Cycling Union (UCI) should incumbent Pat McQuaid give in to
calls for his resignation, McQuaid has told AFP.
“Greg was a great cyclist who I’ve known since the time when I was the
organiser of the Tour of Ireland back in the 1980s, but I would ask him: ‘What
have you done for cycling in the past 25 years?’ The answer is: nothing,”
“I find it a little bit arrogant for him to say he is prepared to serve as
interim president of the UCI. The UCI is a democracy, there is an electoral
system in place. If he wants to, he can always seek the support of his
national federation and stand for election next September.”
Asked if he had been stung by calls for his resignation in the wake of the
Lance Armstrong doping scandal, McQuaid said: “Personally? no. Most of the
peoople who were calling for my resignation had nothing to do with cycling and
I think they were wrong to do so.
“People involved in cycling who I work with every day know what I have
achieved as president.”
He added: “I think there is enough proof that the state of cycling is
completely different today to what it was in the Armstrong era.”
He also dismissed the lobby group Change Cycling Now as having a hidden
“They have discussed nothing with us, they only spoke of their own
interests for two days in London,” he said. “They are not part of cycling,
they have no mandate, no status, but they do have a conflict of interests.
“It seems clear to me that their leader, Jaime Fuller (head of the
Australian company Skins) is seeking to further his own business interests.
Then there is a journalist who wants to promote a book coming out shortly and
a haematologist who claims to have a method of detecting blood transfusions
for the next Tour de France. Why are they not working with the UCI or the
World Anti-Doping Association?”
The UCI has appointed an independent commission to investigate the
Armstrong affair after the US Anti-Doping Association (USADA) uncovered proof
of a systematic doping programme, and McQuaid said: “If their report makes
recommendations, we will implement them.
“If they say our attitude was inadequate, we’ll take the necessary measures
to ensure that this sort of thing won’t happen again in the future with a big
“In the USADA report on Armstrong, there were many accusations that we
reject. The UCI is serene and convinced that the independent commission will
show that these allegations are not justified as the UCI has always been a
pioneer in the fight against doping.”