Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen dies

Verbruggen was UCI president from 1991 to 2005

Former UCI president Hein Verburggen

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Dutchman Hein Verbruggen, former president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), died last night due to leukaemia.

The 75-year-old presided over cycling's governing body from 1991 to 2005, when he was succeeded by Pat McQuaid, and remained an honorary president. He also was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), chairing the coordination commission for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.