Brian Cookson says he could not ask for “better endorsements” of his bid to remain as president of cycling’s world governing body than men he claims took the sport to “the brink of disaster”.
UCI chief Cookson will take on vice-president David Lappartient in September’s election.
Cookson has been called a “fraud” by predecessor Pat McQuaid, and criticised by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
“Frankly, I don’t want their support,” the Briton told BBC Sport.
“I couldn’t want better endorsements that neither Lance Armstrong nor Pat McQuaid like what I’ve been doing with cycling.
“They are the people who, in their own different ways, took cycling to the brink of disaster.”
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012 following a US Anti-Doping investigation into systematic doping, with the American later admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs.
McQuaid, meanwhile, was among those heavily criticised in a landmark report published in 2015 into the sport’s troubled recent history.
Cookson had criticised the Irishman’s handling of the Armstrong scandal, prior to beating him in an acrimonious presidential campaign in 2013.
Both McQuaid and Armstrong are backing Frenchman Lappartient, with the latter posting the message “ABC (Anybody But Cookson)” on social media.
More to follow.