Paul Kimmage, former sports writer for The Sunday Times, is the subject of claims for damages from UCI president Pat McQuaid, former UCI president Hein Verbruggen and the UCI itself.

The claims against Kimmage came about as a result of his writing in The Sunday Times and were made public by the Irish Independent.

The Irish newspaper revealed that all three claims are for 8000 Swiss francs and are being sought for damages due to “annoyance” and the belief that Kimmage has harmed their reputation.

Former professional cyclist Kimmage is the sole subject of the legal proceedings, with Kimmage’s former employers, The Sunday Times, not subject to any action.

In addition to the fine, the trio are looking for Kimmage to “not repeat the material they have complained of, and that at his own expense, he take out advertisements in the international media publicising the court's final order."

Kimmage also faces the prospect of a fine if they are not happy that he has followed the court order.