In the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, life has become a growing headache for those associated with cycling, especially Pat McQuaid, the Irishman who runs UCI, the sport's international governing body. After Brian Cookson, head of British cycling and a former McQuaid supporter, announced his candidacy for president in UCI's upcoming elections, McQuaid fired off a letter to presidents of several national governing bodies of cycling in which he said, "A small group of activists has banded together to try, by whatever means, to hijack and derail my candidature in the coming election. Their agenda is narrow and negative, and they have nothing positive or constructive to offer in discussions about cycling's future."
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