Brian Cookson gains backing of European Cycling Union in UCI president bid

Brian Cookson

British Cycling's president, Brian Cookson, took a big step towards running cycling's governing body today. The European Cycling Union, after a debate with current UCI President Pat McQuaid, decided to back Cookson in this month's presidential elections.

The decision in Zurich this morning weakens McQuaid's bid for a third term and underscores a general need for change following one of cycling's darkest periods.

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