By Hernan Alvarez Macias in Madrid
Moreno made his contribution
Spain's Gregorio Moreno actually didn't expect to win the UCI presidential elections. When Cyclingnews reached him in Casa de Campo last Wednesday, he said defeat in Friday's annual congress wouldn't take him by surprise. The only rival to Ireland's Pat McQuaid, Moreno lost with 11 votes to against 31 votes that the Irishman received. "Last night, I had practically 18, 20 votes, but well... the last hours matter... [and can change an election]," he said after the election.
"I have made a contribution to cycling," stated Moreno. "I think something has changed and something has to change and it begins today. At first, there was some discrepancy that was never shown. Everyone said that they disagree and that there were things in cycling that should be changed, but nobody said it loudly. My candidature was representatively to say it loud and say, 'Gentlemen: we have to listen to everyone.'"
Vuelta a España general director Victor Cordero said to Cyclingnews about the elections "there's nothing to answer or to judge."
"The elections' development was correct and democratic. The result is obviously not the one that we would have liked; we should give the new president [Pat McQuaid] at least 24 hours for him to state his points of view. Apart from our concern for cycling in general, we obviously care about the ProTour. I guess the word 'intransigent' that he used in his speech as candidate will not be maintained now as president. I hope from now on, we start from zero and we start working with the others."
Cordero added that McQuaid should be listened to see how he thinks and what he will do. "We didn't have many chances to know what he will do. We are used to democratic decisions. The president's election is certainly democratic and we will try [to discuss]. We should go on and let's see how things go."
Cyclingnews coverage of the UCI elections
September 24 - Spain's perspective on UCI election result
September 24 - Darshan Singh retires
September 23 - A wonderful moment for McQuaid
September 23 - McQuaid wins UCI presidential election
September 22 - IOC rejects complaints; Election to go ahead as planned
September 21 - World's opens, Spanish federation explains
September 20 - UCI committee exits Madrid
September 18 - Conflict between Schenk and UCI goes on
September 15 - Moreno not a Grand Tour stooge
September 8 - Baguet explains, Singh files third complaint
September 6 - McQuaid still UCI choice
September 3 - Verbruggen candidate for UCI presidency again
August 31 - Verbruggen nominated for UCI president
August 25 - UCI Ethics Commission meets
August 17 - Darshan Singh protests against UCI elections
Interview with Pat McQuaid: Next in line? Part II
Interview with Sylvia Schenk: Continuing her quest for Law & Order. Part II
August 6 - Moreno aims for presidency role
July 31 - UCI attacks Sylvia Schenk
Interview with Pat McQuaid: ProTour & Phonak, New teams & the UCI succession. Part II