Who is the puppet master?

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06/17/2013| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
Hein Verbruggen (UCI Honorary President) and Pat McQuaid (UCI President) Fotoreporter Sirotti

Who is the puppet master?

Pat McQuaid gets more bad news & Spain tries to outlaw doping?

In another slap to the face of the current UCI President Pat McQuaid, Irish Cycling would not endorse their fellow countryman for re-election. Typically your own country’s endorsement is a slam-dunk. Earlier, Irish Cycling rubber stamped their approval of McQuaid. However, board member Anthony Moran challenged the vote. Irish Cycling called an Extraordinary General Meeting and in an about-face, voted against endorsing McQuaid. Now he was forced to use the Swiss cycling federation as a means of keeping his presidential nomination alive. The reason he can ask the Swiss for a nomination is Switzerland has been his place of residency.

But over the weekend things took a turn for the worse for Mr. McQuaid. Mike Plant, a member of the UCI Management Committee announced that he couldn’t support McQuaid’s nomination. It was reported that Plant dropped on the UCI Management table a secret dossier of evidence against the Irishman.

I emailed Mr. Plant asking what was in the dossier, does he endorse McQuaid’s presidential rival Brian Cookson, and if not Cookson - who? Plant responded, but didn't answer my question. Instead I got the same stock response he had given every other media outlet. But that has me wondering - what the heck is in that dossier?

McQuaid has already been accused of looking the other way with Lance Armstrong’s positive drug results. What else could Plant have on Pat? Black and white photos of him burying dead hitchhikers in the desert? McQuaid in a secret meeting with the Illuminate plotting a One World Order? Drinking Michelob Ultra? There are so many possibilities...

Monday UCI presidential candidate Cookson tweeted

“I will unveil my campaign manifesto for the UCI Presidency on Monday, June 24th, in Paris. Very proud of the work that has gone into it.”

I for one am curious what Mr. Cookson’s manifesto will contain. Before we all jump aboard the Cookson Express and ride it to Aigle let’s keep in mind that he had, in the past, endorsed McQuaid. Also let’s look at Mr. Plant.

Mr. Plant is a very successful man. Not only does he sit on the UCI Management Committee, he was appointed president of the U.S. Speedskating board, a member of USA’s 1980 Olympics team, and is Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Atlanta Braves. Basically if you want summer or winter Olympic tickets Mr. Plant is your guy.

According to a blog post written by Les Ernest, a former board member of USA Cycling, Plant was part of the takeover of USA Cycling by Thom Weisel, owner of Tailwind Sports, which also owned the U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team. Mr. Weisel’s “USAC Development Foundation” helped USA Cycling crawl out of the financial hole, but with the agreement that USAC Development Foundation Executive Director Steve Johnson was installed as Chief Operating Officer. There are not that many degrees of separation between Johnson and Weisel, owner of a team that has been called one of the most organized and systematic in doping.

Plant may have thrown a live grenade on McQuaid’s chance of re-election, but does

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