Former Tour champion LeMond tells UCI boss McQuaid to quit for 'abuse of power'

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 12:30 hrs

Three-times Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has called for International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid to resign, accusing the Irishman of abusing his powers in the Lance Armstrong doping saga.

The UCI has come under fire amid the doping scandal that implicated Lance Armstrong in the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour titles and dropped by high-profile sponsors Nike and Oakley in the wake of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report, and has yet to comment on it.

LeMond called on McQuaid and his predecessor, honorary UCI president Hein Verbruggen, to quit, insisting that progress in the sport can only be made if they step aside.

In an open letter on his Facebook page, LeMond, who won the Tour in 1986, 1989 and 1990, reiterated his support for journalist Paul Kimmage, who is being sued for defamation by the pair.

"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," quoted LeMond, as saying. 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," he added.

"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!" he said. (ANI)

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