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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
Exactly a week after UCI president Brian Cookson told CyclingTips that he thought it was possible that no other candidates would run against him, Frenchman David Lappartient has announced that he will oppose him in the UCI elections in September.
Lappartient is 44 years of age and is the president of the Professional Cycling Council. He has been part of the UCI for over a decade, being elected to the steering committee on September 28 2005. He was president of the French Cycling Federation between 2009 and 2017, deciding last year not to seek a third term. The reason for that decision may well be linked to his aim to become UCI president.
Last time around, Lappartient encouraged Brian Cookson to run for president. After the Briton’s election in 2013 he became vice-president, and has also been president of the European Cycling Union since the same year.
“At the upcoming September 21st UCI Congress in Bergen, Norway, 45 delegates from five continents will vote to elect a new UCI President and renew members of the Management Committee,” said Lappartient in a statement. “Given the challenges lying ahead for the future President of the UCI and his team, there is a great deal at stake for both our sport and our international federation.
“With my proven track record as a two-term President of the French Cycling Federation (FFC) (2009 –2017), my experience as President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme since 2013, and with the strong back up of the FFC, I have made the decision to be a candidate to become the next President of the Union Cycliste Internationale and lead a solid reform that will genuinely overcome the various challenges that the organization is facing with.”
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