Endurance: International Cycling Union

Pat McQuaidFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty ImagesUCI president Pat McQuaid doesn't believe the Lance Armstrong case will affect his re-election.
AIGLE, Switzerland -- Pat McQuaid insists the Lance Armstrong doping affair should not be an issue in his bid to remain president of cycling's governing body.

McQuaid faces British federation leader Brian Cookson in the Sept. 27 election. In a race that appears tight, McQuaid seeks a third four-year term in the vote that coincides with the road world championships in Florence, Italy.

The Armstrong case fueled claims the International Cycling Union protected Armstrong from doping allegations during his Tour de France wins from 1999 to 2005. McQuaid, who became UCI president in 2005 after Armstrong first retired, said Monday the American rider and "issues related to him" should not affect the vote.

"I don't think he should be a factor," McQuaid said in an interview with The Associated Press as he began laying out his campaign Monday. "This election should not be about what happened 10 years ago. This election should be about cycling today and cycling tomorrow."

McQuaid listed key pledges in a 20-page document, "A Bright Future for a Changed Sport." He aims to "preserve the new culture and era of clean cycling," promote women's cycling and continue developing the sport outside its traditional European base.

As an IOC member since 2010, McQuaid also suggests cycling needs to maintain a voice within Olympic decision-making, including new medal events at the Summer Games.

Cookson contends he has the support of cycling officials dissatisfied with how UCI dealt with allegations about Armstrong's doping, which was finally detailed in a report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last October.

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Pat McQuaidFabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty ImagesThe incumbment Pat McQuaid will bid for his third term as president of the International Cycling Union.
AIGLE, Switzerland -- Pat McQuaid will face one challenger as he bids for a third term as president of world cycling's governing body.

The International Cycling Union confirmed on Monday that Brian Cookson, president of British Cycling, will be the only candidate to stand against McQuaid in the Sept. 27 election in Florence, Italy.

Candidates had until Saturday to put their names forward.

McQuaid has been UCI president since 2005 but has been under pressure since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report last year that led to Lance Armstrong being banned for life from cycling and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

-- Associated Press
LeMondAndrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond says riders don't trust the sport's governing body.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Former Tour de France winner Greg LeMond says professional cycling must take drug testing out of the hands of the International Cycling Union for the sport to clean up.

LeMond spoke Monday night at a University of Texas symposium on doping in sports. LeMond says riders don't trust the sport's governing body, which has had to defend itself against allegations it helped Lance Armstrong cover up doping offenses.

LeMond won the Tour de France in 1986, 1989 and 1990 and is now recognized as the only American winner after Armstrong was stripped last year of his seven victories.

Bill Bock, attorney for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said riders should be given amnesty to come clean about doping. Bock says riders are tired of living in the shadows about doping.

-- Associated Press

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