Cookson, who was elected as the head of cycling’s governing body in September 2013, told the congress on Sunday that he will seek a second and final term to continue the work he has started over the past two-and-a-half years.
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“Although it hasn’t always been easy, we have made significant progress – but now is not the time for us to be distracted or diverted,” he said. “It’s important to remember that I am only in the third year of my first four-year mandate.
“Together, we still have much more to do. We all have a responsibility to deliver. Stability, not conflict, is what we need to continue our journey forward. All our progress has not come about by chance. It has been delivered through hard work, unity and dedication and I am grateful for the support of the global cycling family in driving our sport forward.
“My vision is that the UCI will be known as the best respected and trusted International Federation. One that is known for good governance, open and transparent procedures, forward thinking and which embraces innovation whilst respecting our heritage. An organisation leading a sport which people, sponsors, stakeholders, want to be part of.
“I am passionate about this vision and I know that there is still a lot of work to do. So I want to be clear that I fully intend to come back to you next year at this congress to seek your support for a final 4-year term as UCI President.”