By Duncan Mackay

Pat McQuaid profileApril 12 - Pat McQuaid tonight secured Cycling Ireland's nomination to stand for a third term as President of the International Cycling Union (UCI), even though they want him to put in place a new rule which would limit the number of years any one person can hold the position. 

Another change to the UCI constitution that Cycling Ireland wants to see is to cap the time that certain senior officials can serve it at 16 years,

If that proposal was in place now McQuad would have to step down this year, having already served eight years as the UCI's Road Commission chairman before being elected President in 2006, while his predecessor in the top role, Hein Verbruggen, who now holds an honorary position which still wields considerable influence, would have had to quit six years ago. 

McQuaid's position has been under threat ever since the Lance Armstrong scandal erupted with pressure group Change Cycling Now (CCN), led by Skins founder Jaimie Fuller, mounting a campaign to try to force him to resign. 

Fuller's request to address the Board of Cycling Ireland before the vote in Dublin tonight was turned down by the organisation's President Rory Wyley.

But McQuaid's position still appears to have come under considerable scrutiny from an organisation he himself was President of between 1996 and 1999.

He gave Cycling Ireland's Board a half-hour presentation before they spent four hours debating whether they should support him.

Pat McQuaid with Lance ArmstrongPat McQuaid's handling of the Lance Armstrong scandal has led to calls for him to step down as President of the UCI

But Cycling Ireland did make a series of demands in return for supporting McQuaid, including introducing a rule which in future would mean a President can serve only two four-year terms and that he set-up an independent review of the system of internal controls and processes at the UCI, with the findings to be published and the recommendations implemented.

They also want a rule introduced that means no President, vice president or Management Committee member can serve the UCI for more than 16 years in total over their life time, in any capacity.

"The debate ranged from the whole USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) investigation, to back as far as 2006 when he was first elected President," Board member Anthony Moran told VeloNews.

"We put a number of proposals to Pat and he agreed to them.

"We eventually arrived at a decision that we should back him with these caveats, so let's see how it goes."

Nevertheless, the decision appears to clear the way for the 63-year-old McQuaid to continue as President of the UCI, a position which also carries with it membership of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The election is due to take place during the UCI Road World Championships in Florence between September 21 and 29.

So far no other candidate has declared that they would stand against McQuaid.

Brian Cookson, President of British Cycling, who some countries are trying to persuade to put himself forward, has declared that he supports McQuaid.

Brian Cookson profileBritish Cycling President Brian Cookson is seen as a potential candidate to stand in the UCI election but claims he backs Pat McQuaid

Greg LeMond, a three-time winner of the Tour de France and a leading member of CCN, has claimed that he would be willing to stand but would need the support of USA Cycling, which seems unlikely. 

"I am delighted and honoured that the board of Cycling Ireland has endorsed my nomination as a candidate for the Presidency of the UCI in September 2013," said McQuaid.

"I put myself forward to serve another term as UCI President on my record of developing the sport throughout the world and on combating the scourge of doping in cycling.

"I engaged thoroughly with Board members on both subjects and I welcome their recognition of my achievements and their confidence in me as UCI President.

"The Board has requested that I raise certain concerns on governance issues with the UCI Management Committee and I have undertaken to do so.

"I have set an ambitious agenda to continue developing the sport and to ensure that it remains at the forefront of the fight against doping in sport.

"I look forward to presenting myself for election with the support of my National Federation and other federations worldwide."

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