Originally written on Fox Olympics  |  Last updated 9/20/14
Seeking re-election amid fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping affair, UCI President Pat McQuaid believes the high-profile case should not be an issue in the campaign for the leadership of cycling's world governing body. McQuaid's opponent, British federation leader Brian Cookson, has offered cycling a fresh start after the damaging case fuelled claims the UCI protected Armstrong from doping allegations during his 1999-2005 run of Tour de France wins. McQuaid, who became UCI leader in 2005 after Armstrong first retired, said Monday the American rider "and issues related to him" should not affect the September vote. "I don't think he should be a factor," McQuaid said in an interview with The Associated Press as he launched his campaign manifesto Monday. "This election should not be about what happened 10 years ago. This election should be about cycling today and cycling tomorrow." McQuaid's key pledges in a 20-page document, "A Bright Future for a Changed Sport," include to "pr...
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