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UCI confirms McQuaid and Cookson as only candidates in September's election

Nominations closed... but McQuaid's backing from Swiss Cycling still faces legal challenge...

With nominations closed last Saturday for the UCI presidential election in Florence in September, the UCI has confirmed that existing president Pat McQuaid, seeking a third term, and British Cycling president Brian Cookson, are the two candidates who will go head to head, with no other potential rivals having come forward ahead of the deadline.

McQuaid's nomination from Swiss Cycling, the national federation of the country where he lives and where the UCI is based, is conditional on it overcoming a legal challenge from some members.

The Irishman, however, whose potential nomination from Cycling Ireland was defeated by a vote at an Emergency General Meeting in Dublin last month, insists that everything is in order.

In a communication from the UCI, McQuaid and Cookson, who have already fired salvoes at each other through press releases, adopted a less confrontational stance than will be seen in the months ahead of the UCI Congress in Florence on 27 September.

McQuaid said:  “Cycling has changed since I became UCI President in 2005. Cycling is now a global sport. It is now possible to race and win clean. During the past eight years I have introduced the most sophisticated and effective anti-doping infrastructure in world sport to cycling and opened up everything that is beautiful about our sport to new countries around the world.

“Cycling is a changed sport and it has a bright future. My mission now is ensure that we never turn back and that we preserve the culture of change within the peloton, that we revolutionize the way that we present our sport and that we continue to develop cycling worldwide in collaboration with all of our stakeholders.”

Cookson commented: “The UCI and cycling face some huge challenges as we look to the future but our great sport also has some incredible opportunities – if we can grasp them. I believe that I have a strong and proven track record in delivering positive change in cycling and in a way that is collegiate – not confrontational – as my time as President of British Cycling shows.

“I want to see the UCI defined by genuine collaboration, renewed trust and with a vision to fully tackle the issues we face. If we deliver then cycling can reach new heights in the years ahead.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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zanf | 10 years ago


northstar | 10 years ago

All aboard.

crazy-legs | 10 years ago

During the past eight years I have introduced the most sophisticated and effective anti-doping infrastructure in world sport to cycling

By buying a blood testing machine with money obtained via a bribe to cover up some inconvenient positive dope tests...


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