Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 24, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van der Poel, Vos take wins at Diegem; UK Anti-Doping Agency investigators search British Cycling HQ; British Cycling names new performance director; Van der Haar to return at Heusden-Zolder; Johan Museeuw rides 24 hours for charity; Brian Cookson offers a year in review; Esteban Chaves voted most friendly by media; Sunday Times editor says dooring article was ‘heavy irony’; London truck drivers given cyclist training; Sagan is not good at everything; Happy holidays!

Brian Cookson offers a year in review

by CyclingTips

UCI President Brian Cookson gave his end-of-year summary, noting the highlights, the challenges, the UCI’s work and what cycling fans can look forward to in 2017. In it he talks about the new partnerships, rider safety, anti-doping and women’s racing. Here is an excerpt:

Road World Championships 2016 TTT women

It’s been a year of real progress. Quite apart from the fantastic Olympic and Paralympic Games, our sport made great headway in many important areas over the year: women’s cycling was transformed by the incredibly successful launch of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, we also introduced a new Women Under-23 category at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, we announced a raft of changes to track cycling to create more spectator-friendly racing, we saw the inaugural UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup and finally, we awarded 15 UCI World Championships across seven disciplines. I’m excited for our sport as we enter 2017.

We have made great progress in terms of governance. We now have a revised and strengthened UCI Code of Ethics, which applies to a much broader base including all personnel, as well as consultants, race organisers, and more generally speaking to all licence holders within the sport of cycling. It widens the field of competence of the UCI Ethics Commission whose membership is increasingly composed of experienced professionals independent from the sport of cycling. The President is now Bernard Foucher, a member of the Supreme Court for administrative justice in France and an Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

I promised to deliver Constitutional reform and I am delighted that we now have a revised UCI Constitution that sets out new democratic processes, including the restriction of the number of terms of office for the President (to three). The constitutional reform marks another important step forward for the governance of the UCI, in line with international best practice, and will help to reinforce the UCI’s credibility within the international sports community, as well as with all our stakeholders.

As we pursue our work towards restoring credibility in the sport of cycling, we have continued to invest significantly in our anti-doping programme, which is rightly regarded as one of the leaders of any sport. Indeed, protecting the integrity of our sport remains an absolute priority and that is why we have invested significant resources to test literally thousands of bikes against technological fraud.

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