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by Shane Stokes
June 15, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan extends record with victory on stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse; Roglic wins prologue of Ster ZLM Toer; Romano wins stage 6 of the U23 Giro d’Italia; Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen loses fight against leukaemia; British Cycling discrimination report released amid claims of whitewash; Cookson ‘would be surprised’ if rumoured rivals for UCI presidency stand for election; Deutsch carves out Trans Am lead, records on the line; Trek expands endurance range with new entry-level Domane AL aluminum models; Video: Peter Sagan press conference after stage 5 of the 2017 Tour de Suisse; Video: Tour de Suisse 2017 – full prologue of Peter Sagan; Video: Disc Brakes Vs Rim Brakes with Chris Hoy; Video: how not to watch a bike race; Sagan’s Suisse celebration.
In just over three month’s time UCI President Brian Cookson’s first four year term will end at the UCI congress. A presidential election is anticipated there, and in recent months both UEC president David Lappartient of France and Belgian Cycling federation president Tom Van Damme have been suggested as possible candidates.
However, speaking to CyclingTips this week, Cookson has said there is a chance that he could be the sole candidate for the election. “I don’t know if there will be any other candidates,” he said, when asked if he anticipated Lappartient and/or Van Damme would run.
“Both the two names that you mentioned have been members of the UCI management committee for the last four years, so they have shared in the administration that I have led. They have obviously taken part in the decision and the discussions that we have made as a management committee. So I will be quite surprised if either of them choose to stand. Let’s see what happens.”
Membership of the management committee under a president doesn’t disqualify candidates from running; indeed, in 2013, Cookson was in such a position and went up against the-then president Pat McQuaid, beating him in the election.
There are still several more days until the deadline for candidates, and only when that has passed will he know the situation. “If I am not opposed, that means we can spend the next three months governing and managing and developing the sport of cycling instead of worrying about an election process,” he said, when asked if he could end up being unopposed. “But that is not a matter for me – I have made it clear that I am willing to do another four years. I have formally submitted my candidature now to the UCI’s legal department. The closing date is, I believe, the 21st of June. So let’s see what happens.”
Click through to read the full interview on CyclingTips.