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Former UCI chief comes out fighting
21 Apr 2015 09:09
UCI president Brian Cookson has insisted he will not get dragged into a public war of words with cycling's formed head Hein Verbruggen.
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Verbruggen, the president of international cycling during the Lance Armstrong years, says he will fight any attempt to remove him as honorary president of the UCI after being criticised by the CIRC inquiry into the doping scandal.
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He also claims he is being targeted by Cookson as a "personal revenge campaign" and has written to UCI board members vowing not to stand down.
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Cookson said: "I think Mr Verbruggen's letter speaks for itself. Those who have read the CIRC report will understand where the UCI went wrong in the past, including the conflicts it needlessly got into and which seriously damaged its credibility.
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"I was elected to change the way the UCI conducts itself and I won't be drawn into this kind of public conflict."
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