McQuaid raises questions that should be asked… to him

June 11, 2013

In his leaked secret letter to federation presidents, McQuaid wrote the following story:

  • Challenger Brian Cookson recently visited Igor Makarov, Russian UCI board member (and therefore colleague of Cookson) and Katusha team owner.
  • Makarov is close friends with Mr. Walkiewicz, who was also at the meeting (as it turns out, he was not).
  • In 2006, the UCI Ethics Commission (yes, it exists) found Mr Walkiewicz guilty of breaching the UCI Code of Ethics (apparently, this never happened either, who knows). Note that Mr. alkiewicz is still the honorary president of the European cycling union, the UEC, so in effect “the Verbruggen of the UEC”.
  • Makarov’s company Itera donated  1 million to the UEC “within weeks after the election” which McQuaid tries to make sinister. It may be, I don’t know, but it’s hard to see how making a donation AFTER the election has any effect. To me it would be logical that you donate money to a cause after you know who is running it. If the new president is not to your liking, why give him a million to play with? But I digress.

Based on this, McQuaid thought it appropriate to ask the following questions:

  1. Does he condone Mr Walkiewicz’ s activities?
  2. What was the nature of his visit and discussions with Mr Makarov in Moscow?
  3. Did he establish the facts concerning the €1m donation by Mr Makarov’s company Itera to UEC and does he continue to have concerns on this issue?
  4. Does he share Mr Makarov’s anger over the decision of the UCI Licence Committee to refuse his Katusha team a World Tour Licence?
  5. What assurances can he provide that the independence and impartiality of the UCI Licence Commission will not be compromised by the interests of the Katusha and Team Sky World Tour teams, with whom he and Mr Makarov have conflicting interests, were he to become UCI President.
  6. What assurances has he given Mr Walkiewicz and Mr Makarov in respect of the Presidency he will deliver.

Each and every one of McQuaid’s questions provokes a comment or counter-question. So in the same order as the above:

  1. Does McQuaid condone Mr Verbruggen’s activities?
  2. What was the nature of McQuaid’s discussions with each and every member of the Cycling Ireland board? And with each and every national federation president he has visited or who have visited him in recent months “while he was not at all campaigning” because he was “too busy running the UCI”?
  3. Was Cookson appointed by anybody to investigate such a donation? Or does McQuaid expect anybody visiting anybody to investigate any random allegation? If so, did McQuaid investigate the allegation that Nike paid Verbruggen half a million to hide Lance Armstrong’s “positive” tests?
  4. Given that the CAS overturned the UCI License Commission decision and sided with Makarov, I would hope that Cookson and everybody else would share Makarov’s anger over the now-disgraced decision from the License Commission.
  5. Given that both the Russian and the British federation supported McQuaid in the previous two elections, what reassurances can McQuaid give us that such support hasn’t affected his decisions in the past eight years? As I have always said, there are two types of pro teams – those run (indirectly) by federations who vote for the UCI president and those run by private parties who don’t – how is that a level playing field?
  6. Is this even a sentence? If he means whether Cookson made any promises about what he would do if elected president, it would be good if both candidates would reveal  their secret promises. Not just the promises to the national federations for the actual presidential election (Walkiewicz has already hinted at McQuaid offering Makarov a position within the UCI), but also to Cycling Ireland, Swiss Cycling and British Cycling in order to secure their endorsement for their candidacy.

3 Responses to “McQuaid raises questions that should be asked… to him”

  1. Stephen Says:

    McQuaid really isn’t going himself any favours with all this. I am happy that Cycling Ireland called the EGM and reversed their decision, although the loss of Anthony Moran (board member who resigned after they initially voted yes) will be felt.

    I also think (hope?) that if he is ruled out, more candidates may come forward and run for the position.

  2. Lars Says:

    I actually think that its pretty sure that Pat is not re-elected.

    Harald Tiedemann Hansen Vice president of the UEC, told a while a go that he had been asked to run for the position. He also said:

    “In international cycling circuits are now working hard to find a rival candidate to McQuaid until next month.

    – I see that there are several options, so we’ll see what it will land on. It takes a little of each, said a tight-lipped Tiedemann Hansen.

    – Are you talking now about the other candidates?

    – It may be so. Without that I can say anything more about it.”

  3. WHEN phat the rat pulled the rug out from under the UCIIC , he established his ” worth “!

    Fact is , there should be NOBODY , connected with the 42 ” Voting Delegates ” , that trusts any promise made by phat the rat ! With that in mind , only those that are weilding a white walking stick & ready to retire , will be found voting for him in Firenze ?

    Contacted Cookson after reading his Blog , suggesting he ADD ” Google Translate ” & encourage @GaudryT ( see ) to join the Presidential race . THEN we will have CHANGE that we the Tifosi , can BELIEVE IN !

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