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by Shane Stokes
June 16, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Pozzovivo takes stage 6 and overall lead in the Tour de Suisse; Groenewegen wins stage 2 of Ster ZLM Toer; Sam Bennett wins stage 1 of the Tour of Slovenia; Hindley and Hamilton take Australian one-two on final day of Baby Giro, Sivakov wins overall; Loubet wins stage one of the Route du Sud; Min wins stage 2 of the Tour of Korea; Cavendish returns to action with solid ride on stage one of the Tour of Slovenia; Cookson defends biological passport, reveals existence of two ongoing cases; Varnish angry after publication of British Cycling report; Collins says he doesn’t believe Cookson should be re-elected UCI president; Matthews confirmed to lead Team Sunweb at Tour de France as longlist announced; Video: Peter Sagan rides new Specialized Diverge; Video: Throwback Thursday from the 2016 world championships
British MP Damian Collins has said that he believes the findings of the investigation into British Cycling means that Brian Cookson shouldn’t be re-elected as UCI president. Collins was previously the chair of the culture, media and sport select committee looking into the federation and is seeking re-election to that position after the recent British general election.
“The crisis in British Cycling is a result of its poor governance structure,” he said in a statement on Thursday. “The board sought to avoid conflict with senior team leaders and coaches, and there was no accountability for their actions. Even when concerns were brought to their attention they failed to act upon them. In light of the findings of the independent review, I do not believe that Brian Cookson should be re-elected as head of the UCI – he certainly should receive any support from UK Sport for his campaign.
“There also needs to be a complete change in the governance structure of British Cycling – none of the members of the board from the period covered in the investigation should remain, which would mean that Jonathan Browning should stand aside from his position as Chairman.”
Prior to becoming UCI president, Cookson was British Cycling president for many years. He was one of a limited number of people who saw a report produced post-Olympics by Peter King in 2012. This report highlighted many problems with the structure of BC, but is said to have been effectively buried by British Cycling. This in turn lead to the problems documented in the most recent report.
Cookson’s first term as UCI president ends in September of this year, but he his hoping to be re-elected.