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by Matt de Neef
June 5, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Thomas De Gendt wins stage 1 of the Criterium du Dauphine; Greg Van Avermaet wins the Tour of Luxembourg; Team Sky takes narrow win in the inaugural Hammer Series event; Mathieu van der Poel victorious in the Boucles de la Mayenne; Andrew Suzuki leads the Trans Am Bike Race; Chaves “so happy” to return to racing at the Dauphine; UCI president Brian Cookson announces bid for second term; India launches its first bike-share scheme; Peter Sagan’s newest TV commercial.
UCI president Brian Cookson laid out his vision for organised cycling on Friday as he confirmed, via his website, that he is seeking a second, four-year term as president of the sport’s governing body.
“By working together we’ve come a long way in the four years since I was elected,” Cookson wrote. “Today pride has been restored to cycling and our sport is cleaner, stronger and more transparent. We have made great progress together, but there is more to be done to secure these foundations and accelerate the growth of cycling across the world. That is why I am standing for a second and final term as UCI President to build on this progress and finish the work I have committed to do.
“I am excited to share with you my six-point plan for how we can build on the success we have achieved and, together, reinforce our sport where it is traditionally strong and accelerate the growth of cycling across the world.”
Cookson says that his six-point plan “will drive growth across all cycling’s disciplines, accelerate our international development, champion cycling for transport and leisure, ensure there is equal opportunity for men and women to participate and compete, build on our restored credibility and ensure the UCI continues to drive excellence in our operations.”
Cookson’s most likely challenger comes in the form of David Lappartient, president of the Union of European Cycling (UEC) and former president of the French Cycling Federation. The 2017 UCI presidential election takes place at the World Cycling Congress during the road world championships in September in Bergen, Norway.
Follow the link to read more at CyclingTips. Cookson’s full manifesto can be downloaded here.