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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Cycling: McQuaid lashes LeMond's UCI bid

Pat McQuaid has dismissed suggestions that three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond should replace him as president of the International Cycling Union to lead the sport out of its crisis following the Lance Armstrong doping affair.

McQuaid said LeMond "knows nothing" about operating elite cycling and anti-doping programmes.

The UCI leader added that LeMond "has been used" by cycling activists who met in London this month and "made a mistake" letting them promote his bid to replace McQuaid. He said the American rider is "outside cycling, shouting at it looking in".

The Irish official said he won't step down, insisting: "I need to oversee the action," as the UCI consults with stakeholders on cycling's future.

The UCI is also co-operating with an independent panel's investigation into its links to Armstrong.

Six Irish on the brink of medal success

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SIX Irish boxers are one win away from claiming at least a bronze medal at the European U-23 Championships in Kaliningrad, Russia, after Declan Geraghty and Jason Quigley joined Hugh Myers, Mark O'Hara, Thurles Moran and Christy Joyce in the last eight of their respective categories.

Crumlin BC southpaw Geraghty, who reached the last 16 of the 2009 World Senior Championships in Milan, hammered German bantamweight Erik Sokolov 15-6, while Donegal middleweight Quigley was equally impressive in beating Estonia's Deniss Kormilin 19-7.

Meanwhile, a documentary film marking the 40th anniversary of Muhammad Ali's visit to Ireland to fight Al 'Blue' Lewis at Croke Park on July 19, 1972 has its first public showing at the IFI cinema in Dublin on Sunday at 1.0.

The documentary combines a wealth of archival material with colourful reminiscences of people who came into contact with Ali, like Eddie Kerr, who gave him some tips on hurling, Cathal O'Shannon, who did a memorable interview for RTE, and Rock Brynner, son of screen star Yul, then a Dublin university student.

The documentary will be shown on RTE 1 on New Year's Day.

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