Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly came out speaking in support of McQuaid to Clare FM. Follow here to the link:
It’s still interesting the perception is McQuaid is trying to change the election rules, when he has followed the UCI Constitution, and the apparent change to the UCI Constitution everyone thinks is fact has been done by Malaysia, not McQuaid.
No one stops to think what the accusations and allegations against Malaysia has done to damage the relationship with the Asian Confederation. If Cookson wins, he will have a very chilly reception. Can Cookson, by extension, really lead the sport after causing this much damage? Can the sport grow after his caustic attempts to win this election recreates former cycling factions McQuaid united?
As it stands now, McQuaid has the public support of the African cycling nations, the Asian Cycling Nations, and 3 national federations via nomination despite the best attempts of the Cooksonistas (great word by @inrng, thanks for the borrow) to steal this election. Cookson has not received any such endorsements outside of his home cycling nation, and a group of questionable supporters.