(Authors note: I am going to try to let this go after today. But there may be more. There is a hypocrisy I see right now and I don’t feel I can end without at least saying the following)

An Open Letter to Pat McQuaid, President UCI

Dear Mr. McQuaid,

Yesterday it was announced that Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) would not contest the charges brought by USADA against Lance Armstrong. Further you said that UCI would support the recommendations that Mr. Armstrong be banned for life and stripped of all of his titles. I believe that that decision was the correct one. I believe that Mr. Armstrong should be suspended from cycling until such time as he tells the truth about his activities during the period in question. There is a mountain of evidence against him that can no longer be denied and it is time for some honesty in this regard.

I believe that more must be done to protect the integrity of the sport. You are quoted as saying that: “‘Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling, and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling”. This statement is filled with hypocrisy. It falsely simplifies the issue by blaming one individual for a culture of cheating in the sport. It fails to recognize the people and institutions (including your own) that failed cycling during that time. It fails to recognize the people and institutions (including your own) that profited from Mr. Armstrong’s apparent success while ignoring the good of the sport.

Mr. McQuaid you served as the UCI Road Commission Chairman for 8 years before becoming President of the UCI in 2006, a position that you still hold. In your positions you were and are responsible for the integrity of the sport. The years of your tenure coincide with the “Lance Armstrong Era” which has now been shown to be dicredited due to mass cheating among the professional ranks. Christian Prudhomme has decided that the Tour de France titles vacated by Mr. Armstrong should remain blank given the inability to ensure that any of the lower riders were clean at the time of their victories. This is a stunning indictment of cycling and there is plenty of responsibility to be shared for these sad events.

In your position as Road Commission Chairman and now as President of UCI you failed to properly supervise the sport. By your accounts Mr. Armstrong passed about 200 drug tests administered by UCI. Clearly the policies and testing procedures that were in place under your administration were inadequate. There is a either real of perceived conflict of interest regarding the donation Mr. Armstrong made to UCI in conjuction with a failed drug test.  In a previous post of mine I detailed the moral failings of USADA in the process they followed in pursuing a case against Mr. Armstrong. One must also question the commitment and integrity of UCI in this matter as well.

Cycling must move beyond this difficult affair. UCI must institute meaningful reforms to ensure the integrity of the sport. Because of your failure of leadership during this era I do not believe that you can provide the leadership needed to do this. I am therefore calling on you to resign immediately from UCI. Please do the right thing for the sport.


Doug Bohl

(Sport Cyclist)


8 thoughts on “UCI

  1. Great letter! Maybe we all need to send letters like this. I have felt that I can only applaud these decisions with one hand– the other is holding my nose closed against the stink of USADA & UCI hypocrisy.

    • No, but I am thinking about it. I need an address 🙂 Tyler Hammilton called on McQuaid to resign, but somehow I think that is more pot/kettle stuff and will be lost in Tyler’s own sins.

  2. Good to see that there are others willing to write , rather than sit on the sidelines !

    You will see from my blogs that i have written to MANY , who are in a position to effect Change ! Me , a retired Cyclist who has ridden many of the Grand Tour Routes , what would i know , they must think ?

    Fatty organising a ” Change.org Petition ” would create a ground swell that would cause the Petition to go ” Viral “!

    Thin about what would happen IF ” Doping/PEDs were illegal in the USA ? Supply & Distribution would carry severe Penal penalties and thus those i call ” shamateurs ” would find it harder to gain ” bragging rights ” by taking ” short cuts ” !

    Send your letter to @Paul Kimmage @davidwalshST @wadamedia @iocmedia and of course http://www.uci.ch

    With this range of contact , i feel sure you will get replies , perhaps contribute to the OUTING of those at UCI responsible for the ” debacle ” there!

    Contributions to ” Paul Kimmage Defence Fund ” are of the order of US$70000 with 2250+ concerned contributors , open until the 1st Dec !

    Sign the ” Change.org Petition ” found on my facebook wall , costs nothing , but sends a clear message to the ” prats of Aigle “!

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