Benfatto beats Sunderland to win stage 3 of the Tour of China II; Lappartient dominates UCI Presidential Election; Cookson: ‘I depart with my head held high’; UCI scraps world championship team time trial; Gerrans to spend ‘last period of his career’ with BMC Racing Team; D’hoore moves to Orica-Scott; Danny van Poppel signs two-year deal with Team LottoNL-Jumbo; Men’s and women’s Tour de Yorkshire to expand; Stapleton secures UCI Management Committee seat
Benfatto wins in China, Lappartient is new UCI President: Daily News Digest
USA Cycling board chairman Bob Stapleton secured a place on the UCI Management Committee on Thursday, being voted in as a representative from the Pan American Cycling Confederation (COPACI), the Continental Confederation for the Caribbean and Central, North and South America.
The former manager of the T-Mobile/HTC Highroad squad said he would work to develop cycling. “This is an important time for our sport as there is a real opportunity to make meaningful progress in men’s and women’s cycling,” he stated. “I look forward to enacting positive changes which will help cycling reach its full potential.
Meanwhile USA Cycling’s CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall responded to the election of David Lappartient as the new president of the UCI, while also paying tribute to the outgoing chief Brian Cookson. “We know Mr. Lappartient well and have a very constructive working relationship,” he said.
“We look forward to working closely with him and the entirety of the UCI leadership team to drive further progress in the sport. We would also like to express our gratitude to Brian Cookson. He came to lead the organization during a difficult period and had an enormous, positive impact.”
Also coming on board the Management Committee are New Zealand’s Tony Mitchell, Spain’s José Luis Lopez Cerron, Toni Kirsh (Germany) and Amarjit Singh Gill Darshan Singh (Malaysia). Australia’s Tracey Gaudry is one of the previous members remaining on board. Separately, the European Cycling Union held an extraordinary general meeting to appoint the Swiss entrepreneur and former pro Rocco Cattaneo as acting president. He will replace Lappartient, who had been president. The UEC will vote at its next Congress in March 2018, appointing a new president to remain in place until 2021.