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“I am not aware of any letter. At the moment, we at the DCU have decided to see which candidates will come forward and evaluate them thoroughly before deciding who to recommend for the UCI presidential post.”

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16.06.2013 @ 12:11 Posted by Lukas Knöfler and Philip Tarning-Andersen

The Danish cycling federation, DCU, deny to have sent a letter to support Pat McQuaid when the Irishman sought nomination for another term as UCI president from his home nation’s cycling federation. However, Anthony Moran confirms that a letter was sent ahead of Cycling Ireland’s board meeting on the 12th of April, when the original decision to nominate McQuaid was taken (it was later overturned, see this chronology for details).

 

At yesterday’s Cycling Ireland extraordinary general meeting (EGM) Pat McQuaid was not nominated as candidate for the UCI presidential election. With the vote 91 to 74 against him, McQuaid will now have to find a different federation to endorse him if he wants to stand for a third term at the election in September.

 

According to Cycling Ireland member Derek Troy who was attending the EGM, there was support for McQuaid from the Danish and Caribbean federations: In one of his Twitter updates from the meeting he wrote “Letters of support from Caribbean and Danish feds for Pat”. He later confirmed that it was said during the meeting that one of the letters was from the DCU when contacted by our sister site Feltet.dk.

 

DCU chairman Niels Sørensen denies that the federation has written such a letter, or that they support any candidate for the election at the moment: “I am not aware of any letter. At the moment, we at the DCU have decided to see which candidates will come forward and evaluate them thoroughly before deciding who to recommend for the UCI presidential post,” he says in a press release.

 

Former Cycling Ireland board member Anthony Moran, the only one to vote against McQuaid at the Cycling Ireland board meeting on the 12th of April and the man who started the process towards yesterday’s EGM by appealing this decision, has however confirmed to CyclingQuotes.com that a letter was sent from Denmark ahead of this original vote.

 

So far Brian Cookson, nominated by British Cycling, is the only candidate for the UCI presidential post for the 2014-2017 term. Pat McQuaid could now seek nomination from Swiss Cycling who have indicated last month that they would nominate him. It is however unclear whether this nomination will hold up, with a legal challenge against it and suggestions that the backing at the Swiss meeting wasn’t as unanimous as claimed.

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