Former vice president of the board of Cycling Ireland Anthony Moran last night outlined the reasons for his shock resignation from the post yesterday, revealing he had lost faith in the UCI and Pat McQuaid.
Moran stated after last Friday’s board meeting in Dublin that he had voted not to nominate McQuaid — who is seeking a third term at the helm of the sport’s Governing Body in September. Moran is believed to have been the only member of the seven man board to take that stance, with McQuaid’s nomination being ratified.
And speaking on Newstalk’s Off the Ball show last night, Moran said enough was enough.
“Essentially we were asked to nominate Pat McQuaid for a third term as president of the UCI but ever since USADA released their reasoned document into doping practices at Lance Armstrong’s US Postal team (last October), I got very upset and it just drained any belief I had in pro cycling and the UCI and consequently I couldn’t vote for him.
“There is only so much a man can take and personally I couldn’t say to the UCI ‘jog on, everything’s fine’ because I don’t believe it is.”
Moran added: “There are four things that helped make up my mind to resign.
“Look back at Lance, the UCI knew he was a doper. They found EPO and human growth hormone in his system so they knew he was a doper. That was something I couldn’t really take, what message does that send that he comes back into the sport when they knew he was on the gear?
“Secondly, Hein Vergbruggen is still there in the UCI as an honorarypresident. He should not be allowed next or near Aigle (UCI headquarters) in any way shape or form, he’s the one who said Lance never, never doped.
“The whole relationship between Usada and Wada as well and finally the Independent Commission that the UCI set up and later disbanded.”
While he said McQuaid has done some good for the sport since he took up office in 2005, Moran said he hopes a new man can be put in place this year to take the sport forward.
“I hope a good strong candidate comes from Europe and someone who has a clear vision, and someone who comes up with a really good strategy to combat doping. After all that’s gone on he doesn’t have an opponent. I find that unbelievable. Somebody has to come forward and stand up.
“Having said all of that, if Pat McQuaid gets back in and does a great job and cleans up cycling, I will be the first to doff my cap to him. It genuinely is nothing personal but we simply have to have accountability.”
Meanwhile, it emerged last night that Lance Armstrong produced four positive tests for use of banned substances during 1999 Tour de France, rather than one as previously reported.
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