Friday 24 November 2017

Cookson outlines his plans to oust Pat McQuaid as UCI President

UCI president Pat McQuaid
UCI president Pat McQuaid

Matt McGeehan

British Cycling president Brian Cookson today outlined his challenge to International Cycling Union incumbent Pat McQuaid, vowing to restore trust and credibility in the sport's world governing body if elected later this year.

Cookson is so far the only person to challenge McQuaid's leadership as the Irishman, who has been UCI president since 2005, seeks to be elected for a third term in September's elections.

Several pledges have been made by Cookson, including to tackle the perceived failings of the eras of McQuaid and his predecessor, Hein Verbruggen.

Both McQuaid and Verbruggen reigns have been tarnished by systematic doping in the sport, epitomised by drugs cheat Lance Armstrong's domination of the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005.

Cookson, British Cycling president since 1996, said: "I believe the most important challenge for the new president is to restore trust in the UCI, and most importantly to rebuild people's faith in the way that anti-doping is dealt with.

"We need to give people reasons to believe that the future will be different from the past. We must build a culture of trust and confidence."

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