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by Shane Stokes
October 5, 2017
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Former UCI president Pat McQuaid has weighed in once again on his successor, Brian Cookson, saying that the Briton was warned to stop letting former UCI Director General Martin Gibbs make key decisions, but failed to do so.
“He was told several times by management committee members that they were not happy with that situation and that he needed to change it, and to take more of the responsibility himself, but he refused to do that,” McQuaid told VeloNews. “That’s where it went wrong.
“He had five confederation presidents on his management committee for the last four years and they all had a big influence on the vote. They had warned him to get more involved in the presidency. He didn’t do that.”
Speaking before the election, his challenger – and the-then UCI Vice-President – David Lappartient, told CyclingTips and The Telegraph that someone else was the real power behind the UCI under Cookson. “That is not only my personal feeling, but the feeling of the management committee members,” he stated. “They said, okay, we elected the president, but in fact it is not him who is the president of the UCI.”
It was interpreted that he was referring to Gibbs, although he didn’t specifically name the individual. Lappartient went on to dominate the election, beating Cookson 37-8. “He needed to take the decisions going forward, and not the director general,” said Italian Cycling Federation president Renato Di Rocco, according to VeloNews. “We tried many times to convince him to change his ways but he always refused. He had two years to put things right but he didn’t want to do it or couldn’t do it. I don’t know the reason.”
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