UCI’s Letter to Cycling Gets the Finger in ReplyBy Michael Frank on November 15th, 2012
Earth to Pat McQuaid’s UCI, you’re off the back, DFL, and embroiled in a mess of your own tortured making. The UCI, for those who haven’t followed the august cycling policy machine, has recently been accused of not only trying to cover up the Lance investigation by USADA’s Travis Tygart, but is now being counter-sued by the journalist Paul Kimmage, who says McQuaid and others at the UCI are guilty of fraud (Kimmage was defamed and sued by the UCI for writing that Armstrong was guilty and the UCI was covering it up; a suit which was very belatedly dropped). Now McQuaid has the stones to write an open letter to the cycling community, published in VeloNews, that suggests that the UCI’s new whistleblower campaign will allow cyclists to privately come forward and call attention to misconduct. As if. The very first comment sums up the general sentiment: “would anyone in there right mind call the UCI if they had real info on doping and wanted anything to come of it?…Pat.. how can you not understand you have a major conflict of interest… the UCI should have no part in doping control or doping hotlines etc… give it a rest, no one believes you nonsense any more… we are laughing at you.. you are a joke!” A more professional take-down in the Irish Independent spells out all the ugliness. The UCI is toast, and if professional cycling has any future it will be with an entirely new governing body. Via VeloNews.
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