Former Tour de France winner Greg Lemond has said he is willing to run for president of cycling’s world governing body the UCI on an interim basis.
The 51-year-old American, who won the Tour in 1986, 1989 and 1990, has been highly-critical of the UCI’s failure to tackle doping head on, notably the handling of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal which was brought to light by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Along with lobby group “Change Cycling Now” who are campaigning to clean up cycling Lemond has called for UCI president Pat McQuaid to quit.
Lemond said: “There was a huge amount of political pressure to put all of this under the rug and they (USADA) did an amazing job. The sad thing (is) it took that long to do. I mean the fact was Armstrong was positive in 1999, they were under investigation in 2000. I mean it’s all been there. It’s sad that… that’s why the UCI needs to be held accountable.’‘
After Armstrong was stripped of his titles Lemond is the only American to win the Tour de France. He is now setting his sights on another victory – the UCI presidential elections in March.