When SKINS announced the serving of legal proceedings on the UCI for alleged mismanagement of the Lance Armstrong affair and professional cycling in general, I was obviously confident that our position was a strong one and also that it reflected the majority of world opinion.
But, wow! In a little over a week, I’ve been stunned by the outpouring of support we’ve had from all parts of the world. People inside and outside of cycling have told us ‘way to go’ and other similarly catchy phrases. Some have even added their thoughts on legal procedure and possible evidence we weren’t aware of that we should perhaps consider… Which got me thinking.
Before we served notice, I was satisfied we were supported by genuine evidence to support our claim of mismanagement against the UCI, its President, Pat McQuaid and it Honorary President for Life, Hein Verbruggen. After all, the comprehensive USADA report documents systemic doping and an orchestrated cover up that the UCI said was never happening. It’s all there in over 1,000 pages and the UCI’s ratification of Lance Armstrong’s lifetime ban eventually upheld USADA’s evidence. That doesn’t make our case a ‘slam dunk’, but evidence that’s already in the public domain certainly makes it easier for fans around the world to see the justification for our action.
But what if there are other individuals, teams or organisations who have evidence that they couldn’t normally afford to offer up to legal process? Supposing there is someone reading this who knows something, or knows someone who knows something, that they can’t find a suitable outlet for? This is a call to stand up and be a part of change. So, in essence, if there is anyone who has a story to tell or evidence to reveal and who’s looking for an opportunity to do it without having to break cover, you might have just found your answer.
I would love to hear from anyone who feels they, or their organisation, might fit into that category. If there is anyone out there who thinks they’re in possession of evidence of potential malfeasance, complicit behaviour or even corruption within the UCI, please get in touch.
All information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will, obviously, be subject to suitable ratification and legal scrutiny. All information will be coming to me personally and I will not be sharing your identity with anyone without your consent. We will continue with our action unabated, but if we can offer a platform for an otherwise lone voice then please, just drop me a note and I’ll be happy to talk.
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