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Cycling union’s head wins Swiss backing

International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid can count on the support of the Swiss federation in his bid for re-election, the sport's global governing body said on Thursday.

Cycling union's head wins Swiss backing
World Cycling Centre in Aigle, canton of Vaud, home to the UCI. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Controversial figure McQuaid is aiming for a third term in office when elections take place in September.

The Swiss federation's endorsement has rescued McQuaid from a potentially embarrassing snub.

Traditionally a candidate is supported by his own country's federation.
   
His candidacy had already been endorsed by the Irish Federation in April by 
a vote of five to one but board member Anthony Moran, who had voted against McQuaid, subsequently resigned, leading to Cycling Ireland calling an extraordinary general meeting.
   
That threw up the prospect of the Irish federation withdrawing their 
backing.
   
But having moved to Switzerland in 2005 when first elected UCI president, 
McQuaid qualified for Swiss backing.
   
"I am delighted that the board of Swiss Cycling has endorsed my 
nomination," said McQuaid in a statement released by the UCI, which is based in Aigle in the canton of Vaud.
   
"It has become clear that my nomination in Ireland has been politicised by 
a small group of people."
   
McQuaid has come under fire over the Lance Armstrong doping scandal amid 
allegations he was complicit in a cover-up of failed tests taken by the American.
   
The Irishman insists that it is only due to his organisation catching Tyler 
Hamilton and Floyd Landis that the pair blew the whistle on Armstrong's own doping with the US Postal team.

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On the flip side, bike production in China, which supplies almost the entire global market, has practically ground to a halt.

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