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UCI president Brian Cookson seeks second term

Joseph Delves
5 Jun 2017

Former president of British Cycling wants to be re-elected to serve a further four years

Current UCI president Brian Cookson will put himself forward for re-election and after announcing his intention to stand via his website, he has also launched his second term manifesto.

In its preface of the manifesto, Cookson explains: ‘I am excited to share with you my six point plan for how we can build on the success we have achieved and, together, reinforce our sport where it is traditionally strong and accelerate the growth of cycling across the world.’

Cookson’s first four years as head of the Union Cycliste Internationale have generally been regarded as a success. Replacing the divisive Pat McQuaid, in what was an extremely close run election, his candidacy was widely supported by more established federations.

They had hoped he would help clean up the sport’s image, and refocus racing in its traditional heartlands. This was something Cookson addressed in his opening pitch.

‘Looking back to 2013 the UCI, and our sport, faced a number of severe challenges. Our credibility as an international federation had come into question.

'I addressed these challenges directly, from the very first day of taking office. The work has been hard but the results are clear. We are now proud to be a well-respected international federation, seen by WADA in particular as being the reference point in our work for clean sport.’

However, since then Cookson’s presidency hasn’t been without controversy. His reputation as a ‘white knight’ candidate took a knock after allegations of bullying at British Cycling surfaced.

The UK Government investigation into the organisation, of which Cookson was president from 1997 to 2013, also brought under scrutiny his involvement with the Team Sky project.

As yet it’s unclear if anyone will stand against the incumbent president. David Lappartient, current president of the Union of European Cycling is one potential challenger.

The election will take place at the World Cycling Congress during the road world championships which begin on 16th September in Bergen, Norway.

Cookson's manifesto: Six specific areas of policy

1. Drive growth across all cycling’s disciplines
2. Accelerate international development
3. Equal opportunity for women
4. Champion cycling for transport and leisure
5. Excellence in our operations and leading by example
6. Relentlessly work to maintain the restored credibility in the sport and the UCI

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