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UCI presidential battle goes nuclear

Russian cycling federation Igar Makarov says he won’t hand over the notorious UCI corruption report unless “an external and independent panel of experts is appointed to proceed with such investigations”.

In a letter to ethics commission Pieter Zevenbergen leaked to the Telegraph, Makarov argued that the the commission was not sufficiently independent of the UCI and its sitting president Pat McQuaid.

Makarov said that the fact the secretary to the ethics commission was also the UCI’s legal services manager was “a basic demonstration of the absence of independency of your commission vis-à-vis the UCI management and of your clear incapacity to maintain any confidentiality of the investigation.”

He also said McQuaid’s knowledge of the ethics commission’s activities in relation to a probe about him was “another obvious demonstration – if necessary – that the requested confidentiality and the essential protection of witnesses could not be provided by your commission, not to mention the total absence of independency.”

A summary of the report - compiled by private investigators commissioned by Makarov and UCI management committee member Mike Plant - was leaked earlier this week. McQuaid has already handed that summary to the ethics commission for investigation.

Makarov said the report had been sent to the US Anti-Doping Agency and added: “I reiterate my strong wish to fully collaborate with the UCI ethics commission at the non-negotiable condition that an external panel of experts be appointed to carry out the investigation in total independency and impartiality.”

The report alleges that McQuaid and his predecessor Hein Verbruggen attempted to solicit a bribe from a team manager; that the UCI became involved in a corrupt relationship with another team overnon-payment of salaries; the UCI tried to cover up ALberto Contador’s 2010 doping positive; and that McQuaid benefitted from the UCI’s bending of the anti-doping rules to allow Lance Armstrong to make a comeback at the 2009 Tour Down Under.

McQuaid denies all the charges and has said he will resign from the UCI if any wrongdoing by him is proven.

McQuaid hits out at Brian Cookson

Meanwhile, Pat McQuaid’s latest salvo in the war of words between him and UCI presidency rival Brian Cookson accuses Cookson of planning to run the UCI from the UK, rather than moving to the organisation’s HQ in Aigle.

McQuaid said: “It is already very clear that Brian is seeking a coronation instead of an election. Now he wants to become a ceremonial President.”

In the statement, McQuaid makes much of the fact that Coockson recently retired from his day job. In March 2013, Cookson retired from his mainstream career, where he was employed by Pendle Borough Council as Executive Director (Regeneration).

According to McQuaid, Cookson’s commitment to decouple the governance of the UCI from its day-to-day management is “a ploy to run the UCI from his UK home.”

“The UCI Constitution is very clear on the role of the UCI President. The executive powers vested upon the President can not be simply relinquished or abdicated to un-elected administrators,” said McQuaid.

“I appreciate that Brian has retired but the UCI can not reform its governance and management to accommodate his retirement plans or to facilitate being remunerated while keeping his feet up at home in Lancashire.”

Here’s the full release:

McQuaid calls on Cookson to explain ploy to run UCI from UK home

UCI President Pat McQuaid has called on Brian Cookson to stop pretending that his commitment to separate governance from the management of the UCI is anything other than a ploy to run the UCI from his UK home.

McQuaid claimed that Cookson was willing to become a ceremonial President who was detached from the reality of running the sport.

Although he recognised that many national federations have succeeded in separating governance from management McQuaid said that it would be impractical if not impossible for the UCI to do so.

“The UCI Constitution is very clear on the role of the UCI President. The executive powers vested upon the President can not be simply relinquished or abdicated to un-elected administrators,” said McQuaid.

“The UCI President is fully responsible for representing the sport, managing relations with external agencies such as the IOC and WADA and collaborating with the 178 national federations,” he added.

“The UCI Management Committee is elected to set the mission, vision and strategy for the UCI. The UCI President is also responsible for ensuring that the Director General and executive staff implement that strategy and that they administrate the UCI,” he explained.

McQuaid stated that the day-to-day function of the UCI President dictates as a matter of fact that the position is a fulltime job based in Switzerland.

“It is already very clear that Brian is seeking a coronation instead of an election. Now he wants to become a ceremonial President,” said McQuaid.

“I appreciate that Brian has retired but the UCI can not reform its governance and management to accommodate his retirement plans or to facilitate being remunerated while keeping his feet up at home in Lancashire,” he added.

The Irishman stated that cycling required an experienced President who pursued his own vision, who stood his corner and who had faced and knew how to overcome adversity.

“The position of UCI President is a responsible position. Those who occupy it have a duty to uphold and defend the principles of the UCI and to stand up for cycling rather than capitulating to those who seek to undermine or profit from the sport,” said McQuaid.

McQuaid rejected the notion that Cookson had transformed British Cycling while holding down a fulltime job as a landscape architect, urban designer and regeneration specialist in the Borough of Pendle, Lancashire.

“It can hardly be a mistake that the Queen chose to knight Sir Dave Brailsford as the architect of British Cycling’s success. It is certainly reassuring that I am not alone in distinguishing one architect from the other,” he said.

“Sir Dave Brailsford, National Lottery Funding and SKY’s five-year multi-million Euro agreement to become British Cycling’s principal sponsor are what has transformed British Cycling," said McQuaid.

“Brian Cookson has been President of British Cycling for 16 years. Let no one be fooled that he has the credentials to transform the UCI – even if he gave up retirement, moved to Switzerland and had a full 16 years to do it,” he added.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Goldfever4 [221 posts] 2 years ago
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edster99 [336 posts] 2 years ago
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 35 Pat, Pat, Pat. You are really feeling the pressure.

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Doctor Fegg [143 posts] 2 years ago
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This whole thing is like watching Abdoujaparov run into a giant-sized Coke can at one frame per hour.

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wildoo [36 posts] 2 years ago
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Bored...Bored....Bored.....Bored....

Its like a load of kids sqaubbling in a school playground. McQuaid needs to man up, apologise to the cycling community and membership for his behaviour, admid defeat and walk before he drags cycling down with him draining the UCI coffers on PR, lawyers etc in the process. I love this sport but dispair at the way these kids run it into the ground.

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iwortley56 [3 posts] 2 years ago
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Tbf Pat,your opponent/anyone!!! could probably run it better than at present from the Int. space station.... please go away with what little dignity you, mayb,have left.. Credibilty was gone a long time ago  2

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timbola [245 posts] 2 years ago
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On what planet does Pat McQuaid reside ? ... and if he resides on earth, from what planet did Pat McQuaid hail ? I have avoided a lot of the mud-slinging from the UCI bench, but made the mistake of reading this bit  102

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mattsccm [330 posts] 2 years ago
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Of course BC resigned. its a bloody long way to Switzerland every day. He can't do both jobs which he could with his Jobs. If I was the UCI I would be wanting him to quit other commitments. PMc is just loosing it.

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festival [106 posts] 2 years ago
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What a Plonker!
The scary bit is, there may be people in the UCI that are in a position to cast a vote and who may believe this rubbish.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 2 years ago
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Is Pat running out of ammunition? This just isn't up to the standard of his usual material. Perhaps he's keeping something in reserve.
On another note, is it just my computer, or has the UCI logo on Pat's shirt been added using Photoshop?

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davidgray968 [30 posts] 2 years ago
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"I appreciate that Brian has retired but the UCI can not reform its governance and management to accommodate his retirement plans or to facilitate being remunerated while keeping his feet up at home in Lancashire.”

Is it me or is this similar to what PMc is trying to do re his nomination ie change the rules to suit the situation or in his case his OWN situation.

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gazer117 [26 posts] 2 years ago
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"The position of UCI president is a responsible one".

I've been invloved in cycling for 5 years and i havent seen any responisble behavior from Pat !!!

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skippy [409 posts] 2 years ago
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My recent tweet responding to " Race Radio "!

" Race Radio ‏@TheRaceRadio 33m
Makarov sends corruption report to USDADA http://road.cc/content/news/93520-igor-makarov-sends-corruption-report-u... … McQuaid says @cooksonforuci will run UCI in bathrobe while watching snooker
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@TheRaceRadio @cooksonforuci phat the rat will ruin UCI whilst he fiddles in a toga! Ask Eurosport to stop Ads whilst Vuelta finishes !

Phat the rat has lost the plot , lacks any semblence of dignity these days , thus sprays the media with CRAP !  7

So very clear that when he falls out of bed each day , he has no idea of what is going on , nor what to do !  24

phat , it is not necessary to hop around on one foot , just remove the other from your mouth , then you can behave like a man !  102

You will even be able to make a dignified exit !  103

As it is the door will hit you as you leave !  36

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dp24 [201 posts] 2 years ago
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Is that it Pat? Is this the level of what you've got to say in this debate?

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Rigobear [89 posts] 2 years ago
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Is Pat's last statement a comment on how much damage he and Hein did? It will take more than 16 years to fix the UCI. Pat has only taken eight to plunge it to current depths what an odd boast.

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antonio [1126 posts] 2 years ago
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Still PMQ continues to throw muck as the major part of his campaign, trouble is, he is using a boomerang to throw it and it's coming right back at him!

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CycCoSi [29 posts] 2 years ago
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quote "The UCI President is fully responsible for representing the sport, managing relations with external agencies such as the IOC and WADA"

...and you've made such a good job of managing both those relationships.  102

Stop killing our sport Pat, it's ours (the fans) because without us there's no-one to watch it, no target audience, no sponsors, no revenue.

Just go.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 2 years ago
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And now we are told that the Cycling Federations of Turkey and Barbados have proposed a Constitutional Change that would allow the incumbent President the automatic right to stand for reelection. I think they must mean the bent President.

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stevengoodfellow [55 posts] 2 years ago
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How ever did this person become president of the UCI in the first place? Such warped logic and desperation are certainly not characteristics that would normally identify the head of a reputable international organisation. I guess that's the point though, allow the UCI to be dragged further down towards his level, or opt for change.

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MartinH [19 posts] 2 years ago
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The Rumpo Kid wrote:

On another note, is it just my computer, or has the UCI logo on Pat's shirt been added using Photoshop?

No, but I think the three 6's on his forehead have been digitally removed.