Gregory James (“Greg”) LeMond este o legendă vie a ciclismului mondial. Este singurul american care a câștigat Turul Franței (și a făcut-o de trei ori). Spun că este singurul pentru că Lance Armstrong a fost șters din analele istoriei ciclismului, după ce USADA i-a fabricat un dosar de 1.000 de pagini, cu multe mărturii, prin intermediul căruia ar fi dovedit faptul că a fost implicat ani de zile într-o mafie a dopajului.
Greg LeMond a câștigat prima oară Turul Franței în 1986, devenind primul ciclist din afara Europei care a urcat pe prima treaptă a podiumului. În anul următor, a fost împușcat și rănit serios într-un accident petrecut la vânătoare. S-a recuperat și a intrat din nou în Turul Franței în 1989, an în care a câștigat dramatic, în ultima etapă.
A treia oară când a câștigat Turul Franței a fost în 1990. Este unul dintre cei șase cicliști care au câștigat Turul Franței de cel puțin trei ori.
Greg LeMond avea nevoie de această introducere pentru a se înțelege că este un mare ciclist, un role model, cum spun americanii. Ei bine, Greg a scris o scrisoare pe contul său de Facebook, adresată președintelui Uniunii Internaționale de Ciclism (UCI), Pat McQuaid. În scrisoare, Greg vorbește despre corupția care a împânzit UCI și spune că McQuaid ar trebui să-și dea imediat demisia.
Adevărul este că în toată povestea asta cu dopajul, doar Lance Armstrong a fost pedepsit. Dacă UCI l-a testat de sute de ori și nu a descoperit nimic, ceva e necurat la mijloc.
Scrisoarea lui Greg LeMonde, în original:
Can anyone help me out? I know this sounds kind of lame but I am not well versed in social marketing. I would like to send a message to everyone that really loves cycling. I do not use twitter and do not have an organized way of getting some of my own “rage” out. I want to tell the world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to f##k off and resign. I have never seen such an abuse of power in cycling’s history- resign Pat if you love cycling. Resign even if you hate the sport.
Pat McQuaid, you know damn well what has been going on in cycling, and if you want to deny it, then even more reasons why those who love cycling need to demand that you resign.
I have a file with what I believe is well documented proof that will exonerate Paul.
Pat in my opinion you and Hein are the corrupt part of the sport. I do not want to include everyone at the UCI because I believe that there are many, maybe most that work at the UCI that are dedicated to cycling, they do it out of the love of the sport, but you and your buddy Hein have destroyed the sport.
Pat, I thought you loved cycling? At one time you did and if you did love cycling please dig deep inside and remember that part of your life- allow cycling to grow and flourish- please! It is time to walk away. Walk away if you love cycling.
As a reminder I just want to point out that recently you accused me of being the cause of USADA’s investigation against Lance Armstrong. Why would you be inclined to go straight to me as the “cause”? Why shoot the messenger every time?
Every time you do this I get more and more entrenched. I was in your country over the last two weeks and I asked someone that knows you if you were someone that could be rehabilitated. His answer was very quick and it was not good for you. No was the answer, no, no , no!
The problem for sport is not drugs but corruption. You are the epitome of the word corruption.
You can read all about Webster’s definition of corruption. If you want I can re-post my attorney’s response to your letter where you threaten to sue me for calling the UCI corrupt. FYI I want to officially reiterate to you and Hein that in my opinion the two of your represent the essence of corruption.
I would encourage anyone that loves cycling to donate and support Paul in his fight against the Pat and Hein and the UCI. Skip lunch and donate the amount that you would have spent towards that Sunday buffet towards changing the sport of cycling.
I donated money for Paul’s defense, and I am willing to donate a lot more, but I would like to use it to lobby for dramatic change in cycling. The sport does not need Pat McQuaid or Hein Verbruggen- if this sport is going to change it is now. Not next year, not down the road, now! Now or never!
People that really care about cycling have the power to change cycling- change it now by voicing your thought and donating money towards Paul Kimmage’s defense, (Paul, I want to encourage you to not spend the money that has been donated to your defense fund on defending yourself in Switzerland. In my case, a USA citizen, I could care less if I lost the UCI’s bogus lawsuit. Use the money to lobby for real change).
If people really want to clean the sport of cycling up all you have to do is put your money where your mouth is.
Don’t buy a USA Cycling license. Give up racing for a year, just long enough to put the UCI and USA cycling out of business. We can then start from scratch and let the real lovers in cycling direct where and how the sport of cycling will go.
Please make a difference.