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by Mark Zalewski
April 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaudin wins out of two-rider break at Tro Bro Leon; Scarponi nets Astana first win of season at Tour of the Alps; Gilbert outsprints Kwiatkowski to win his fourth Amstel Gold Race; Anna van der Breggen powers to a solo victory at women’s Amstel Gold Race return; Walkout: Illuminate women leave over dispute with manager; Gilbert out for rest of Classics with kidney injury; Rivera retains Women’s WorldTour lead after Amstel Gold Race; Amstel Gold Race defending champ Gasparotto crashes out, but escapes serious injury; Pieter Weening expected to return for Liège; Cookson says he did nothing to be ‘ashamed of or concerned about’ while head of British Cycling; Apeldoorn to host 2018 UCI Track World Championships; 2017 UCI Track World Championships – Day 4 highlights; Video: Paris-Roubaix with Fast Forward Wheels.
UCI president Brian Cookson told BBC Sport that he did nothing to be “ashamed of or concerned about” while he was the head of British Cycling. This comes as the independent report investigating the organisation during his tenure, expected to be released in May, has been leaked showing a scathing indictment and a ‘culture of fear.’
“Some of the things I’ve read have been unfair and unbalanced,” he said. “I believe that the draft is only a partial investigation and that’s reflected by the content of the draft. I hope that what I have said, along with various others who have now commented, will result in a more balanced final report.”
The report’s publication has been delayed since last fall over legal squabbling and people like Cookson coming late in the process and insisting to be interviewed, looking to defend the organisation. At the same time UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is still investigating allegations of wrongdoing involving both Team Sky and British Cycling.
Cookson will stand for reelection to the UCI presidency this fall, and said he will not seek funding from UK Sport — the government funding body that contributed £77,000 to his election bid in 2013. “British Cycling will be supporting me in a modest way and I think that’s normal,” he said.
Cookson could see a challenge to his reelection as former French Cycling Federation (FFC) president David Lappartient, currently the president of the European Cycling Union, could also stand in the election.
Click through to read more at BBC Sport.