LONDON (AP) — Pat McQuaid's bid for a third term as head of world cycling's governing body is in doubt with his role in the Lance Armstrong scandal still under scrutiny.
The Irishman secured the nomination of his national cycling organization two weeks ago on the condition he overhauls the UCI in the wake of Armstrong's systematic doping to win seven Tour de France titles.
But Cycling Ireland withdrew its endorsement late Friday and decided to convene an emergency general meeting. Company secretary Geoff Liffey said the EGM will "consider matters which have arisen following the decision" to nominate McQuaid.
While Cycling Ireland said it would distribute details to its clubs next week, McQuaid put the decision down to a technicality.
"I understand that Cycling Ireland has now decided to refer the matter to an EGM as a result of a technicality arising from the fact that its president temporarily vacated the chair of the nomination meeting so that he could contribute to the meeting under the chair of the CEO," McQuaid said on the UCI website. "This decision was taken on the basis of legal advice on procedural rules not on the merits of my nomination, which the board has endorsed."
Uncertainty has hung over McQuaid's future since the U. S. Anti-Doping Agency report that led to Armstrong being banned from cycling for life and stripped of his seven Tour titles said the UCI helped to cover up some suspicious samples from the American.
McQuaid has previously denied any improper collusion, but USADA head Travis Tygart urged Armstrong on Thursday to come forward with information detailing the alleged UCI complicity.
The UCI has told Tygart to "establish the facts before jumping to conclusions."
An independent commission had been established to examine claims the UCI had accepted financial donations from Armstrong as well as covering up samples. But the UCI shut it down, instead preferring a separate amnesty-style "truth and reconciliation commission."