Three members of Swiss Cycling appeal endorsement of McQuaid

Three members of the Swiss Cycling Federation file a formal appeal to challenge the candidacy of Pat McQuaid ahead of September's elections

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There are more turbulent waters ahead for UCI president Pat McQuaid and his bid for re-election to a third term as the leader of cycling’s governing body.

AFP reported Wednesday that three members of the Swiss Cycling Federation are challenging the decision last month to endorse McQuaid’s candidacy for elections in September.

AFP reported that three unnamed members have filed a formal appeal to challenge Swiss Cycling’s decision in May to endorse McQuaid.

“We received a complaint Tuesday. It emanates from three members of Swiss Cycling,” Swiss Cycling spokesman Selina Küpfer told AFP.

Küpfer also said the issue would be considered by the arbitration tribunal at Swiss Cycling, but did not provide a timetable.

The appeal could have major implications for McQuaid, who is now facing a serious challenge from British cycling president Brian Cookson, who confirmed last week he will stand for the elections in September.

The latest move comes after Jaime Fuller, owner of Skins and founder of Change Cycling Now, garnered support of Swiss Cycling member Kurt Buergi to challenge the federation’s support of McQuaid.

Without endorsement from a governing body, McQuaid or any candidate would not be able to stand for election as president of the international cycling federation.

The Irishman sought the backing of the Swiss federation after members of the Irish cycling federation pressed for an open vote among members.

Instead, McQuaid, who has lived in Switzerland since 2005, sought the backing of the Swiss cycling federation, but others have challenged that move.

Last week, McQuaid punched back, releasing a letter he addressed to cycling federations, characterizing efforts against his candidacy originating from a “small group of activists.”

McQuaid has come under heavy fire in the wake of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s ruling on the Lance Armstrong doping affair.