Greg LeMond Talks of Corruption in UCI, Tells Leaders to Resign 19
It's an interesting time for cycling as a whole. Yes, that umbrella term includes mountain biking, as we're all under the same governing body - the UCI. Following the recent Lance Armstrong doping developments, Greg LeMond, a three-time Tour de France winner, has openly called for the UCI's leaders to step down, citing them as "the corrupt part of the sport."
LeMond posted the following open letter on his Facebook page telling UCI President Pat McQuaid and honorary president Hein Verbruggen to resign, and inviting others to join him in "changing the sport of cycling."
Pat McQuaid, whose second term as UCI president expires in September 2013, said he has no intention of resigning over the recently unveiled drug scandals. Hein Verbruggen led the UCI from 1991 to 2005, during which time Armstrong won his titles. Today he is a member of the UCI management board and is perceived as a mentor to McQuaid.
LeMond's letter came shortly after the UCI stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life for his involvement in what has been reported to be a massive doping program.
After reading the letter, we'd love to hear your thoughts. What do you think? Should we, as a whole, withdrawal our support from the UCI? The outcome will surely have an impact on the sport of mountain biking.
An Open Letter from Greg LeMond
Can anyone help me out? I know this sounds kind of lame but I am not well versed in social marketing. I would like to send a message to everyone that really loves cycling. I do not use twitter and do not have an organized way of getting some of my own "rage" out. I want to tell the world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to resign. 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.
Pat McQuaid, you know damn well what has been going on in cycling, and if you want to deny it, then even more reasons why those who love cycling need to demand that you resign.
I have a file with what I believe is well documented proof that will exonerate Paul.
Pat in my opinion you and Hein are the corrupt part of the sport. I do not want to include everyone at the UCI because I believe that there are many, maybe most that work at the UCI that are dedicated to cycling, they do it out of the love of the sport, but you and your buddy Hein have destroyed the sport.
Pat, I thought you loved cycling? At one time you did and if you did love cycling please dig deep inside and remember that part of your life - allow cycling to grow and flourish - please! It is time to walk away. Walk away if you love cycling.
As a reminder I just want to point out that you recently you accused me of being the cause of USADA's investigation against Lance Armstrong. Why would you be inclined to go straight to me as the "cause?" Why shoot the messenger every time?
Every time you do this I get more and more entrenched. I was in your country over the last two weeks and I asked someone that knows you if you were someone that could be rehabilitated. His answer was very quick and it was not good for you. No was the answer, no, no, no!
The problem for sport is not drugs but corruption. You are the epitome of the word corruption.
You can read all about Webster's definition of corruption. If you want I can re-post my attorney's response to your letter where you threaten to sue me for calling the UCI corrupt. FYI I want to officially reiterate to you and Hien that in my opinion the two of your represent the essence of corruption.
I would encourage anyone that loves cycling to donate and support Paul in his fight against the Pat and Hein and the UCI.* Skip lunch and donate the amount that you would have spent towards that Sunday buffet towards changing the sport of cycling.
I donated money for Paul's defense, and I am willing to donate a lot more, but I would like to use it to lobby for dramatic change in cycling. 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 - change it now by voicing your thought and donating money towards Paul Kimmage's defense, (Paul, I want to encourage you to not spend the money that has been donated to your defense fund on defending yourself in Switzerland. In my case, a USA citizen, I could care less if I lost the UCI's bogus lawsuit. Use the money to lobby for real change).
If people really want to clean the sport of cycling up all you have to do is put your money where your mouth is.
Don't buy a USA Cycling license. Give up racing for a year, just long enough to put the UCI and USA cycling out of business. We can then start from scratch and let the real lovers in cycling direct where and how the sport of cycling will go.
Please make a difference.