Pat McQuaid, the current president from Ireland, had his nomination by Swiss Cycling withdrawn and could be reliant on a change to the UCI constitution to take his battle with his British challenger Brian Cook to the vote on September 27 in Florence. Lawyers may, therefore, determine whether an presidential election occurs or not.
McQuaid, a Swiss resident since his appointment as UCI president in 2005, failed to win the backing of Cycling Ireland and sought a nomination from Swiss Cycling instead. It was scheduled to come before an arbitration board in Zurich today but, following the withdrawal of the nomination, that has been cancelled.
The Irishman, seeking a third term, maintains the amendment proposed by the Malaysian federation and Asian confederation means his nominations by the Thai and Moroccan federations are valid. This is also being evaluated.
Speaking before the withdrawal of support from Swiss Cycling, McQuaid said: "My opposition have supported various measures to try to exclude me from getting as far as Florence. I think I have valid nominations and there will be an election. I will be quite confident that, in an election, I have the support required to win."
McQuaid and Cookson have both emphasised their readiness to take the increasingly hostile battle to a vote, but the Briton again questioned the validity of the process.
Cookson, president of British Cycling since 1996, said: "The important principle in any democracy is that you must respect the rules as they are, not how you'd like them to be. My hope remains that we have a democratic process based on the rules of the race when it started rather than those made up half way through."
Cookson was making reference to the proposed amendment of article 51.1 of the UCI constitution, which states that "the candidates for the presidency shall be nominated by the federation of the candidate [in McQuaid's case, Ireland]".
The suggested new wording reads that candidates should be nominated by their federation, or "two federations other than the federation of the candidate", which McQuaid has received, from the Thai and Moroccan federations.