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by Shane Stokes
September 15, 2017
Colbrelli wins Coppa Bernocchi; Mads Pedersen wins stage 3 of the PostNord Danmark Rundt; Cooper wins stage 3 of the Tour of China I; Tensions rise in UCI presidential race on allegations of position for McQuaid; Then there were seven: Australia adds Hosking and Neylan to Road Worlds team; Cummings withdraws from world championship TT after being passed over for road race; Race to the Rock: Carlsson blazes through the 3,000 km to Uluru in less than ten days; Tyler Farrar talks career, retirement and what’s next; A bump in the road of life: A Fyxo story; Video: Full recap of the 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour; Video: Coffee anyone?; Video: Contador’s lap of honour; Video: Best of La Vuelta 2017; Video: World championship road race course preview
Tensions are rising in the build up to the 2017 UCI presidential election, to be held at UCI Congress on September 21 during the world road championships in Bergen, Norway. Incumbent president Brian Cookson, who defeated two-term president Pat McQuaid in Florence in 2013, seeks a second four-year term but faces a challenger in David Lappartient, president of the European Cycling Union since March 2013, and UCI vice-president since Cookson’s election.
While relations between the two have remained relatively amenable over the summer, that may be changing one week out from the UCI Congress. At the heart of the issue is an allegation that’s surfaced that Lappartient has promised McQuaid, the former UCI president, a prominent position at the UCI if he wins the UCI presidency.
Sources have told CyclingTips that Lappartient offered McQuaid an honorary president position within the UCI in return for his support, and that before his death in June, Verbruggen was “actively contacting people to drum up support for Lappartient.”
Both Lappartient and McQuaid deny any arrangement to bring McQuaid back into the hallways of UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland, should Lappartient win the election. Lappartient described the rumour as “entirely false information” and said that spreading it to journalists and others was “a regrettable action” that was part of Cookson’s election strategy.
McQuaid said suggestions of such a deal was “absolute rubbish.” He did acknowledge, however, that he sent an email to UCI voting delegates in support of Lappartient. “If I intervened, it’s only to encourage a change of presidency, which I feel is badly needed,” McQuaid told CyclingTips, suggesting that the rumor of an honorary president role for him was spawned by Cookson’s campaign.
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