Cycling Ireland EGM votes against nominating Pat McQuaid for 3rd term as UCI president
Irishman's sole hope now rests with Swiss Cycling - but its nomination of him faces a legal challenge
An Emergency General Meeting (EGM) of Cycling Ireland has voted against nominating Pat McQuaid for a third term as UCI president. The news comes a day after McQuaid came under fire at by all accounts was a heated meeting of the UCI Management Committee in Bergen, Norway.
While 74 delegates voted in favour of backing McQuaid at today's Cycling Ireland EGM meeting in Dublin, 91 voted against it.
Cycling Ireland had previously nominated McQuaid when he first stood for the UCI presidency in 2005 and again ahead of his re-election in 2009.
The EGM was convened after the original decision of the national governing body in April to nominate McQuaid for a third term was overturned on a technicality.
The backing of McQuaid led to an outcry from the body's membership and the sole member of the board to vote against it, vice-president Anto Moran, resigned.
Instead of reconvening the board to hold the vote again, it was decided to put the issue to Cycling Ireland's membership.
Ahead of today's vote, Ireland's two greatest cyclists, Stephen Roche and Sean Kelly, both made public statements in support of McQuaid, but their interventions clearly failed to sway enough delegates.
One of those present at the EGM, Derek Troy, provided a live account of proceedings on his @flammecast Twitter feed, outlining some of the arguments put both in favour of and against McQuaid’s nomination by those present.
From his tweets, it appears that overt hostility was shown by some towards the less familiar faces there who had turned up to vote against the nomination.
He added that McQuaid, who was not himself present, had enjoyed “lots of vocal support,” and pointed out that the level of backing for McQuaid at the EGM was unsurprising given that he “has slapped a lot of backs and has a long long long history in cycling in Ireland.”
McQuaid's sole hope for nomination to stand against British Cycling president Brian Cookson now rests with Swiss Cycling, the national federation of the country in which the UCI is based and the Irishman is resident.
Swiss Cycling announced it had nominated McQuaid last month, but that decision is itself the subject of a legal challenge from three of its members - one-time national coach Kurt Buergi, ex board member Mattia Galli, and former pro cyclist Patrick Calcagni.
The organisation has announced that it has convened an arbitration hearing to address the issue.
However, there has been speculation that McQuaid may not even be in ofice by the time the election takes place in September.
At yesterday's UCI management committee meeting in Bergen, committee member Mike Plant of the United States managed to have a dossier that had been compiled on McQuaid with the help of private investigators discussed, despite attempts by the UCI president to block it, as he had done on Thurdsday, the first day of the meeting.
The contents of the dossier have not yet been made public, reports Telegraph.co.uk.