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Open Letter from Greg LeMond to Pat McQuaid posted on facebook, go like it.
Full text + a little googlebombing
Can anyone help me out? I know this sounds kind of lame but I am not well versed in social marketing. I would like to send a message to everyone that really loves cycling. I do not use twitter and do not have an organized way of getting some of my own "rage" out. I want to tell the world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to resign. 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.
Pat McQuaid, you know dam well what has been going on in cycling, and if you want to deny it, then even more reasons why those who love cycling need to demand that you resign.
I have a file with what I believe is well documented proof that will exonerate Paul.
Pat in my opinion you and Hein are the corrupt part of the sport. I do not want to include everyone at the UCI because I believe that there are many, maybe most that work at the UCI that are dedicated to cycling, they do it out of the love of the sport, but you and your buddy Hein have destroyed the sport.
Pat, I thought you loved cycling? At one time you did and if you did love cycling please dig deep inside and remember that part of your life- allow cycling to grow and flourish- please! It is time to walk away. Walk away if you love cycling.
As a reminder I just want to point out that you recently you accused me of being the cause of USADA's investigation against Lance Armstrong. Why would you be inclined to go straight to me as the "cause"? Why shoot the messenger every time?
Every time you do this I get more and more entrenched. I was in your country over the last two weeks and I asked someone that knows you if you were someone that could be rehabilitated. His answer was very quick and it was not good for you. No was the answer, no, no , no!
The problem for sport is not drugs but corruption. You are the epitome of the word corruption.
You can read all about Webster's definition of corruption. If you want I can re-post my attorney's response to your letter where you threaten to sue me for calling the UCI corrupt. FYI I want to officially reiterate to you and Hien that in my opinion the two of your represent the essence of corruption.
I would encourage anyone that loves cycling to donate and support Paul in his fight against the Pat and Hein and the UCI. Skip lunch and donate the amount that you would have spent towards that Sunday buffet towards changing the sport of cycling.
I donated money for Paul's defense, and I am willing to donate a lot more, but I would like to use it to lobby for dramatic change in cycling. 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- change it now by voicing your thought and donating money towards Paul Kimmage's defense, ( Paul, I want to encourage you to not spend the money that has been donated to your defense fund on defending yourself in Switzerland. In my case, a USA citizen, I could care less if I lost the UCI's bogus lawsuit. Use the money to lobby for real change).
If people really want to clean the sport of cycling up all you have to do is put your money where your mouth is.
Don't buy a USA Cycling license. Give up racing for a year, just long enough to put the UCI and USA cycling out of business. We can then start from scratch and let the real lovers in cycling direct where and how the sport of cycling will go.
Please make a difference.
If this helps
"In 2012 Union Cycliste Internationale president Pat McQuaid and former president Hein Verbruggen, as well as UCI itself, sued Kimmage in Switzerland for defamation. Press attributed this to articles Kimmage had written for the Sunday Times and L'Equipe which discussed doping and UCI. Greg Lemond, Tyler Hamilton, David Walsh, and others voiced their support for Kimmage and a legal defense fund was set up to assist him."
And to put further spin on this
I think the best thing that can come out of the USADA's findings is a clean-up of the UCI.
All these riders that are confessing and clearing their conscience is good so they can now get a solid nights sleep but it isn't doing a lot for cleaning up the future of the support.
The UCI needs to be help accountable for what has allowed to transpire over the past 20 years and Greg is on the money. Lets hope it comments also makes the UCI's case against Paul a little more difficult.
It won't happen. Like the humourous video a couple of posts back, UCI claim to have NFI that there are cyclists using PEDs. Letters from Paul Kimmage and Greg LeMond (and that Jamie guy, CEO of Skins) mean jack to them. Evidence of that is they are still proceding with the lawsuit against Kimmage. LeMond will get one too if he's not careful. Surprised UCI haven't tried to sue Tyler Hamilton. They have skins (no pun intended) thicker than a Rhino. Who is going to make them clean up their act? They are the top dog.
I can't help feeling a bit skeptical about a lot of these riders that are suddenly coming out and confessing, particualrly Hodge and White. They knew the writing was on the wall and it would only be a matter of time before they were outed publically so they jumped before they were pushed.
Maybe if the lawsuit against Kimmage fails somehow then they will implode, but you would have to think they (and their lawyers) are pretty confident that it won't. Or they are just going wear Kimmage down financially (Realistically, $80K isn't going to go very far towards paying Kimmage's legal bills).
These guys are more miss than hit, but I liked that one
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LeMond and the UCI have had the battle before over the "corruption" word before. UCI threaten LeMond with Swiss civil court action, Greg got some legal advice, raised two fingers to the UCI (after sending them a copy of his legal advice) and said do it, and next time you are in the US expect me to return the favour using US law, over your threatening behaviour.
BTW, started this thread to spread the word and play with google, see result 4
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