Brian Cookson faces challenge for UCI presidency

Current vice-president David Lappartient puts his name forward for top job

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Brian Cookson will face a challenge for the presidency of the UCI when elections take place in September.

Cookson, who has been president of cycling’s world governing body since 2013, will be challenged by David Lappartient, one of three current UCI vice-presidents and president of the European Cycling Union (UEC).

Setting out why he had decided to run for the role, Lappartient said that he wanted to provide cycling with “real leadership” and help to modernise the sport.

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“I want to make UCI a strong and well-respected federation by improving its governance and regain its capacity of influence in the Olympic movement,” Lappartient said in a statement.

“The UCI must be at the service of the national federations. It is its primary vocation! And I will endeavour to develop the mission of the World Cycling Centre and to strengthen solidarity programs. Together we will make cycling the sport of the 21st century. It is up to us to develop this sport with such an enormous potential.”

Lappartient also criticised recent reforms of professional cycling, and said that more needed to be done to combat cheating to guarantee the integrity of cycling.

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“Professional road cycling is the highlight of our sport,” he continued. “However, the recent reforms have unfortunately failed to meet the challenges we are facing with, in this discipline. In collaboration with the different stakeholders, I will put in place fundamental and ambitious changes to improve road cycling.

“Finally, I will be relentless when it comes to guaranteeing the credibility and accuracy of race results! We must be unshakable when dealing with technological fraud, doping or the potential manipulation of results related to sports betting. It is the mission of UCI to guarantee these core values. I will be strongly committed to my role as your leader and will make the changes we need in cycling.”

The election of the UCI president will take place on September 21 at the World Championships in Bergen, Norway. Voting is done by secret ballots by 45 delegates from the different Continental Confederations.