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by Shane Stokes
September 22, 2017
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Challenger David Lappartient has had a landslide victory at the UCI presidential elections, receiving over four times as many votes as the incumbent, Brian Cookson. The Frenchman received 37 out of the 45 delegate votes, with Cookson receiving just eight.
Cookson had suggested earlier this month that he had a sizeable majority of delegates on his side, but rumours from the world championships in Bergen, Norway, had suggested that things were far closer than that. Ultimately there was a big gap, but in the opposite direction.
Part of Lappartient’s manifesto was based around a pledge to ramp up testing for technological fraud and also to strengthen anti-doping processes. He also said that he would work to advance women’s cycling. Cookson had run on a platform of continuing the advancements he said he had brought to the sport.
Addressing the international delegates, Lappartient gave a brief speech. “I am deeply honoured to address my first presidential speech before you today,” he said. “You just elected me as the president of the Union Cycliste Internationale, and I am very grateful for your support and wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“It is a great responsibility and I will endeavour in the next four years of my presidency to be worthy of such trust and deliver my commitment to you. I am delighted to see that my electors have come from all continents. The projects that I have proposed to the UCI and which I share with you seems to offer great hope for the future of international cycling.”
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