McQuaid: All I do is fight doping

The President of the International cycling Union (UCI) Pat McQuaid believes "mischievous" reporting is behind many of the allegations made against the governing body and him personally.

McQuaid added that he has done everything in his power to fight doping during his time in charge of the body.

The UCI has always been behind the times when it comes to doping, but McQuaid told The Irish Examiner in an interview that everything possible had been done to catch dope cheats like Lance Armstrong.

"The UCI tested Armstrong and his team so many times, it was always negative," said McQuaid to The Irish Examiner.

"WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] tested him, always negative, USADA [US Anti-Doping] tested him, always negative. AFLD [French National Doping Agency] tested him, always negative, CONI [Italian Olympic Committee] tested him, always negative.

"So the fact that the results were always negative, you ask could more have been done? No it couldn't, simple as that.

"There's been a lot of that as time goes on; the UCI introduces new tests and then the landscape changes," McQuaid continued.

"We're not a police force. My attitude since day one is 'do whatever it takes'. I don't see any reason why I should step down, to let somebody in [who] maybe doesn't know as much, or is as capable, or isn't as passionate, or as dedicated. I think I am the best man."

The Irishman added that he will not resign from the position he has held since 2006 and noted that journalist Paul Kimmage has a vendetta against him.

"I've done nothing to warrant resigning. All I've done since I became president is fight doping as best I could. All I've done is fight doping, promote the sport, working 365 days of the year for the sport," he said.

"It's a personal vendetta he's got against me and the only way he can pull me down is to associate me very closely with my predecessor Hein Verbruggen, doping and Lance Armstrong," McQuaid commented about Kimmage.

"That's the only way he can see to bring me down. This year hasn't been easy for me. It's been difficult and I've put up with a huge amount of criticism, most of which is unjustified but that's the way the media operate."

The independent committee tasked with investigating the UCI amidst the Lance Armstrong case was another of McQuaid's gripes.

"The next step is seeing what the independent commission come up with," said McQuaid.

"But, by the way, there's more mischievous reporting there. That commission was set up to investigate us and how we handled the Lance affair.

"There's been mischievous statements coming out from the likes of Jaime Fuller saying the UCI set the terms of reference and gave them to the commission - the UCI did not set the terms, the commission themselves set the terms of reference.

The first I saw the terms of reference was an hour before they went public by the commission!"

Nevertheless, he believes that cycling is in a good position to move on from the Armstrong case and that it will eventually be forgotten by the public.

"There's nothing to hide from my point of view. I do believe, either way, come 2013, Lance will be forgotten anyway. The sport will move on."

"Look at Wiggins this year. I think the sport is in a very good position. Cycling shouldn't be judged on the Lance Armstrong story. It should be judged on the Olympic Games. 1.5 million people for the road race, the Velodrome was the hottest in terms of atmosphere. The BMX was hugely successful, the mountain biking was hugely successful. The sport is in a great place and is growing.

"So I don't think this is going to have any huge negative effect on the sport. Things are going in the right direction."