UK chief ready to challenge McQuaid
Just days after a group of Irish riders challenged the legality of Swiss Cycling's nomination of Pat McQuaid as their candidate for the upcoming UCI presidential elections, British Cycling president Brian Cookson will today be officially announced as an opposition candidate.
Cookson was part of a committee that saved British cycling from bankruptcy in 1996 and has headed the national governing body in the UK since then, overseeing a massive turnaround in the sport there – the new set-up has produced several Olympic champions as well as a first British Tour de France winner in Bradley Wiggins last year.
The 61-year-old from Lancaster has been a member of the UCI management committee since 2009 and has been head of both the UCI cyclo-cross and road commissions in that time.
Meanwhile, Italian Mauro Santambrogio became the second rider from the Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team to test positive for EPO at this year's Giro d'Italia.