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Former UCI president Pat McQuaid has revealed he has not yet made up his mind over whether to give evidence to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC), but maintains he will not be drawn into “a witch hunt.”

McQuaid was ousted from the position, which he had held for eight years, in last September’s UCI presidential election in Florence, losing the vote to British Cycling’s Brian Cookson by 24 votes to 18.

In his election manifesto, Cookson had pledged to restore cycling’s credibility, including launching an independent investigation into issues such as allegations that the UCI helped cover up Lance Armstrong’s doping.

Those accusations were set out by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in its reasoned decision in the Armstrong case, after it banned him for life in October 2012 and stripped him of results including his seven Tour de France titles.

They include the controversial donations totalling $125,000 that Armstrong offered to the UCI in 2001, allegedly in connection with a suspect test for EPO during that year’s Tour de Suisse.

McQuaid later said the UCI was wrong to accept the money, most of which was paid several years later after the governing body reminded Armstrong of his pledge.

According to a report in the Irish Independent, McQuaid told Press Association Sport: McQuaid, UCI president from 2005 to 2013, told Press Association Sport that he was undecided about whether to appear before the CIRC.

"I haven't made my mind up yet,” he said. “I need to be convinced that this commission is going to look into all of the aspects of the reasons why doping was prevalent.

"That is who was actually responsible, not just the UCI, but also people like WADA and USADA.

"As I see in the terms of reference, there's no inquiry into what their responsibilities may or may not have been in relation to doping and the fight against doping.”

McQuaid added: "I don't want to see a witch hunt into me and [his predecessor as UCI president] Hein Verbruggen only, when others have been responsible as well and should be asked to account for themselves as well."

It may strike some as strange that McQuaid chose to use the term, “witch hunt.”

The phrase was used by Armstrong himself when he made a surprise announcement in August 2012 that he no longer intended to fight USADA’s investigation of him.

McQuaid and Verbruggen, have always denied that that they helped Armstrong escape doping sanctions, as did the American in his confession live on television to Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.

However, last November he told the Daily Mail that Verbruggen had helped come up with the idea of a bogus prescription for a saddle sore cream following a failed test for a corticosteroid in the 1999 Tour de France.

That was the first of the seven consecutive editions of the race that Armstrong won and ultimately had taken away from him.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 2 years ago
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That C*** better show up, he tried to call everyone else to account, when it is his turn to be sorted out...he wimps out

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cjk99 [62 posts] 2 years ago
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Glam that's not a strong enough word for him

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levermonkey [658 posts] 2 years ago
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His non-attendance will tell me everything I need to know!

Screw "Innocent until proven guilty". Our sport was brought down to its lowest point on this mans watch. Cyclists were thrown to the wolves to protect the truly guilty. Our sport was rotten from top to bottom thanks to scum like him! Young riders were pressurised and manipulated to cheat and he and his ilk did nothing except turn a blind eye and give tacit approval.

Nothing short of a full confession by a man in sack-cloth and ashes will be good enough, anything less and I will regard the new administration as corrupt as the last. There must be no deals behind closed doors, everything must be out in the open. All documents and minutes must be placed in the public domain.

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felixcat [458 posts] 2 years ago
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The thing about witch hunts is that there were no witches to find. Whereas..

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drfabulous0 [409 posts] 2 years ago
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Anything he says will just be lies anyway, and in due course he will probably have no choice but to give evidence before a court of law.

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tarquin_foxglove [129 posts] 2 years ago
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levermonkey wrote:

Nothing short of a full confession by [him] will be good enough

Is this quote:

McQuaid wrote:

I don't want to see a witch hunt into me and [his predecessor as UCI president] Hein Verbruggen only, when others have been responsible [i]as well[/i]

not the confession you are looking for?

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Argos74 [383 posts] 2 years ago
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Burn him! Burn him! Burn the witch!

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tarquin_foxglove [129 posts] 2 years ago
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levermonkey wrote:

Nothing short of a full confession by [him] will be good enough

Is this quote:

McQuaid wrote:

I don't want to see a witch hunt into me and [his predecessor as UCI president] Hein Verbruggen only, when others have been responsible as well

not the confession you are looking for?

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tarquin_foxglove [129 posts] 2 years ago
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levermonkey wrote:

Nothing short of a full confession by [him] will be good enough

Is this quote:

McQuaid wrote:

I don't want to see a witch hunt into me and [his predecessor as UCI president] Hein Verbruggen only, when others have been responsible as well

not the confession you are looking for?

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tarquin_foxglove [129 posts] 2 years ago
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Ooh, double post.

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 2 years ago
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“I need to be convinced that this commission is going to look into all of the aspects of the reasons why doping was prevalent."

AKA - Find some other people to blame

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Veloacciaio [18 posts] 2 years ago
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Not engaging in truth and reconciliation is a tried and tested tactic. It worked for Lance! Oh Wait....