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Bennett wins stage 1 of Tour of Turkey, Sagan for TDU: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bennett wins stage 1 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey; Sagan confirms Santos Tour Down Under appearance; Reichenbach diagnosed with additional fracture, will be out of action for three months; Roglic targets Grand Tour success, but bides time for podium finish; Cookson on bid for re-election: ‘We got the politics disastrously wrong’; German time trial talent Teutenberg signs on for two years with Team WNT; Hansen stays with Team Virtu for another year; Driver rugby-tackles female cyclist and causes spinal fracture; Video: The Ultimate Cycling Motivation 2017; Video: taking yellow on a spectator’s bike.

Cookson on bid for re-election: ‘We got the politics disastrously wrong’

by Shane Stokes

Brian Cookson (l) at the moment he learned that he had been beaten in the UCI presidential election. Photo by by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com.

Former UCI President Brian Cookson has written about his tenure at the top of the sport, his defeat in the recent elections and what he feel went wrong with his campaign for reelection. Writing in Cycling Weekly, the Briton also talks about what is next for him and why his quality of life is set to improve.

Here’s an excerpt:

The margin of the vote was certainly a surprise to me. It did not reflect the discussions I had with voting delegates and National Federations in the days and weeks before the Congress.

Clearly some delegates changed their minds at the last minute. I think my team and I ran a good campaign, we made bold but achievable commitments in my manifesto, and on the day I think my speech to the Congress, which contained a number of new commitments, was fair and honest. I genuinely believed I was ahead by a reasonable margin. Clearly not enough delegates felt the same way.

But for all the coverage that there has been, I haven’t read a single accurate analysis. The result was nothing to do with any of the British Cycling or Team Sky controversies, nothing to do with my style of leadership, nothing to do with technological fraud allegations, and nothing to do with my perceived personality strengths or weaknesses.

In fact, I have excellent personal relationships with all of the delegates, all of the National Federations, and with the members of the UCI’s committees, commissions, and stakeholders. The result was pure politics. In simple terms, I think we got the campaign right, but the politics disastrously wrong.

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