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LeMond eyes UCI presidency

Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond could run for the International Cycling Union presidency in a bid to clean up the sport's image.

The 51-year-old believes a change is needed at the top in the wake of a number of doping scandals, the most high-profile being Lance Armstrong who was stripped of his seven titles after the United States Anti-Doping Agency accused him of being at the centre of an organised conspiracy.

"It is now or never to act, said LeMond, who was asked to run by Change Cycling Now, a newly-formed pressure group which held a conference in London over the weekend.

"After the earthquake caused by the Armstrong case, another chance will not arise.

"I'm ready. I was asked and I accepted. If we want to restore public confidence and sponsors, we must act quickly and decisively otherwise, cycling will die.

"Riders do not understand that if we continue like this, there will soon be no money in cycling."

LeMond, now the only American recognised to have won the Tour de France, questioned whether current UCI incumbent Pat McQuaid, president since 2005, was the best candidate.

"I am willing to invest to make this institution more democratic, transparent and look for the best candidate in the longer term," he added in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde.

"I think someone like Dick Pound [former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency], is perfect in terms of ethics, who has real experience in the fight against doping and corruption.

"If Pat McQuaid really loves cycling, as he claims, he would have resigned.

"He could say, 'Okay, I made mistakes, but now I quit to find a new leader for the UCI."