Greg Lemond has been assertively alleging that there is widespread corruption within the International Cycling Union (UCI) for over half a decade. In 2006, he gave an interview to L‘Equipe in which he questioned the validity of the UCI’s report on Lance Armstrong’s 1999 Tour de France urine samples that allegedly showed evidence of EPO use. He has not stopped since.
Multiple attempts by UCI president Pat McQuaid to silence Lemond with personal emails and threats of lawsuits have been unsuccessful. Just two months ago, Lemond called for McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen – former head of the UCI and now honorary member of the International Olympic Committee – to resign. In a note posted on his Facebook page, Lemond wrote “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.”
Now, the Change Cycling Now (CCN) campaign, a group of prominent figures including journalists David Walsh and Paul Kimmage, former professional cyclists and team managers Jonathan Vaughters and Eric Boyer, and others, has called for Lemond to challenge Pat McQuaid for leadership of the UCI. When asked by the French newspaper Le Monde if he was preparing to run, Lemond said he was, that
“It’s now or never… If we want to regain the confidence of the public and sponsors, we’ve got to act fast and be tough. If we don’t, cycling will die.”
Such a change in guard would be ground-shaking for the sport