LeMond won the Tour 1986, ’89 and ’90 and wrote that corruption is a far bigger problem in cycling than doping. “I believe that there are many, maybe most that work at the UCI that are dedicated to cycling,” he said. “They do it out of the love of the sport, but you and your buddy Hein have destroyed the sport.
“You know dam[n] 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. … The problem for sport is not drugs but corruption. You are the epitome of the word corruption.”
McQuaid, whose term expires next September, said in a press conference announcing the Armstrong sanctions Monday he had no intention of resigning. When previously accused of corruption by cyclist Floyd Landis and journalist Paul Kimmage, the UCI and the two leaders have filed defamation suits. This month, McQuaid, Verbruggen and the UCI announced that they had been awarded damages of about $10,000 in the Landis case. However, it is unclear whether it is applicable outside Switzerland.
LeMond, in his Facebook note, supports Kimmage “I would encourage anyone that loves cycling to donate and support Paul in his fight against Pat and Hein and the UCI,” LeMond wrote. “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.”