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Cycling legend Greg LeMond calls on UCI chief Pat McQuaid to resign

“I donated money for Paul Kimmage’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 three-time tour champ writes.

Three-time winner of the Tour de France, Greg LeMond.
Three-time winner of the Tour de France, Greg LeMond.
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THREE-TIME Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has urged the leaders of cycling’s governing body to resign.

LeMond posted an open letter on his Facebook page last night that asked those who care about cycling to join him in telling International Cycling Union boss Pat McQuaid and honorary president Hein Verbruggen to step down.

LeMond is now the last American to win the Tour since Armstrong was stripped of his titles for his involvement in what a US Anti-Doping Agency report described as a massive doping program.

Verbruggen led world cycling from 1991-2005, the era when Armstrong won his titles. He still sits on the UCI board.

LeMond has donated to the fund to help Irish journalist Paul Kimmage’s fight a defamation case brought by McQuaid and the UCI. And he urges other people to ‘put your money where your mouth is’ in the bid to clean up the sport.

“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,” he writes.

“The sport does not need Pat McQuaid or Hein Verbruggen — if this sport is going to change it is now. Not next year, not down the road, now! Now or never!

“People that really care about cycling have the power to change cycling — change it now by voicing your thought and donating money towards Paul Kimmage’s defense, ( Paul, I want to encourage you to not spend the money that has been donated to your defense fund on defending yourself in Switzerland. In my case, a USA citizen, I could care less if I lost the UCI’s bogus lawsuit. Use the money to lobby for real change).

“If people really want to clean the sport of cycling up all you have to do is put your money where your mouth is,” he adds.

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