Paul Kimmage takes legal action against UCI leaders over whistle blowers

Former cyclist Kimmage takes legal action against UCI leaders over whistle blowers

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UPDATED:

23:52 GMT, 1 November 2012

Irish journalist Paul Kimmage has
lodged a criminal complaint against International Cycling Union
president Pat McQuaid and honorary president Hein Verbruggen in a move
which will subject the leadership of the world governing body to further
scrutiny.

The UCI, McQuaid and Verbruggen last
week announced they were suspending defamation proceedings against
former Sunday Times journalist Kimmage pending the results of an
independent report.

Claims: Reporter Paul Kimmage (centre)

Claims: Reporter Paul Kimmage (centre)

Now former rider Kimmage, who has been hugely critical of the UCI leadership's response to doping in cycling, has launched proceedings of his own as the impact of the Lance Armstrong affair shows no sign of abating.

Kimmage wrote on Twitter: 'I have lodged a criminal complaint against Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid.

'I have initiated these proceedings not for myself – this is not about Paul Kimmage, but on behalf of the whistle blowers – Stephen Swart, Frankie Andreu, Floyd Landis, Christophe Bassons, Nicolas Aubier, Gilles Delion, Graeme Obree and every other cyclist who stood up for truth and the sport they loved and were dismissed as “cowards” and “scumbags” by Verbruggen and McQuaid.'