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Mike Plant publicly ends his support of Pat McQuaid

Stephen Farrand
June 16, 2013, 09:33,
June 16, 2013, 10:40
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, June 17, 2013
UCI President Pat McQuaid at the UCI headquarters in Aigle

UCI President Pat McQuaid at the UCI headquarters in Aigle

  • UCI President Pat McQuaid at the UCI headquarters in Aigle
  • Mike Plant

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Influential UCI Management Committee member calls for credible leadership

Mike Plant, a key member of the UCI Management Committee has announced that he can no longer support UCI President Pat McQuaid, saying that cycling is at a critical turning point and needs strong, credible leadership.

Like McQuaid, Plant has been involved in cycling for more than 20 years. He organised the Tour de Trump and Tour DuPont in the USA and first Tour of China, and has sat on the board of USA Cycling and the United States Olympic Committee. He was a member of the UCI Management Committee between 1997 and 2004 and was re-elected in 2009.

Plant is an experienced sports politician but also understands the business of professional sports. He has been critical of the UCI in recent times, especially after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and the lack of credibility in professional cycling following the publication of the USADA reasoned decision.

Plant allegedly produced a secret dossier on McQuaid's work as UCI President and presented it to UCI Management committee meeting in Norway on Thursday. Several sources indicate that the explosive dossier sparked a heated debate on Friday and possibly a vote of no confidence in McQuaid. The outcome of the vote is not known.

When contacted by Cyclingnews, Plant refused to reveal what happened behind closed doors at the UCI Management meeting but in a significant move, he has now publicly ended his support of McQuaid in a damning statement sent to Cyclingnews.

After Irish Cycling club members voted against nominating McQuaid for re-election on Saturday, the Irishman's position and hopes of re-election have become even more untenable.

"I have been asked by a number of media outlets to provide information about our recent UCI Management Committee meeting and my actions during an executive session at the conclusion of the meeting yesterday, June 14th," Plant's statement reads.

"Since that portion of the meeting was in a closed session of the members, I will not answer questions about what has transpired, however, I believe it is time to make my views public."

"I can no longer support the current President of the UCI. In private discussions with the UCI President and fellow members of the UCI Management Committee, I have made my reasons, findings and concerns clear to him and my colleagues."

"This isn't a time for self-interest"

Plant called for strong credible leadership for the long-term good of cycling.

"This is a critical turning point in the history of our sport, and strong, credible leadership has never been more important. The impact of the decisions being made today will be felt for generations to come."

"What the sport of cycling needs most at this crucial time in its history is to be guided by a consistent set of values. This isn't a time for self-interest; this is a time for doing what is in the best interest of the sport."

"That's my primary objective for the sport I have been a part of for 40 years. I learned long ago that ethics and integrity cannot be situational; they must be constant and unwavering."

Plant did not say if he will now support Brian Cookson at the UCI Presidential elections in September or if he will resign his position on the UCI Management Committee.

McQuaid has tried to temper criticism of the UCI by announcing major changes to the structure of professional cycling from 2015 and reviews and changes of the governance of the international body that runs the sport.





igamogam More than 1 year ago
Is he ending his support because he didn't get the result he wanted?
rider1000 More than 1 year ago
Mike Plant, Candidate for UCI President in 3...2...
Evan Shaw More than 1 year ago
Actually I was convinced he had no ethics nor integrity. Perhaps I was wrong and unfairly judged him. He may have had NO alternative than to work from within lest he he outed a al the Armstrong tactics of divide conquer intimidate and destroy. Yes this may be merely a political decision with his own self interest. However, it may actually be a courageous move that could dramatically pivot the forces to oust McQuaid and begin a cleansing of the UCI and cycling. Hope springs eternal, without it we are all doomed to repeating the past
Niels Johan Thissen More than 1 year ago
McQuaid his Big Ego won't let him step down (from his re-election bid)...the dude is simply blinded by his own shadow...
ianfra More than 1 year ago
I have never seen someone in the type of position that McQuaid occupies come up with such childish and anti-democratic nonsense. Every time something happens, such as Cookson announcing his candidature, he spouts off a load of infantile nonsense. Not for nothing is he known as the Irish tinker. Sadly, his family have benefited from McQuaid's position with members of his close family involved in owning overseas tours and the like. Shades of corruption somewhere along the line. 4 years ago I wrote to McQuaid about the corruption and shenanigans that goes on in the Thai Cycling Association. I sent 3 letters and 3 emails. I received not even an acknowledgement though I did note he visited the TCA in Bangkok, received an award from the King and lorded it up for a few days at someone's expense. McQuaid is and was bad news. The sooner we have a professional manager at the top then the sooner we'll have a sport that's administered in the way it deserves. The sooner is buffoon goes the better.
ianfra More than 1 year ago
The last sentence should read: The sooner this buffoon goes, the better!
poonworks More than 1 year ago
na na na na , hey hey hey, good bye !
BklynRoadie More than 1 year ago
"And now, the end is here And so I face the final curtain......."
Edna Bambrick More than 1 year ago
What was the straw that broke the camels back? Because for most that camel died in the desert during the original filming of Lawrence in Arabia.
T.Hamiltonrocks More than 1 year ago
Terminator, just go away troll
DirtyWorks More than 1 year ago
Mike Plant, together with Jim Ochowicz and Thom Weisel are the troika that has controlled American cycling since the late 1980′s. Plant is in *deep* on doping and corruption inside USA Cycling. Plant is Thom Wiesel's proxy. Clearly Thom and Pat are not on speaking terms any more. Google the terms "les earnest mike plant" Les Earnest was bought out of USA Cycling so Wiesel and Plant could launch the USPS sports fraud (doping) programs. In 2013, the USPS program is gone, but the USACDF and Armstrong's Bontrager doper development squad. To be 100% clear, not all the riders dope on that squad. The ones that do graduate to the elites where they never test positive.