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Sunday 22 October 2017

Cycling: McQuaid in a dogfight

Glasnevin man Pat McQuaid goes in search of another four years at the helm of the Union Cycliste Internationale in 2013.

He has racked up eight years at the top, but 2012 has not been easy for the former PE teacher. It has been a torrid time with Lance Armstrong's fall from grace.

Now McQuaid faces the challenge from three-times Tour de France winner Greg LeMond for the post. LeMond was asked by the new Change Cycling Now group to run for the presidency in a bid to remove McQuaid.

Pat could also face the prospect of the governing body of cycling in Ireland reneging on his nomination to the position of president. This would not be the first time Irish cycling has not nominated him.

Back in the early '90s McQuaid sought the governing body's support for a nomination to the UCI executive. On that occasion, he was defeated by a margin of nine to one. It certainly is going to be an interesting nine months before the vote in Spain.

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