UCI set to discuss Armstrong decision
The embattled International Cycling Union will meet on Friday to discuss the "exact sporting consequences" of the decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles amid calls for president Pat McQuaid to resign.
At this week's route presentation for next summer's 100th Tour, Armstrong's sequence of seven straight wins were marked using asterisks following the United States Anti-Doping investigation which saw the Texan banned for life and stripped of all results since August 1998, a decision the UCI ratified on Monday.
A special meeting of the UCI's management committee will take place on Friday to discuss whether the 1999 to 2005 Tour titles and prize money will be redistributed, but many believe more direct action is required following a saga which has ripped a hole through the heart of the sport.
In an open letter published on Facebook, Greg LeMond, winner of the 1986, 1989 and 1990 Tours and now the only American winner of the race, was critical of Irishman McQuaid and his predecessor Hein Verbruggen, who remains honorary president of the organisation.
"I want to tell the world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to resign," LeMond wrote. "I have never seen such an abuse of power in cycling's history - resign Pat if you love cycling. Resign even if you hate the sport."
LeMond added his weight to the campaign to support former Sunday Times journalist Paul Kimmage, who is the subject of a defamation suit brought by McQuaid and Verbruggen in Switzerland.
The American has made a donation to the fund to support Kimmage's legal fight, but would prefer money is used to "lobby for real change".
"I would like to use it to lobby for dramatic change in cycling," LeMond added. "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."