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by Shane Stokes
June 21, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: France’s Lappartient declares he will run against Cookson in UCI presidential election; Cookson questions Lappartient’s vision, says Frenchman hasn’t provided a detailed plan; Lance Armstrong wants Andreu and LeMond, USADA report and more excluded from fraud trial; Cummings to return to racing in British championships; How the UCI president gets elected; Jesse Anthony details battle against mononucleosis; Peter Sagan to become a father; Bahrain Merida review of 2017 Giro; Cycling Motivation 2017 – The Classics
Responding to David Lappartient’s declaration that he will run against Brian Cookson for the UCI presidency, the Briton questioned what he said was a lack of detail and vision from the Frenchman.
“I strongly believe that my track record of restoring integrity and credibility to the UCI, and developing cycling over the past four years, together with my plans for a final four year term as president, will be judged favourably by the cycling family at the UCI Congress in Bergen in September,” said Cookson in a statement.
“My plans can be read on my campaign website together with some of the messages of support I have been proud to receive from across the cycling world, from those most familiar with the work of my administration.
“That website also contains a summary of the many things which have been achieved over the last four years of my leadership of the UCI across anti-doping, governance, transparency, women’s cycling, communication and the development of the sport. Having recently had confirmation from the IOC that at the Tokyo Games we will have additional medals for men’s and women’s events in both the Madison and BMX Freestyle, I am proud that cycling is now the third largest Olympic sport.
“Having changed the constitution of the UCI to introduce term limits and improve the election process after the controversial events of four years ago, I respect other people’s right to announce their candidature. I note that so far David Lappartient has not set out very much detail in his plan or any vision he may have beyond his well known personal ambition for the role. I look forward to debating what matters for the future of cycling over the coming months.”
Click through to read a recent interview with Brian Cookson on CyclingTips.