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by Shane Stokes
August 2, 2017
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Claiming that he has substantial support in his bid to be re-elected as UCI President, Brian Cookson has made positive noises about his September battle against challenger David Lappartient of France. According to Inside the Games, Cookson is thought to have good support in Africa, the Americas and Asia, while Lappartient apparently has Europe on his side.
The latter zone features 15 out of the 45 global delegates, with the other three having nine each. Oceania has three. Cookson said that he believes he is leading the contest at present, but also vowed to continue working hard in the remaining weeks.
“I think I have very substantial support in all of those areas and I think even though David might be the President of the UEC, I do not think he has all of those votes,” he said. “There will be quite a few who are sympathetic and supportive of me and understand the progress that has been made in the last four years.
“We do not want to jeopardise it and go backwards. I think I have a lot of support around the world and I will be meeting with people over the next couple of weeks to consolidate that.”
Although previous president Pat McQuaid and former professional Lance Armstrong have both been critical of Cookson of late, he has shrugged off their comments. “Just look back at where we were in 2013 and the spectre of people have risen up again to make comment in the last couple of days,” he said. “People can remember what a disastrous situation the UCI was in then. I was the one who put my head above the parapet then, if you talk about leadership, no-one else wanted to take that on and challenge the status quo and the people who had run cycling into the ground in the previous period.”
Click through to read more at Inside the Games.