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Paul Kimmage relieved by withdrawal of UCI legal action

Updated: Friday, 11 Oct 2013 19:18 | Comments

Paul Kimmage was sued by the UCI after allegations against it over the Lance Armstong doping scandal
Paul Kimmage was sued by the UCI after allegations against it over the Lance Armstong doping scandal

Sportswriter Paul Kimmage, who was targeted with legal action by the UCI, has spoken of his relief that the international cycling union has dropped its case - and called for Hein Verbruggen to be removed as honorary president.

Kimmage, the former professional cyclist-turned-journalist, was sued by the UCI after making allegations about its handling of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

The Dubliner was informed by new UCI president Brian Cookson this week that the legal action has now been dropped.

Verbruggen was UCI president at the time of Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories, and it has now emerged that authorities were aware of at least one failed drugs test by the American rider.

Kimmage said: "I am very relieved, it has been a very difficult 20 months and I hope this means things have turned a corner.

"Brian Cookson has my every best wish but he is going to need some time and space to clear up the mess.

"I do believe however that Hein Verbruggen should be removed absolutely from any position at the UCI."

"The fund enabled me to take on the UCI with a proper Swiss lawyer and so I was able to take the fight to them" - Paul Kimmage

Kimmage also wants any money left over from a fighting fund set up to provide money from his legal battle to be return to the donors.

There is controversy over this fund, however, with the person in control of the account facing questions over where the money has gone.

Kimmage added: "That has been the other frustration. The fund enabled me to take on the UCI with a proper Swiss lawyer and so I was able to take the fight to them.

"Unfortunately the person looking after that fund decided he was going to deny me access to that money. I never asked for the fund to be set up, I was very thankful it was, but have never had any control over it.

"I now want all the money left to be paid back to the people that paid it, who were more than generous."

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