Brian Cookson denies closing Paris track for personal training session

Video posted on Facebook by Malaysian coach suggests UCI President Brian Cookson stopped athletes getting on the track during a training session on Thursday

UCI President Brian Cookson denied closing the world championship track in Paris  for a personal training session after a video of him riding round with Frédéric Magné was posted on Facebook.

The video was posted by Malaysian coach John Beasley who can be heard talking over the video saying Cookson had closed the track and stopped competitors from riding ahead of Thursday's afternoon session.

Cookson however was on the track ahead of the scheduled two hour training session that ran from midday to 2pm, when the track was officially closed.

Some team managers would like the training sessions open for longer to allow riders who are competing later in the week to ride. Typically the training sessions are used by riders warming up ahead of racing later that day.

As the story spread on twitter Cookson took to the social media platform to further deny he stopped riders from getting on the track.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.