Tag Archives: verbruggen

Paul Kimmage takes legal action against UCI leaders over whistle blowers

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

|

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.'

Pat McQuaid must resign, says Greg LeMond after Lance Armstrong scandal

Three-time Tour winner LeMond urges McQuaid to resign after Armstrong scandal

|

UPDATED:

14:42 GMT, 25 October 2012

Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has called for the resignation of Pat McQuaid, the president of cycling's world governing body the UCI.

In an open letter published on Facebook, LeMond, winner of the 1986, 1989 and 1990 Tours and now the only American winner of the Tour after Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles, was critical of Irishman McQuaid and his predecessor Hein Verbruggen, who remains honorary president of the organisation.

'I want to tell the world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to resign,' LeMond wrote.

Making his point: LeMond has called for the resignation of McQuaid

Making his point: LeMond has called for the resignation of McQuaid

'I have never seen such an abuse of power in cycling's history – resign Pat if you love cycling. Resign even if you hate the sport.'

LeMond added his weight to the campaign to support former Sunday Times journalist Paul Kimmage, who is the subject of a defamation suit brought by McQuaid and Verbruggen in Switzerland.

The American has made a donation to the fund to support Kimmage's legal fight, but would prefer money is used to 'lobby for real change'.

Under fire: McQuaid's judgement has come into question

Under fire: McQuaid's judgement has come into question

'I would like to use it to lobby for dramatic change in cycling,' LeMond added.

'The sport does not need Pat McQuaid or Hein Verbruggen – if this sport is going to change it is now. Not next year, not down the road, now! Now or never!

'People that really care about cycling have the power to change cycling.'

LeMond had long been critical of Armstrong before the Texan was stripped of his seven Tour titles by the UCI on Monday, when McQuaid insisted cycling had a future and stressed his determination to be part of it.

Shamed: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Shamed: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Armstrong and his United States Postal Service team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen,' a 1,000-page United States Anti-Doping Agency report concluded.

A special meeting of the UCI's management committee will take place tomorrow to discuss the 'exact sporting consequences' of the decision, including whether the 1999 to 2005 Tour titles and prize money will be redistributed.